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Yellow Veil Pictures Closes Deal With 1091 Pictures For Psychedelic Thriller TO THE MOON

First poster revealed for To The Moon directed by Scott Friend with the tagline, "You could use a little time in the earth."

Saturday, February 12, 2022 — EFM // 1091 Pictures has announced the acquisition of English-speaking territories for To The Moon, the directorial debut from actor-turned-director Scott Friend. The film, which is written, directed, and stars Friend, premiered in 2021 at NIGHTSTREAM a collective of four genre film festivals and was in selection at the 2020 US in Progress industry showcase organized by Wroclaw's American Film Festival, which later hosted the film’s international premiere.

A weekend of healing for Dennis and Mia becomes a hallucinatory nightmare when Dennis' estranged brother arrives and begins to distort their senses. The inspiration for the film came from Friend's personal experience. Friend stated, "I set out to tell a personal story, exploring the more painful elements of my life experiences: my fears of failure, love enabling my brother, and dealing with inner demons of my own. To The Moon is about the dangers of getting stuck in a feedback loopp of cynical behavior, about how scary it is when "truth" becomes subjective. This film is a commentary on the fragile male ego hidden in the form of an arthouse-thriller."

"1091 is excited to take this psychedelic journey with Scott and Yellow Veil Pictures. Scott has done an incredible job with To The Moon and we know audiences are going to be entranced by this thrilling tale." - Lev Avery-Peck, 1091 Pictures

Friend and Madeleine Morgenweck star as the young couple at the center of the film. Friend can notably be seen in Dan Sallitt’s Gotham Independent Film award-winning feature Fourteen and the two appeared together in Kevin Tran’s acclaimed indie mystery thriller The Dark End of the Street. Will Brill, best known for his roles in the popular TV series The OA and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, as well as the indie horror hit The Eyes Of My Mother, rounds out the intimate cast of three.

Poster designed by Jump Cut‘s Brandon Schaefer

A dysfunctional family study by way of psychological, psychedelic thriller that plays out under the weight of addiction and takes its three leads to darkly funny lows, the film takes the trope of the uninvited house guest and turns it into a metaphor for the fallout of trauma on the relationship between a young couple.

To The Moon is produced by Cate Smierciak (Zia Anger’s My Last Film), Everett Hendler (Satan and Adam, The Dark End Of The Street), Stephanie Randall, David Formentin (The Eyes Of My Mother), and Gabriel Wilson.

"I’m so grateful that To The Moon has found a home at 1091, alongside some of my favorite filmmakers," added Scott Friend. "This film was such a labor of love for everyone involved and I can’t wait for audiences to see the special work of our cast and crew."

The deal was negotiated by Lev Avery-Peck for 1091 Pictures and Hugues Barbier, Justin Timms, and Joe Yanick of Yellow Veil Pictures on behalf of the filmmakers. 1091 Pictures’ films include Cartel Land, Hunt for the Wilderpeople and What We Do in the Shadows.