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The Orchard Takes Home “Miss Stevens”

May 23, 2016

The SXSW Film Marks Directorial Debut of Black List Screenwriter Julia Hart (“The Keeping Room”)

Film stars Lily Rabe, Winner SXSW Best Actress Special Jury Prize

Los Angeles, CA – May 23, 2016 – The Orchard announced today that the company has acquired all North American rights to Julia Hart’s directorial debut, MISS STEVENS, written by Hart and Jordan Horowitz (producer of “The Kids Are All Right,” Damien Chazelle’s upcoming “La La Land”). The film, which premiered at SXSW in March, stars Lily Rabe (“American Horror Story”) who won the SXSW Best Actress Special Jury Prize for this role, Timotheé Chalamet (“Interstellar”), Lili Reinhart (“The Kings of Summer”), YouTube phenomenon Anthony Quintal, Oscar Nuñez (“The Office”) and Rob Huebel (“Despicable Me”). It is produced by Alex Turtletaub, Michael B. Clark, Horowitz and Gary Gilbert. The film is a Beachside presentation of a Beachside and Gilbert Films Production in association with Original Headquarters. The Orchard plans a fall release for MISS STEVENS.

Stuck at a crossroads in her personal life, it falls on Miss Stevens to chaperone three of her students — Billy, Margot and Sam — on a weekend trip to a drama competition. Exploring the fine line between being a grown up and being a kid, MISS STEVENS is about students becoming teachers and teachers coming to realize that the messiness of youth never really goes away.

“Julia Hart’s MISS STEVENS is a heartwarming, unique and funny film that not only showcases her substantial talents as a writer and director but also includes stellar performances from Lily Rabe, up-and-comers Timothee Chalamet and Lili Reinhart and YouTube phenomenon Anthony Quintal,” said Danielle DiGiacomo, VP of Acquisitions for The Orchard. “We can’t wait to partner with Julia and Jordan, continue our relationship with Beachside and share this gem with the world.”

“I’m thrilled that MISS STEVENS has found a home with The Orchard,” said Hart. “They are terrific at what they do, and that’s because the company is filled with real, passionate people. I cannot wait to work with them and share our movie with everyone.”

The deal was negotiated by ICM Partners and WME Global on behalf of the filmmakers.


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,” Antonio Campos’ “Christine” and Pablo Narrain’s “Neruda.” The company is currently in theaters with Joachim Trier’s “Louder Than Bombs.”


Beachside, a Los Angeles based affiliate of Big Beach Films, was founded in 2012 as a place where for filmmakers working in the micro-to-low budget space to find both creative producing and financial backing for their projects. Beachside’s projects include the Emmy award winning documentary MEDORA, as well as the 2015 Sundance Film Festival entries PEOPLE PLACES THINGS directed by Jim Strouse starring Jemaine Clement and TIG, the Netflix Original documentary about comedian Tig Notaro. Beachside’s 2016 slate includes Joachim Trier’s LOUDER THAN BOMBS, picked up after its Cannes world premiere and currently in release by The Orchard and MORRIS FROM AMERICA, winner of two Sundance Grand Jury prizes for writer/director by Chad Hartigan and stars Craig Robinson, due in theaters in August from a24.