Abi Damaris Corbin’s Debut Won the Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast in the U.S. Dramatic Competition
Bleecker Street has acquired the U.S. rights to Abi Damaris Corbin’s (“The Suitcase”) debut feature “892” starring John Boyega (“Star Wars,” “Attack the Block”), Michael Kenneth Williams (“The Wire”, “12 Years a Slave”), Nicole Beharie (“Shame,” “42”), Connie Britton (“Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”), Olivia Washington (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “The Little Things”), Selenis Leyva (“Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Orange Is the New Black”), London Covington (“Hunters”) and Jeffrey Donovan (“Burn Notice”, “Changeling”) following its premiere at the Sundance film Festival where it won the Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. Bleecker Street is planning a late summer nationwide theatrical release.
Based on a true story, when former U.S. Marine Brian Brown-Easley’s disability check fails to materialize from Veterans Affairs, he finds himself on the brink of poverty. Desperate and with no other options, he walks into a Wells Fargo Bank and says “I’ve got a bomb.” What ensues is an edge of your seat thriller that reminds us of the social responsibility we have to our soldiers, our colleagues, our families and to strangers as well.
Director and screenwriter, Abi Damaris Corbin said: “We put our hearts and souls into the honest telling of Brian’s story and it is a joy to partner with the team at Bleecker Street, knowing they are committed to do the same.”
Bleecker Street’s co-founder and CEO, Andrew Karpen adds: “Abi’s depiction of Brian’s story is an absolutely essential film that we feel deserves the widest possible audience in theaters. It thrillingly delivers an important message and features an incredible performance from John Boyega in addition to the rest of the cast. We look forward to sharing this with audiences across the country.”
Co-written by Corbin an Artistic Director for the Young Vic in London, Kwame Kwei-Armah, “892” marks Michael K. Williams’ last role and is produced by Salman Al-Rashid and Sam Frohman of Salmira Productions (“Good Madam,” “Loudmouth”) with Ashley Levinson and Kevin Turen of Little Lamb Productions (“Pieces of a Woman,” “Malcolm & Marie”) and Mackenzie Fargo of Epic (“Little America”). Executive Producers include Will Greenfield, Josh Bearman, Joshua Davis, Arthur Spector, Sims Frazier, Katia Washington, Jarrett Turner, Harrison Huffman, Femi Oguns, Moudhy Al-Rashid and John Boyega.
The deal was brokered between Bleecker Street’s Head of Acquisitions Kent Sanderson alongside Avy Eschenasy, with WME Independent on behalf of the filmmakers.
Bleecker Street is behind the critically acclaimed Sundance film, “Mass” starring Reed Birney, Ann Dowd, Jason Isaacs and Martha Plimpton and Germany’s entry for Best International Film, “I’m Your Man” starring Maren Eggert and Dan Stevens. The company recently released Michel Franco’s “Sundown” with Tim Roth and Charlotte Gainsborg and debuted James Pondsoldt’s “Summering” at the Sundance Film Festival. Upcoming releases include: Malgorzata Szumowska and Michal Englert’s “Infinite Storm” with Naomi Watts, Scott McGehee; David Siegel’s “Montana Story;” Emma Holly Jones’ “Mr. Malcolm’s List” with Freida Pinto; and Academy Award winning director Guy Nattiv’s “Golda” starring Academy Award winner Helen Mirren.
About Bleecker Street
Bleecker Street Media is an independently-financed distributor based in New York City, which was founded in August 2014 by Andrew Karpen. The company has released more than 45 films and established itself as a trusted label and champion of original cinema, cumulating an impressive and lauded slate including Debra Granik’s “Leave No Trace;” Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky;” “Disobedience” starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams; the Academy Award Nominated “Captain Fantastic;” the hit thriller “Eye in the Sky,” and the Academy Award Nominated “Trumbo.”
With a slate of 7-10 films per year, recent notable and critically-acclaimed titles include: the Sundance comedy “Dream Horse” starring Toni Collette and Damian Lewis; “Together Together” with Ed Helms and Patti Harrison; the Sundance and Venice Film Festival romance “The World to Come” with Katherine Waterston and Vanessa Kirby; the Colin Firth-Stanley Tucci starrer “Supernova,” Kitty Green’s “The Assistant;” “Military Wives” with Sharon Horgan; and “Wild Mountain Thyme” starring Emily Blunt and Jamie Dornan.