Fireworks sparks to ‘Nola’ at Tribeca fest

Story follows singer-songwriter who flees abusive stepdad

Marking the first acquisition out of the Tribeca Film Festival, Fireworks Pictures has picked up U.S. theatrical rights to Alan Hruska’s romantic comedy “Nola,” which world-preemed Thursday at the fest.

Story of a young singer-songwriter who flees her trailer-trash home and abusive stepfather in Kansas to find the father she never knew in New York, the film stars Emmy Rossum, who co-starred in “Songcatcher” and appears in Roland Emmerich’s upcoming “Tomorrow” and Clint Eastwood’s Cannes Competition entry “Mystic River.”

Mary McDonnell, Steven Bauer and James Badge Dale also star in the feature, which marks the debut, at 69, of New York attorney Hruska as writer-director. Jill Footlick and Rachel Peters of Archer Entertainment produced.

“Instead of resting on his laurels as a high-powered litigator, Alan decided to realize his lifelong ambition as a filmmaker,” said Fireworks VP of acquisitions and co-productions Bob Aaronson. “He’s an inspiration. ‘Nola’ is an accomplished and entertaining piece of work.”

“I couldn’t be happier that the film is in Fireworks’ hands,” Hruska said. “Young, smart and dedicated to the project, the team is revved to make ‘Nola’ a success.”

Deal was negotiated by Aaronson, with Andrew Herwitz of the Film Sales Co. representing the producers.

Fireworks has Peter Solett’s “Raising Victor Vargas” in release and is preparing to open Dan Ireland’s “Passionada,” also starring Rossum.

Recent releases from the company include Henry Bean’s “The Believer” and Christine Jeff’s “Rain.”

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