Studio Acquires United States Distribution Rights To Phyllis Nagy’s Drama Starring Elizabeth Banks And Sigourney Weaver
Hot out of Sundance, Roadside Attractions has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Oscar-Nominee Phyllis Nagy’s critically-acclaimed theatrical feature directorial debut, “Call Jane.” Inspired by true events, Nagy’s film captures the essence of late-Sixties social change via one woman’s quest to get a safe and legal abortion. Roadside plans a Fall 2022 theatrical release for the film.
Chicago, 1968. As the city and the nation are poised on the brink of political upheaval, suburban housewife Joy (Elizabeth Banks) leads an ordinary life with her husband and daughter. When Joy’s pregnancy leads to a life-threatening heart condition, she must navigate an all-male medical establishment unwilling to terminate her pregnancy in order to save her life. Her journey for a solution leads her to Virginia (Sigourney Weaver), an independent visionary fiercely committed to women’s health, and Gwen (Wunmi Mosaku), an activist who dreams of a day when all women will have access to abortion, regardless of their ability to pay. Joy is so inspired by their work, she decides to join forces with them, putting every aspect of her life on the line.
In addition to Banks (“The Hunger Games” franchise, “Mrs. America”), Weaver (“Gorillas in the Mist,” “Ghostbusters”), and Mosaku (“His House,” “Lovecraft Country”), the film stars Chris Messina (“The Secrets We Keep,” “Argo”), Kate Mara (“Chappaquiddick,” “House of Cards”), Cory Michael Smith (“Wonderstruck,” “Utopia”), Grace Edwards (“Modern Love,” “Schooled”), and John Magaro (“The Many Saints of Newark,” “Lansky”).
Roadside Attractions’ Co-Presidents Howard Cohen & Eric d’Arbeloff stated, “Phyllis Nagy’s brilliant film is inspiring, fierce, and so relevant for our times. Elizabeth Banks, in a powerful and moving performance, along with the masterful Sigourney Weaver, lead an extraordinary cast to deliver an unforgettable story of women who challenge the power structure to support one another and do what they think is right.”
Producer Robbie Brenner commented, “The filmmakers and I could not be more thrilled to be working with Roadside Attractions. I have known Eric and Howard for decades and their commitment to releasing great films in theaters is unwavering. They have been supportive of this film and its vision from its inception, and I am excited to bring this beautifully directed, acted, and important film into the world alongside them.”
The film is Written by Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi and produced by Robbie Brenner, David Wulf, and Kevin McKeon. Additional producers include Lee Broda, Claude Amadeo, and Michael D’Alto and Executive Producers include Peter Touche, Christelle Conan, Judy Bart, Erica Kahn, Chris Triana, Randall B. Sandler, Joseph Lanius, Leal Naim, Michelle Campbell Mason, Jeffrey Hecktman, Patricia Lawley, Iris Smith, Gretchen Sisson, Amanda Kiely, Tai Lopez, Thomas Burke, and Jeff Rice. Cinematography is by Greta Zozula, Production Design by Jona Tochet, Costume Design by Julie Weiss, Editing by Peter McNulty, and Casting by Sheila Jaffe and Bryan Riley. The film is brought to life by a propulsive soundtrack featuring predominantly female musicians from the 1960’s.
Howard Cohen negotiated on behalf of Roadside Attractions and UTA Independent Film Group negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers.
Protagonist Pictures has international distribution rights.
About Roadside Attractions
Since its founding in 2003, Roadside Attractions’ films have grossed more than $500 million and garnered 23 Academy Award nominations. The company recently released “The Courier,” “Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided To Go For It” and “The Alpinist.” Upcoming 2022 films include “Aline,” a fiction freely inspired by the life of Celine Dion, Terence Davies’ “Benediction” and the Jessica Chastain and Ralph Fiennes starrer “The Forgiven.”
The company has released such critical and commercial hits as “Judy,” “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” “I Can Only Imagine,” “Manchester by the Sea,” “Ben Is Back,” “Beatriz at Dinner,” “Whitney,” “Stronger,” “Love & Friendship,” “Hello,” “My Name Is Doris,” “Mr. Holmes,” “Love & Mercy,” “A Most Wanted Man,” “Dear White People,” “The Skeleton Twins,” “All Is Lost,” “Mud,” “Winter’s Bone,” “The Cove,” “Arbitrage,” “Margin Call” and “Super Size Me.”