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The Orchard Acquires Worldwide Rights to Duplass Brothers’ “Rainbow Time”

May 03, 2016

The film premiered at SXSW and extends the relationship between The Orchard and Duplass Brothers Productions

The Orchard plans to release the film later this year

Los Angeles, CA – May 3, 2016 – The Orchard announced today that the company will acquire worldwide theatrical and ancillary distribution rights to director Linas Phillips’ RAINBOW TIME starring Phillips, Melanie Lynskey, Timm Sharp, Artemis Pebdani, Jay Duplass and Tobin Bell. The film, which premiered at SXSW in March, is executive produced by Jay and Mark Duplass, along with Mel Eslyn of Duplass Brothers Productions. RAINBOW TIME was produced by Ian Michaels and Linas Phillips, and co-produced by Natalie Qasabian.

RAINBOW TIME extends the relationship that The Orchard announced last year with the Duplass Brothers for a seven film output deal. The Orchard has worldwide theatrical, digital rental and sales, cable/satellite VOD, airline, DVD and soundtrack rights.

In RAINBOW TIME, a mentally challenged 40-year-old man named Shonzi (Phillips) is sent to live with his brother Todd (Timm Sharp). When Shonzi develops a crush on Todd’s new girlfriend Lindsay (Melanie Lynskey), he threatens to reveal past secrets that could ultimately tear the couple apart.

“I set out to make a movie with a lot of heart and a lot of laughs,” said Phillips. “I’m so glad The Orchard will be the ones to help bring this labor of love into the world, and thrilled to get to collaborate with them again, following last year’s Manson Family Vacation. If someone told me I got to make just one movie with Mark, Jay and The Orchard I’d be so happy… but two years in a row is a dream come true.”

Rainbow Time is an affecting comedy with real emotional stakes thanks to Linas’ direction and unique sensibilities,” said Paul Davidson, The Orchard’s EVP, Film and Television. “After distributing Manson Family Vacation, we are excited to get another chance to work with Linas and Jay, and continue our relationship with The Duplass Brothers on this film.”

The deal between the Duplass Brothers and The Orchard was negotiated by Jessica Lacy at ICM Partners and Josh Braun Submarine Entertainment with Danielle DiGiacomo, VP of acquisitions, from The Orchard. The Duplass Brothers are repped by ICM Partners.


The Orchard is a pioneering independent film, TV and music distribution company that operates in over 25 global markets. The company, founded as a music distributor in 1997, is a groundbreaking leader in the film and television distribution space, known for its innovative technology that provides filmmakers with up-to-the minute trending data and analytics on their projects. The Orchard’s film division has enjoyed such recent successes as the Academy Award-nominated documentary “Cartel Land,” “The Overnight,” “Dior & I” and “What We Do in the Shadows.” Upcoming releases include Academy Award-winner Morgan Neville’s “The Music of Strangers,” Taika Waititi’s “The Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” Roger Ross Williams’ “Life, Animated” and Antonio Campos’ “Christine.” The company is currently in theaters with Joachim Trier’s “Louder Than Bombs.”