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Tribeca nabs Karpovsky pic pair

Film unit acquires rights to 'Rubberneck, ' 'Red Flag'

Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to the Alex Karpovsky movies “Rubberneck” and “Red Flag.”

Tribeca Film plans to releases for both films in February, including select theatrical and through VOD.

“Red Flag” was produced by Michael Bowes. “Rubberneck” was produced by Bowes, Garth Donovan, and Adam Roffman.

Karpovsky stars in both movies. He is one of the stars of HBO’s “Girls”; feature credits include “Tiny Furniture,” “Sleepwalk with Me,” “Beeswax” and the upcoming “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “Supporting Characters,” which Tribeca releases in January.

As a writer-director, his credits include “Woodpecker” and “The Hole Story.”

“Rubberneck” had its world premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in April while “Red Flag” premiered in June at the Los Angeles Film Festival and was recently nominated for “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You” at the Gotham Independent Film Awards.

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“Rubberneck,” co-written by Karpovsky and Garth Donovan, is a story of workplace romance gone wrong. Karpovsky portrays a research scientist Paul who ontinues to lust after his beautiful coworker (Jamie Ray Newman), nurturing his fantasies with the occasional polite exchange at work. But once she starts dating another scientist at their lab, his infatuation quickly turns into obsession.

Karpovsky stars in “Red Flag” and directs from his own script, portraying a newly-single indie filmmaker who hits the road with an old friend to promote one of his films and is pursued by an adoring fan (Jennifer Prediger) who drives them into an exceptionally uncomfortable love triangle.

The deal for “Rubberneck” was negotiated for Tribeca Film by Nick Savva, and Alison Diviney and for the filmmakers by Nate Bolotin at XYZ Films. Deal for “Red Flag” was negotiated by Diviney on behalf of Tribeca Film and by Traction Media on behalf of the filmmakers.

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