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Faith-based ‘Pass the Light’ Set for U.S. Distribution via Carmike’s DigiNext

Vision Vehicle Productions has sold worldwide rights to its faith-based movie “Pass the Light” and its comedy “Construction” to Carmike’s DigiNext platform.

Both films will be released theatrically and downstream early next year through DigiNext, which has been used to release alternative content such as documentaries and independent features. Carmike bought DigiNext owner Digiplex in Mayacquiring 200 screens across 21 theaters in a deal worth north of $45 million.

Vision Vehicle is headed by actor Malcolm Goodwin (“Breakout Kings”), Broadway actor Victor Hawks and producer Angie Canuel of Awaken Entertainment. Longtime Digiplex topper Bud Mayo told Variety that access to the Carmike chain — the nation’s fourth largest with 2,600 screens — will  give alternative content a much bigger footprint.

“We are delighted to forge this new distribution agreement with Malcolm, Victor, and Angie of Vision Vehicle Productions,” Mayo said. “We expect ‘Pass the Light’ and ‘Construction’ to play very well across Carmike’s large and growing national footprint.”

Mayo told Variety that both titles should play well in Carmike’s core territories in the the South and Midwest.

“Pass the Light” is directed by Goodwin from a script by Hawks about a 17-year-old high school student played by Cameron Palatas of MTV’s “Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous.” Disturbed by a congressional candidate’s use of religion to spread hatred and intolerance, he runs for Congress on a message of love and community.

The film also stars Alexandria DeBerry (“A.N.T. Farm”), Jon Gries and Milena Govich.

Goodwin also directed “Construction” as a romantic musical with a script from Hawks, which follows blue-collar New Yorker (Hawks) in his pursuit of Broadway dreams and the girl he loves (Brooke Nevin of “Breakout Kings”). The film also stars Alexandra Chando (“The Lying Game”), Devin Ratray (“Nebraska”) and Gino Anthony Pesi.

Freestyle Releasing released Vision Vehicle Productions’ first feature, “A True Story,” in 2013.

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