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Brainstorm, Film Collective eye ‘The Girl’

Companies score U.S. distribution rights to Abbie Cornish drama

Brainstorm Media and the Film Collective have acquired U.S. distribution rights to David Riker’s “The Girl,” starring Abbie Cornish, Will Patton and Maritza Santiago Hernandez.

The movie, which premiered in April at the Tribeca Film Festival, will be released Friday in New York and Los Angeles for a one-week awards qualifying engagement at Landmark Theaters, followed by a full theatrical release in March.

The Girl” was produced by Paul Mezey via his Journeymen Pictures banner. Exec producers are Philipp Engelhorn of Cinereach Films and Nick Quested of Goldcrest Films.

Riker’s script centers on a single mother struggling with the loss of her child to Social Services in Texas while being unwilling to accept the consequences of her actions. When her path collides with that of a young child from Mexico, she begins a journey that will change her life.

Mezey is a New York-based independent producer and founder of Journeyman Pictures. Producing credits include “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “The Forgiveness of Blood,” “Maria Full of Grace” and “Half Nelson.”

Brainstorm Media, headed by Meyer Shwarzstein, is partnered with DirecTV on the documentary series “Something to Talk About” and will roll out films under the Fangoria label in 2013. Films in theatrical release include “Addicted to Fame,” “Big Boys Gone Bananas” and “Charlie Is My Darling.”

The Film Collective, headed by Ruth Vitale, is a consultancy business that works with filmmakers, financiers and production companies in strategic planning for their films in the worldwide marketplace.

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