CRANKED UP FILMS ACQUIRES U.S. RIGHTS TO JOVANKA VUCKOVIC’S ‘RIOT GIRLS‘ FOR A SUMMER RELEASE

Cranked Up Films, Good Deed Entertainment’s recently launched genre label, has started off 2019 announcing the acquisition of apocalyptic adventure RIOT GIRLS. The independent studio will release the film, starring Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) and Paloma Kwiatkowski (“Bates Motel”), in the U.S. to theaters and on demand this Summer.

Riot Girls is directed by Jovanka Vuckovic, who previously directed a segment of the first all-female horror anthology XX that premiered at Sundance in 2017. Vuckovic also won the 2012 Fantasia Film Festival Best Short award for “The Captured Bird,” which was executive produced by Guillermo del Toro.

Riot Girls is set after a mysterious illness has killed all adults. The town of Potter’s Bluff has been divided into two rival factions, the ‘East side’, made up of scrappy scavengers living amongst the ruins, and the ‘West side’ which hoards its wealth in the former high school and is ruled by brutal dictator, Jeremy (Munro Chambers, “Degrassi: The Next Generation”).

When Jack (Alexandre Bourgeois, “Departure”), an Eastsider, is forced to kill two Westsiders while on a scavenging mission, he is captured and taken back to the West side where he awaits public execution. Jack’s sister, Nat (Iseman), and her best friend, Scratch (Kwiatkowski), must cross into dangerous territory if they hope to save him. Their treacherous journey reveals not only the power of their love, but the depths of their courage.

Vuckovic shared, “It was a totally new experience for me, making something that at its heart is so youthful and fun. Riot Girls has been described as ‘Riverdale’ meets Lord of the Flies with a blasting punk soundtrack, strong women characters and positive LGBTQ representation. I hope young people turn out in droves to see Riot Girls in theatres and on demand this summer because we made it for them.”

“It’s our honor and pleasure to be involved in this exciting project from a groundbreaking Director like Jovanka. Riot Girls manages to entertain, frighten and create a world that’s akin to our own current pop culture climate,” stated Good Deed Entertainment/Cranked Up CEO and Founder, Scott Donley.

Vuckovic directed from a script by Katherine Collins (“Lost in Space,” “Blindspot”). Lauren Grant of Clique Pictures is producing, and Executive Producers are Brian Kavanaugh-Jones of Automatik, Chris Ferguson of Oddfellows Entertainment, Phil Hunt and Compton Ross of Head Gear Films, John Bain of Level Films, Mark Gringas and John Laing of Urban Post Production, Michael Roban, Vuckovic and Collins. Sandra Yee Ling is Co-executive Producer.

Riot Girls was presented by XYZ films to buyers at the recently established Los Cabos Film Market. Good Deed Entertainment’s Executive Director of Acquisitions, Brandon Hill, negotiated the deal for U.S. right with XYZ on behalf of the filmmakers.

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