Gravitas will partner with Samuel Goldwyn Films for the release with a pre-theatrical VOD opening followed by a November theatrical release.
The film screened at Tribeca, where Ronnie Schieb gave it a strong review for Variety: “Incandescent performances by Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon and an unerring grasp of strip-mall-dominated Florida distinguish ‘Sunlight Jr.’ the latest feature from writer-director Laurie Collyer (‘Sherrybaby’).”
Watts’ character, a hard-working convenience store employee with a disabled boyfriend (Dillon), is trapped in a generational cycle of poverty. She becomes pregnant, loses her job and is evicted from the motel they live in.
Deal was negotiated by Nolan Gallagher of Gravitas and CAA, Untitled Entertainment, and Roger Kass on behalf of the filmmakers.