×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Immigration Movie ‘From Nowhere’ Gets 2017 Release

FilmRise has acquired exclusive North American distribution rights to the indie drama “From Nowhere,” which won the Narrative Spotlight audience award at this year’s SXSW Film Festival.

“From Nowhere” follows three undocumented teenagers — a Dominican girl, an African boy and a Peruvian girl — who are about to graduate high school in the Bronx. When one of their teachers connects them with a lawyer to help them get their papers, the teens are forced to confront their past while fighting for their future.

The film is directed by Matthew Newton, and co-written by Newton and Kate Ballen. J. Mallory McCree (“Quantico”), Octavia Chavez-Richmond and Raquel Castro (“Empire”) are the leads while Julianne Nicholson plays the teacher and Denis O’Hare portrays the attorney.

“We are thrilled to be announcing our acquisition of ‘From Nowhere,’ a timely narrative on illegal immigration in America,” said Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise. “Adding a human element to a highly discussed political topic, we look forward spreading the film’s message to a broader audience when we release the film in theaters.”

FilmRise is planning on a winter release.

Joe Leydon gave the film a positive review for Variety: “Credible and creditable performances by a fine cast of promising newcomers and familiar veterans enhance the emotional impact of this low-key but compelling indie, which could find a receptive audience beyond the traditional arthouse crowd with the aid of savvy marketing and critical support.”

Newton said, “Immigration is one of the biggest issues facing the U.S. today and the film shines a light on three teenagers struggling to survive and thrive in circumstances that so many families in this country deal with every day — I wanted to give a voice to a group of people who can’t speak up for themselves.”

The deal was negotiated by Fisher and FilmRise’s Max Einhorn with Ryan Kampe of Visit Films. Newton is represented by Varun Monga at Equitable Stewardship for Artist.

More Film

  • 'The Dirt' Review: A Mötley Crüe

    Film Review: 'The Dirt'

    A long time ago, the words sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll carried a hint of danger. The lifestyle did, too, but I’m talking about the phrase. It used to sound cool (back around the time the word “cool” sounded cool). But sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll has long since passed into the realm [...]

  • James Newton Howard Danny Elfman

    New Trend in Concert Halls: Original Music by Movie Composers — No Film Required

    Movie and TV composers are in greater demand than ever for, surprisingly, new music for the concert hall. For decades, concert commissions for film composers were few and far between. The increasing popularity of John Williams’ film music, and his visibility as conductor of the Boston Pops in the 1980s and ’90s, led to his [...]

  • Idris Elba Netflix 'Turn Up Charlie'

    Idris Elba in Talks to Join Andy Serkis in 'Mouse Guard'

    Idris Elba is in negotiations to join Andy Serkis and Thomas Brodie-Sangster in Fox’s fantasy-action movie “Mouse Guard” with “Maze Runner’s” Wes Ball directing. Fox is planning a live-action movie through performance capture technology employed in the “Planet of the Apes” films, in which Serkis starred as the ape leader Caesar. David Peterson created, wrote, [...]

  • Zac Efron Amanda Seyfried

    Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried Join Animated Scooby-Doo Film as Fred and Daphne

    Zac Efron has signed on to voice Fred Jones while Amanda Seyfried will voice Daphne Blake in Warner Bros.’ animated Scooby-Doo feature film “Scoob.” It was revealed earlier this month that Will Forte had been set to voice Norville “Shaggy” Rogers, while Gina Rodriguez would be voicing Velma Dinkley. The mystery-solving teens and their talking [...]

  • 'Staff Only' Review: Cultures And Values

    Film Review: 'Staff Only'

    Marta (Elena Andrada) is 17, from Barcelona and alternately bored and mortified to be on a Christmas vacation to Senegal with her estranged dad, Manel (Sergi López), and annoying little brother, Bruno (Ian Samsó). For her, the freedoms of imminent adulthood, such as the occasional poolside mojito, are tantalizing close but still technically forbidden, rather [...]

  • Rocketman

    Candid 'Rocketman' Dares to Show Elton John as 'Vulnerable,' 'Damaged,' 'Ugly'

    Elton John movie “Rocketman” dares to portray the singer’s personality early in his career to have been, at times, “ugly,” Taron Egerton – who plays the pop star – told an audience at London’s Abbey Road Studios Friday, following a screening of 15 minutes of footage from the film. It is a candid portrayal, showing [...]

  • Ben Affleck

    Ben Affleck's Addiction Drama Set for Awards-Season Release

    Warner Bros. has given Ben Affleck’s untitled addiction drama an awards-season-friendly release date of Oct. 18. The film, which has been known previously as “The Has-Been” and “Torrance,” is directed by Gavin O’Connor and stars Affleck as a former basketball player struggling with addiction, which has led to him losing his wife. As part of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content