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XYZ Films Acquires THE SUMMONED Following World Premiere at 2022 Overlook Film Festival

The intense, brooding feature debut from director Mark Meir is now set for a July release.

J. Quinton Johnson and Mark Meir in THE SUMMONED (2022) directed by Mark Meir. Overlook Film Festival 2022.
Courtesy of XYZ Films

June 4, 2022 // New Orleans, LA XYZ Films is very proud to announce their acquisition of director Mark Meir's Faustian morality tale, The Summoned, out of the 2022 Overlook Film Festival. The distributor is planning a North American release of the film in July 2022.

In the picture, young Elijah (J. Quinton Johnson) attends a self-help retreat with his rockstar girlfriend Lyn (Emma Fitzpatrick), unaware that the enigmatic doctor who runs the estate has summoned him here to settle a generations-old supernatural debt.

Directed by Meir with a script by Jewish-Ukrainian writer Yuri Baranovsky, The Summoned has a powerful cast featuring Johnson, Fitzpatrick, Salvador Chacon, Angela Gulner, Frederick Stuart, and Meir in a dual role as Abe. A Wicked Myth and Happy Little Guillotine Studios co-production, the picture is produced by Baranovsky, Meir, Gulner, Justin Mark Morrison, and Dashiell Reinhardt with music by Brian Satterwhite.

James Emanuel Shapiro, XYZ Films' Executive Vice President of US Distribution, notes, "All I can say is that I felt summoned to work on The Summoned! Mark, Yuri, and Angela created something smart and scary, and I can't wait to show this to as many people as possible!"

The Summoned director Mark Meir adds, "We are thrilled to have XYZ bring this film to audiences. As leaders in the genre space, we’re honored to be among their titles."



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