Chris Messina’s ‘Alex of Venice’ Gets Distribution

Screen Media Films has acquired worldwide rights to “Alex of Venice,” actor Chris Messina’s directorial debut, for a release in the first half of 2015.

Messina also stars, along with Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Don Johnson, Derek Luke and Katie Nehra.

Winstead plays a workaholic attorney forced to reinvent herself after her husband (Messina) suddenly leaves the family. She’s forced to deal with an aging father (Johnson), an eccentric sister (Nehra) and an extremely shy son (Skylar Gaertner).

The drama has played at the Tribeca, Seattle and San Francisco Film Festivals and is scheduled to appear at the Deauville, Napa Valley and Hollywood Film Festivals.

Ronnie Schieb said in her Tribeca review that Winstead’s performance is “extraordinary.”

“Alex” is produced by Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell and exec produced by Samantha Housman and Louise Runge. The production company is Electric City Entertainment, which has produced “Half Nelson,” “Blue Valentine,” “The Place Beyond the Pines” and Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes” due in theaters this Christmas.

The deal was negotiated by Suzanne Blech and Seth Needle at Screen Media, with Marc Bortz and Kevin Iwashina of Preferred Content on behalf of the filmmakers.

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