Richard Bates, Jr.'s debut feature preemed at Sundance

Anchor Bay Films has acquired North American distribution rights to director/writer Richard Bates, Jr.’s debut feature “Excision” following its world premiere at Sundance.

The horror films, produced by Dylan Hale Lewis via BXR Prods., stars AnnaLynne McCord, Traci Lords, Ariel Winter, Roger Bart, Jeremy Sumpter, Malcolm McDowell, Matthew Gray Gubler, Marlee Matlin, Ray Wise and John Waters.

Story centers on a delusional teenage outcast, portrayed by McCord, who decides to perform a risky operation on her younger sister who suffers from cystic fibrosis. “Excision” is adapted from Bates’ short film, also called “Excision.”

The deal was negotiated by Kevin Kasha, Josh Thomashow and Marc Barson for Anchor Bay Films; Kevin Iwashina and Christine D’Souza of Preferred Content, Cassian Elwes, and Elsa Ramo of The Law Offices of Elsa Ramo negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.

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