The Orchard Nails “Thumper”
Jun 05, 2017
LOS ANGELES, CA – June 5, 2017 – The Orchard has acquired all North American rights to Jordan Ross’s directorial debut Thumper, starring Pablo Schreiber (Orange is the New Black). The gritty crime thriller, which debuted at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, was written and directed by Ross (Emmy Award-winner for True Life) and also stars Eliza Taylor (The 100), Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), Ben Feldman (Mad Men), Grant Harvey (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) and Daniel Webber (11.22.63). Producers are Fernando Loureiro and Roberto Vasconcellos for Exhibit. Cary Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation, True Detective) is the executive producer along with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Rian Cahill for Automatik. The Orchard is planning a 2017 release.
Set in a town of low-income and fractured families, Thumper is centered around a group of teens that are lured into working for a dangerous drug dealer. A new girl arrives into town hiding a dangerous secret that will impact everybody and change their lives forever.
“Thumper is a movie so real, so authentic in its direction and performances, we were floored this was Jordan’s directorial debut,” said Paul Davidson, The Orchard’s EVP Film and Television. “There’s no doubt that this affecting drama will engage audiences, and we’re thrilled to be working with the entire team on its release.”
“The Orchard is a company whose work I greatly respect,” said Ross. “Their enthusiasm for Thumper is both exciting and humbling as a filmmaker.”
The deal was negotiated by Danielle DiGiacomo, vice president of acquisitions for The Orchard, with UTA on behalf of the filmmakers. Ross is also represented by UTA.
About The Orchard
The Orchard, celebrating 20 years in business, 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. Upcoming film releases include The Hero, Trophy and Super Dark Times. The company’s film division has enjoyed such recent successes as the Academy Award-nominated documentaries Cartel Land and Life, Animated; Taika Waititi’s The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Academy Award-winner Morgan Neville’s The Music of Strangers, Alex Lehmann’s Blue Jay, Antonio Campos’ Christine and Pablo Larrain’s critically acclaimed, Golden Globe-nominated Neruda. The company is currently in theaters with Oren Moverman’s The Dinner and Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent. For more information on The Orchard, please visit www.theorchard.com.
Exhibit, co-founded by Fernando Loureiro and Roberto Vasconcellos, is a Los Angeles-based entertainment company dedicated to producing and financing feature films across a variety of genres. Last year, the partners produced the critically acclaimed Sweet Virginia starring Jon Bernthal, Rosemary DeWitt, Imogen Poots and Christopher Abbott, as well as Thumper, starring Eliza Taylor, Lena Headey, Pablo Schreiber. Both premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Exhibit also executive produced The Little Hours, starring Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Kate Micucci and Aubrey Plaza (premiered at the Sundance Film Festival), First Light with Stefanie Scott, Kate Burton and Kristin Booth and Song of Back and Neck with Rosemarie DeWitt, Robert Pine, Paul Feig and Clark Duke. They are currently in post-production on the film I Think We’re Alone Now directed by Reed Morano and staring Elle Fanning and Peter Dinklage.