YouTube Partners with Roadside Attractions for Theatrical Release of “Viper Club” Starring Academy Award Winner Susan Sarandon
Maryam Keshavarz’s New Feature Film Will Debut at the Toronto International Film Festival and Will Be Released In Theatres on October 26
Los Angeles (August 15, 2018) – YouTube has partnered with Roadside Attractions to release “Viper Club,” Maryam Keshavarz’s new drama starring Susan Sarandon (“Feud,” “Dead Man Walking”), Matt Bomer (“Normal Heart,” “Magic Mike”), Lola Kirke (“Mistress America,” “Gone Girl”), Adepero Oduye (“The Big Short,” “Twelve Years A Slave”), Sheila Vand (“Argo,” “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”) and Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie,” “The Sopranos”). The film will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and will be released in theaters on October 26, 2018. “Viper Club” will be available on YouTube Premium in 2019.
“Viper Club,” co-written by Iranian-American filmmaker Maryam Keshavarz and Jonathan Mastro, tells the story of Helen (Susan Sarandon), a veteran ER nurse secretly struggling to free her grown son, a foreign war correspondent, from capture by a terrorist group. After running into roadblocks with government agencies, she discovers a clandestine community of journalists, philanthropists and advocates who might be able to help her.
“Viper Club” is Keshavarz’s second feature film following her acclaimed debut “Circumstance,” which was released by Roadside Attractions and won the Audience Award at Sundance in 2011. “Viper Club” was produced by Anna Gerb, Neal Dodson, and J.C. Chandor, the filmmaking team behind “Margin Call” and “All is Lost,” both released by Roadside, as well as “A Most Violent Year.”
“Susan Sarandon’s emotional, tour de force performance anchors ‘Viper Club.’ She brings incredible humanity to a woman who, after being slow-walked by the government, takes matters into her own hands in a clandestine effort to free her captive son. It’s a compelling, timely story brilliantly captured and told by Maryam, and we are excited to be partnering with YouTube to bring the film to theaters this fall,” said Roadside’s Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff.
“Susan Sarandon immediately drew us into this emotional drama, and Maryam Keshavarz lends her unique perspective as an Iranian-American filmmaker,” said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content, YouTube. “The extremely talented cast delivered powerful performances and we are thrilled to debut this film at the Toronto International Film Festival and partner with Roadside to bring the film to theaters this fall.”
Howard Cohen negotiated the deal to acquire the film for Roadside Attractions.
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About Roadside Attractions
Since its founding in 2003, ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS films have grossed over $300M and garnered nineteen Academy Award® nominations. Roadside has released such critical and commercial hits as “Manchester by the Sea,” “Beatriz at Dinner,” “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.” Its upcoming slate includes “Whitney,” Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald’s highly anticipated documentary about the life and career of legendary superstar Whitney Houston, “Lizzie,” starring Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart, Jesse Peretz’s romantic comedy “Juliet, Naked” starring Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke and Chris O’Dowd, Ike Barinholtz’s hilariously dark directorial debut “The Oath,” starring Barinholtz and Tiffany Haddish, and Peter Hedges’ “Ben Is Back,” starring Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges.