EFM 2016: Psycho-Thriller HAPPY BIRTHDAY Gets Picked Up

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The psycho-thriller HAPPY BIRTHDAY starring Aerosmith’s legendary frontman Steven Tyler made its premiere at EFM and has been picked up. Head inside for the details!

From the Press Release:

BERLIN (February 14, 2016) – Arclight Films is thrilled to announce acquisition of the psychedelic thriller HAPPY BIRTHDAY, which is being presented for the first time to distributors in Berlin. With his pedigree as director and editor of spectacular, high-energy concert films and music videos, director and original script writer, Emmy Award-winner Casey Tebo (BLACK VEIL BRIDES: ALIVE AND BURNING, AEROSMITH: ROCK FOR THE RISING SUN) brings an eye for the dynamic and kinetic, drawing viewers in from the first shot and sending them on a riveting, breathless whirlwind.

Aerosmith rock legend and former American Idol judge Steven Tyler makes an appearance as Kasape Suka, while Britne Oldford (HUNTERS, American Horror Story, LOITERING WITH INTENT, HOW HE FELL IN LOVE), Matt Bush (ABC’s The Goldbergs, TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE, ADVENTURELAND, PIRANHA 3DD), Tristin Mays (THE WEDDING RINGER,THUNDERSTRUCK), Vanessa Lengies (WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS, STICK IT, WAITING…) and introducing Riley Litman, all who round out the witty and immensely talented cast.

“This mesmerizing thriller is a highly commercially viable film,” says Clay Epstein, SVP Sales and Acquisitions for Arclight Films. “It has clear potential in markets across the map and we are delighted to add it to our slate just in time for its World Premiere at EFM.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY is a fast-paced horror thriller about two friends who venture across the border to Mexicali for a night of birthday revelry. Before they know it, their trip spins out of control and their psychedelic exploits take a turn for the worse.

Veteran producer Sean McKittrick (PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE, BAD WORDS, DONNIE DARKO) is joined by producers Steve McKee , Mark Namtil, and Sheila R. Rose. Executive Producer is Bruce Quarto.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY has all the hallmarks of a subversive but widely appealing global hit,” says McKittrick. “[Director Casey] Tebo really imbued it with a tangible sense of place and time, and the result is a remarkable ability to translate across borders and languages. Everyone has had or imagined a night that begins innocently enough and spins out of control. Casey’s stellar script and dark artistry, along with the cast’s phenomenal performances, makes you feel that horror in your bones. I know audiences around the world are going to love this film.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY was shot on location in Santa Clarita and Los Angeles. Darko Entertainment completed the film in October of 2015.

Arclight Films is handling international sales.

The deal was negotiated between Jay Cohen of Gersh and Clay Epstein of Arclight Films.

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