IFC Midnight acquires U.S. rights to femme-focused thriller ‘Rust Creek’

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Jen McGowan

IFC Midnight has acquired the U.S. rights to the femme-focused thriller “Rust Creek.”

Jen McGowan (“Kelly & Cal,” “Touch”) directed from a script by Julie Lipson, based on a story by Lunacy Productions’ Stu Pollard, who also produced the thriller, according to Variety.

The film stars British actress Hermione Corfield (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”) in her first leading role. “Rust Creek” co-stars Jay Paulson, Sean O’Bryan, John Marshall Jones, Micah Hauptman, Daniel R. Hill and Jeremy Glazer.

Corfield plays an overachieving college senior on her way to a job interview, when a wrong turn leaves her stranded deep in the frozen Kentucky woods. She has to withstand the brutal elements and elude a band of ruthless outlaws. She is forced into an uneasy alliance with Paulson’s enigmatic loner.

In accordance with Lunacy Productions’ mandate to support female filmmakers, most of the key roles on the movie are filled by women, including director of photography, production designer, colorist, and sound mixer, according to Variety. The production was awarded a Women in Film LA finishing fund grant.

“We are thrilled to partner with IFC Films on the release of this very special film,” Pollard said. “The entire crew — with Jen leading the way — did an amazing job in some very extreme conditions. We are very excited for audiences nationwide to see our cast’s amazing performances.”

IFC Midnight is planning a January theatrical release.


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