The Girl Next Door
Cinedigm Acquires Rights To High School Comedy ‘Dear Dictator’
By Dino-Ray Ramos
EXCLUSIVE: Cinedigm has acquired the North American distribution rights to Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse’s Dear Dictator. The high school comedy stars Lady Bird actress Odeya Rush, Oscar winner Michael Caine, and Katie Holmes. Cinedigm will release the picture theatrically and on Digital and TV VOD on March 16, 2018, with a DVD release to follow on April 24, 2018.
Also starring Seth Green and Jason Biggs, the film written and directed by the husband & wife writing-directing duo of Addario and Syracuse was featured on The Black List under the titled Coup D’etat. The two previously worked with Cinedigm on their 2016 autobiographical comedy Amateur Night which Ashley Tisdale and Biggs.
“With Dear Dictator, Lisa and Joe have delivered a smart, original and biting black comedy with a fantastic cast and laugh-out-loud moments,” said Yolanda Macias, Cinedigm’s Executive Vice-President of Acquisitions. “The picture skewers the traditional high school hierarchy and appeals to the inner-rebel in all of us.”
“After working with Cinedigm on Amateur Night, we know them to be collaborative and supportive partners,” said Syracuse and Addario. “Their team is enthusiastic and has a track record of success with indie movies, and we could not have found a better distribution home for Dear Dictator.”
Dear Dictator follows Tatiana (Rush), a misfit teen, who begins writing letters to a notorious British-Caribbean dictator, General Anton Vincent (Caine). When Vincent is overthrown in a coup, he flees to Tatiana’s home, which she shares with her single mom (Holmes). While hiding out in suburbia, Anton teaches the teen how to start her own high school revolution by taking down the popular kids and grabbing all the power for herself.
The film was produced by Coastal Film Studios, Aloe Entertainment, Fortitude International, and Defiant Pictures and individually by Jake Shapiro, Mary Aloe, Jorge Garcia Castro, Robert Ogden Barnum, Daniel Grodnik, and Lucas Jarach. Executive Producers are Wei Wang, Paul Brett, Wayne Chang, Michael Clofine, Luke Daniels, Nadine DeBarros, Paul English, Anders Erden, Kevin Scott Frakes, Sean Glover, Lila Janakievski, George Nedelkovski, Alan Pao, Buddy Patrick, Tim Smith, Peter Stewart, James Swarbrick, and Adrian Voo.
The deal was negotiated by Cinedigm’s Melody Fowler, Vice-President of Acquisitions, ICM Partners, and United Talent Agency on behalf of the filmmakers.