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Gabai’s Check banner picks up ‘Audrey’

Female-driven comedy will be released in September

Richard Gabai’s fledgling Check Entertainment Distribution has acquired Sybil Temtchine and Dean Pollack’s “Audrey” and plans to release the female-driven comedy in September.

Temtchine stars with Pollack directing. “Audrey” is co-written and produced by Temtchine and Pollack. Richard Bever (“Against the Current”) and Stephen Israel (“Swimming With Sharks”) also produce, with Ruth Vitale, Effie T. Brown and Brian Altounian exec producing.

Story follows 90 minutes in a young woman’s day as she waits in a restaurant for her date to arrive. As the clock ticks away and her date is nowhere to be found, the bistro transforms into a heightened reality, with her insecurities and inner demons manifesting themselves and wreaking havoc upon her.

“Audrey” began as a short film starring Temtchine and directed by Pollack called “Piece A’ Cake,” which Temtchine also wrote and produced. Based on the response, they decided to expand it into a feature film — and raised two thirds of their budget by appealing to women’s groups such as Janet Hanson’s 85 Broads.

Temtchine and Pollack also worked through Film Independent’s Producer’s Lab and were awarded the Panavision New Filmmaker’s Grant.

Temtchine’s feature credits include “Footprints,” “The Undying,” “The Cavern,” “Ten Benny” and “Restaurant.” Pollack is in development on “The Gardener’s Daughter” and wrote, produced and directed “Show and Tell,” which won the $100,000 Blockbuster Independent Filmmaker Award and had a two-year run on Showtime.

Check released its first film, psychological crime thriller “InSight,” in September.

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