U.S. dawn for Canuck indie ‘Dead’

Pic hooks U.S. distrib deal with Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment

Canadian indie horror/comedy “Dead Before Dawn 3D” has hooked a U.S. distribution deal with Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment at Toronto.

Directed by April Mullen (“GravyTrain”) — the first female director to shoot a feature in stereoscopic 3D — “Dead Before Dawn 3D” marks the third collaboration between Mullen and Tim Doiron’s production company Wango Films. Mullen is also producing with Doiron, who wrote the script.

Zom-com stars Devon Bostick, Christopher Lloyd and Martha MacIsaac. It follows the misadventures of several college kids who accidentally unleash an evil curse that causes people to kill themselves and turn into “zombie demons.”

“We are thrilled to be working alongside an innovative distribution company that’s extremely passionate about the film and its release,” Mullen said. “In the current marketplace, where independent film distribution needs to be uniquely specialized on a project-to-project basis, we believe Gaiam Vivendi will work with us to reach our audience.”

Part of the Cannes Festival Market, as well as Berlin and European Film Market earlier this year, pic has already sold rights to Germany and the U.K. (KSM Film), Hungary (Cinemax) and Russia (Big Movie).

“The acquisition by Gaiam Vivendi reinforces the fact that there’s a healthy appetite for independent 3D films if the content is right,” said VMI Worldwide prexy Andre Relis, who’s handling international sales.

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