Pic debuted as short at Sundance
Nicolas McCarthy’s “The Pact,” which debuted at Sundance as a short, has wrapped as a full-length feature produced by Preferred Content’s Ross M. Dinerstein.Caity Lotz (“Mad Men”) leads the cast, which also includes Haley Hudson, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Sam Ball, Agnes Bruckner and Casper Van Dien. The ghost story — centered on two sisters’ return to their childhood home after their mother dies — could return to Sundance in January, according to Content Film topper Jamie Carmichael, who exec produced. “That’s our aim, anyhow,” Carmichael said. “The moment I saw the short film at Sundance, I knew there was an opportunity to make a really strong feature version.” Financing was arranged by Content Media Corp. Carmichael enlisted Dinerstein, whom he worked with on “The Divide” and “The Killing Room,” and asked the department heads from the short — cinematographer Bridger Nielson, production designer Walter Barnett, composer Ronen Landa, and editor Adriaan van Zyl — to return for the feature. Content, a 10-year-old sales and distribution specialist, has been expanding its profile in the past three years since relocating to Los Angeles. Recent titles include “The Dallas Buyers Club,” “Hick,” Nick Broomfield’s docu “Sarah Palin — You Betcha!,” “96 Minutes,” “The Numbers Station” “Outpost,” “Black Sun” and “The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.” McCarthy is represented by Alan Gasmer and attorney Jeremy Tenser. Lotz is represented by Michael Greene of Green and Associates and attorney Stephen Espinosa. Van Dien is represented by manager Steven Siebert of Lighthouse Entertainment and attorney Howard Fishman of Hirsch, Wallerstein, Hayum, Matlof & Fishman.