Borderline, Fox Searchlight ink first-look deal

Searchlight acquired 'Martha Marcy' at Sundance

“Martha Marcy May Marlene” production shingle Borderline Films has inked a two-year first look deal with “May” distrib Fox Searchlight.

“Fox Searchlight is an ideal home for our company,” Said Borderline’s Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin and Josh Mond in a statement. “This partnership allows us to take the momentum we’ve built since launching Borderline in 2003 to an entirely new level.”

Searchlight acquired “May” at this year’s Sundance Film Fest. Pic, which unspooled as a limited release Oct. 21, has since grossed $536,000.

UTA, Washington Square Arts and Nelson Davis and Wetzstein, LLP repped Borderline in the deal. Senior VP Megan O’Brien repped Searchlight. Senior veep of production Zola Mashariki will oversee Borderline’s production slate.

NYU Tisch film school alums Campos, Durkin and Mond formed the Gotham-based Borderline in 2003. Its first feature film, “Afterschool,” preemed at the 2008 Cannes Film Fest in Un Certain Regard.

Other Borderline pics include “Two Gates of Sleep” and “Buy It Now.”

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