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Sundance ’11: IFC Acquires ‘Septien,’ VOD Premiere

While Michael Tully’s Septien will premiere at the “Park City at Midnight” portion of the Sundance Film Festival, taking place January 20-30 in Park City, Utah, IFC Films announced it’s already acquired the film with plans on releasing it theatrical later this year. Even cooler, IFC will premiere the film On Demand January 23, to coincide with the festival screening. This means you can watch it in the comfort of your own home, which is much better than suffering through the Utah cold. The pic follows a reclusive sports hustler returns home to his family farm after years of absence to reunite with his two eccentric, unhinged and emotionally damaged brothers.
Michael Tully’s SEPTIEN follows Cornelius Rawlings who returns to his family’s farm eighteen years after disappearing without a trace. While his parents are long deceased, Cornelius’s brothers continue to live in isolation on this forgotten piece of land. Ezra is a freak for two things: cleanliness and Jesus. Amos is a self-taught artist who fetishizes sports and Satan. Although back home, Cornelius is still distant. In between challenging strangers to one-on-one games, he huffs and drinks the days away. The family’s high-school sports demons show up one day in the guise of a plumber and a pretty girl. Only a mysterious drifter can redeem their souls on 4th and goal. Triple-threat actor/writer/director Tully creates a backwoods world that’s only a few trees away from our own, complete with characters on the edge of sanity that we can actually relate to. A hero tale gone wrong, SEPTIEN is funny when it’s inappropriate to laugh, and realistic when it should be psychotic. The film will make its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and simultaneously on-demand on January 23. The film will have select national theatrical dates in 2011. The film will be shown in the Park City at Midnight section.






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