(New York--November 4, 2009) Leading digital cinema company Offhollywood today announced that independent feature film "Splinterheads," produced by Atlantic Pictures in association with Offhollywood Pictures, is set to open in theaters on Nov. 6 and will be distributed by Paladin and Atlantic.
Written and directed by Brant Sersen, "Splinterheads" is a coming-of-age comedy starring newcomer Thomas Middleditch and Rachael Taylor ("Transformers"), as well as Lea Thompson ("Back to the Future") and Christopher McDonald ("Happy Gilmore"). Offhollywood Pictures, the content development and production arm of Offhollywood, partnered with the producers to supply RED ONE™ cameras and technical support, as well as post-production and DCP authoring services for the feature.
Producer Darren Goldberg said, "The RED ONE camera was an amazing tool for us. Working with a digital format gave us the ability to let our actors improvise without worrying that we were blowing through our budget, and gave us a lot of latitude during post-production. The RED ONE's image quality is unsurpassed by any other HD camera. People are constantly amazed to hear that we didn't shoot Splinterheads on 35mm."
"In addition to being recognized as a funny, charming, and energetic film, 'Splinterheads' has been praised by early reviewers for having a polished look and a 'shine' unusual in low-budget independent films," said Offhollywood CTO/Co-Founder Mark L. Pederson. "We're extremely proud that our RED™ support and post-production services helped to give 'Splinterheads' a high-end visual quality worthy of theatrical release. The distribution climate for independent films is difficult these days, and it's exciting to see this engaging underdog film — both in terms of plot and production budget — get out to screens across the U. S."
Shot on two RED ONE cameras from Offhollywood, "Splinterheads" is the story of Justin Frost, a 20-something slacker who has decided that his "thing" is that he has no "thing" at all. When a small-time carnival rolls into town, he meets Galaxy (Taylor), a gorgeous con artist who has more "things" going for her than anyone he has ever met. Galaxy takes Justin on a geocaching adventure, and he quickly falls for her and finds a reason to get direction in life. Complicating matters are his mom's (Thompson) floundering relationship with a lovesick local cop (McDonald) and Galaxy's insanely jealous boyfriend, Reggie (Dean Winters).
The film, which debuted at SXSW in Austin, Texas, follows on Sersen's successful mockumentary, "Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story," which earned the 2004 SXSW Film Audience Award. For Offhollywood, the project marks continued momentum in the production and finishing of films shot on RED. The company's RED-based projects include work on the drama "Frozen River," which earlier this year was nominated for two Academy Awards.
"Splinterheads" was the first film to be screened in Offhollywood's new digital cinema screening room. The 35-seat theater that serves digital intermediates in the day and special industry events and screenings in evenings features Dolby® 3-D, 35mm, and DCP projection.
More information about Offhollywood and its unique digital cinema and RED-focused services is available at http://www.offhollywoodny.com