Artisan Pictures has picked up North American rights to the dark comedy “Roger Dodger.” Pic recently preemed at the inaugural Tribeca Film Festival, where it was honored as best narrative feature. It’s slated for a late fall release.
Based on the film’s reception at Tribeca, the producers brought the print to Cannes in order to screen it for Artisan’s senior execs.
The directorial debut of Dylan Kidd, “Roger Dodger” is the story of a womanizing ad executive who takes his teenage nephew out for a night on the town and, in the process, discovers respect for women. Kidd also penned the script.
The film stars Campbell Scott, Isabella Rossellini, Jennifer Beals, Elizabeth Berkeley and Jesse Eisenberg.
Kidd produced the film with Anne Chaisson and George VanBuskirk of equity production shingle Holedigger Films. Scott served as exec producer with David Newman and Martin Garvey.
“This is a film that Artisan Entertainment CEO Amir Malin, Rachel Cohen (Artisan senior VP acquisitions) and I fell in love with upon our first viewing,” says Artisan exec VP Patrick Gunn.
Artisan acquisitions coordinator Tamara Lecker was the first to identify the film for the distrib.
Malin and Gunn negotiated the deal throughout Tuesday night with Andrew Hurwitz of Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein.
Holedigger recently wrapped production on Alan Rudolph’s “The Secret Lives of Dentists” as well as “Blizzard,” a family feature directed by LeVar Burton. Company is in preproduction on Scott’s next directorial outing, “Off the Map.”