Film News Roundup: New Castle Pictures Launches at American Film Market

In today’s film news roundup, New Castle Pictures is formed, “Killer Kate” begins production next week, and Tessa Thompson is honored by the Napa Valley Film Festival.

NEW COMPANY

Sales and distribution executives Lyndon Golin, Peter Elson, and Ray Price have joined forces to launch New Castle Pictures, LLC as a new U.S.-based distribution company.

The company will specialize in independent English-language and foreign-language films with commercial appeal. NCP plans to release four to six films in its first year and will allow producers’ participation in the U.S. deals by offering P&A guarantees, gross revenue shares, and the opportunity to become partners in the distribution of their films.

Golin is the chairman. He’s currently president and co-founder of Regency Theatres, a 200-screen Southern California arthouse movie theater chain founded in 1996. Elson is a veteran of the international sales business. Price was formerly senior VP marketing for indie exhibition circuit Landmark Theatres.

CASTING

Feld Films will begin shooting of horror comedy “Killer Kate” on Nov. 6 in Los Angeles.

Elliot Feld will direct from a script he wrote with Daniel Moya. Danielle Burgess (“The Deuce,” “The Sinner”), Larry Cedar (“True Crime: The Menendez Murders”) and Tiffany Shepis are starring.

The story is set at bachelorette party held at a remote cabin booked on a home-sharing app, which turns into a savage life-or-death struggle that pits family against family. The film is being produced by Alexandra Feld, David Feld, Lawrence Feld, and Jesse Pruett.

FILM FESTIVAL

The seventh annual Napa Valley Film Festival announced actress Tessa Thompson will receive the Trailblazer Tribute at this year’s presentation on Nov. 9 in Yountville.

Thompson will join the festival’s previously announced line-up of honorees including Nancy Meyers, Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg, Nikki Reed, and Ian Somerhalder.

Thompson is best known for her roles in “Creed” and “Dear White People” as well as her performance on HBO’s drama series “Westworld.” She is also starring as the female lead in the third installment of the Thor franchise, “Thor: Ragnarok.”

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