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The Orchard Picks Up “The Escort”

Jun 15, 2015

The sexy comedy world premieres at LAFF tonight.

Los Angeles, CA June 15, 2015 – Cloverhill Pictures announced today that The Orchard has acquired all North American rights to their film The Escort, starring Lyndsy Fonseca, Michael Doneger, Bruce Campbell, Tommy Dewey, Rumer Willis and Rachel Resheff.  The Orchard will release the film on July 28th in the U.S. and Canada across all VOD platforms, including iTunes.  This announcement comes the day the film is World Premiering at LAFF.

The Escort begins as a story of two twenty-somethings using one another for professional gain. Mitch, a sex obsessed journalist, convinces Natalie, a Stanford-educated prostitute, to allow him to follow her around for an exposé he’s writing for a magazine. While initially hesitant to allow him into her life, Natalie eventually sees an upside for herself, as she (unbeknownst to Mitch) starts using him as a bodyguard to protect her from the assorted personalities she deals with on a nightly basis. What starts out as a business proposition, develops into something more. The Escort is a film about the unlikely bond formed between two sexually consumed people, as they’re viewed as outcasts to the world around them.

The Escort stars Lyndsy Fonseca, Michael Doneger, Bruce Campbell, Tommy Dewey, Rumer Willis, and Rachel Resheff.  It was directed by Will Slocombe and written by Michael Doneger and Brandon A. Cohen. The film was produced by Blake Goza, Mark DiCristofaro, and Michael Doneger. Sales of the film were handled by Taylor & Dodge.

Producer Michael Doneger said, “The Orchard has become a key player in the independent film community, releasing entertaining and grounded titles that market to the very demographic The Escort was made for. We’re thrilled to be working with them.”

The Escort” is an absolute gem with endearing lead performances from Lyndsy and Michael that audiences will love,” said The Orchard’s SVP of Film & TV, Paul Davidson.  “And I’m sorry, but any movie with Bruce Campbell…we’re buying it.”


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