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Freestyle hungry for ‘Donner Pass’

Company nabs U.S. rights to horror thriller

Freestyle Digital Media has acquired U.S. rights to horror thriller “Donner Pass,” and plans a release in the first quarter.

FDM announced the deal Saturday, three days after launching its new platform for digital distribution, cable and VOD on the opening day of the American Film Market. FDM touted the digital VOD platform as being capable of increasing independent filmmaker revenues through improved marketing efficiencies of day and date theatrical, and optimizing returns from direct-to-video releases.

“Donner Pass” is from Arroyo Filmworks, director Elise Robertson, producer Mouncey Ferguson, and screenwriter Scott Adams. Film tells the story of settlers in 1846 who became snowbound in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and had to resort to cannibalism to survive — and a group of teens on a ski trip 150 years later who discover that the curse of the Donner Party still haunts those mountains when members of their group start turning up not only dead, but half-eaten.

The deal was negotiated by FDM’s CEO Susan Jackson. International sales are being handled by Inferno’s Ember’s divison.

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