Epic Pictures Group

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Epic Pictures Group
Private
Industry Film
Founded 2007; 11 years ago (2007) in Los Angeles, California, United States
Founders
  • Shaked Berenson
  • Patrick Ewald
Headquarters Hollywood, California, United States
Services Independent Film and Television Studio
Website epic-pictures.com

Epic Pictures Group is an independent film and television studio engaged in the development, financing, production and distribution of film and television. The studio was founded in 2007 by Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson with the mission of creating a home for innovative filmmakers to bring their unique vision to reality from inception to distribution under one roof[1]. Epic Pictures produce and release a wide variety of genres and budget level including family, drama, sci-fi and comedy but most known for putting out edgy and award winning cult films including V/H/S, Jack Brooks:Monster Slayer and Big Ass Spider!, DailyDead.com Editor-in-Chief Patrick Bromley included Epic Pictures in his list of Favorites of 2015 praising Turbo Kid and Tales of Halloween[2].

History[edit]

Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson collaborated closely when they were at Crystal Sky and launched in 2004 a label for genre films call Renegade Pictures which acquired and produced horror films for the international market. The label first original production was The Devil's Chair which was acquired by Sony Pictures after its premiere screening at the midnight madness section at the Toronto International Film Festival.[3]

Late 2007, both partners exited Crystal Sky to establish Epic Pictures. The company initially acquired film rights for the foreign market while developing features. Their first production was Dark Island which was shot in Squamish, Canada in 2008. The film was directed by Niko Pueringer and Sam Gorski who later launched Corridor Digital. Their second feature was Blood River, a third collaboration with writer Simon Boyes and director Adam Mason[4].

In 2009, they expended beyond genre films and financed an international version of the Russian origin animation Space Dogs 3D and produced their third and final film with duo Adam Mason and Simon Boyes, Luster[5]. At that point Epic Pictures was also representing a variety of pictures in the international market including Jason Patric and Samantha Morton dramady Expired which premiered at Sundance 2007[6] and Peter Tolan's comedy Finding Amanda starring Matthew Broderick and Brittany Snow[7].

In 2010, Epic Pictures partnered with Valentine's Day producer Wayne Rice to produce 11-11-11. Written and directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, the supernatural horror film was scheduled to be released worldwide on Friday, November 11th, 2011. While the film received mix reviews, it was considered a success internationally grossing 5.7 million dollar for a modest budget of 2.6 million. The United States, the film was sold by the directors agent to Rocket Releasing who placed the film in 17 theaters and grossed only $32,771[8].

In 2013, the company expended into distribution in the United States and established a subsidiary called Epic Pictures Releasing[1]. The company first theatrical release was Big Ass Spider! on Oct 18, 2013 and was reviewed positively by critics, scoring 76% on Rotten Tomatoes.

In 2014, Epic Pictures produced the romantic comedy Who Gets The Dog? together is 2DS Productions, a local company in Chicago, where the film was shot. The film was originally supposed to be directed by For a short period Steven C. Miller was attached to Direct. Miller directed The Aggression Scale for Epic the previous year[9]. Eventually the film was directed by Huck Botko who collaborated with 2DS Productions on his film Bad Johnson. Who Gets The Dog? received mixed reviews and was sold to Samuel Goldwyn Film.

In 2015, Epic Pictures produced four films: Turbo Kid which premiered at Sundance and won 24 awards including the Audience Award at SXSW for the Midnighters section [10]and a Saturn for Best International Film in 2016[11]. The all-star horror anthology Tales of Halloween which premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival. The arthouse experimental drama Entertainment directed by Rick Alverson and starring Gregg Turkington and John C. Reilly. While Entertainment was widely accepted by critics and won several awards including the Environment Is Quality of Life Prize at the Locarno Festival[12], the film did not connect with audience and was released in the United States on VOD by Magnolia Entertainment[13]. The micro budget JeruZalem, directed by Yoav and Doron Paz and was filmed on location in Jerusalem, Israel[14].

In 2016, Epic Pictures produced Day of Reckoning for Universal's Syfy channel. The film was directed by Venezuelan filmmaker Joel Novoa; The Lodgers, directed by Let's Us Prey director Brian O'Malley which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival[15] and the action zombie horror film Redcon-1, written and directed by Chee Keong Cheung and produced by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman.[16]

In March 2017, the acquisition of Dread Central Media was announced[17]. Later that year, it was revealed that the companies will be launching a new horror label called Dread Central Presents[18] which will release horror films in theaters and on-demand starting 2018.

Selected filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kay, Jeremy (2014-05-12). "Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson, Epic Pictures". Screen International. 
  2. ^ Bromley, Patrick (2015-12-30). "Patrick's Favorites of 2015". DailyDead.com. 
  3. ^ Harvey, Dennis (2007-09-18). "Adam Mason and Simon Boyes' "The Devil's Chair" is dumb sensationalism that trusts blood-buckets dumped on thesps are enough to raise a fright". Variety. 
  4. ^ Butane, Johnny (2008-11-10). "AFM: Mason's Blood River Goes International". Dread Central. 
  5. ^ Butane, Johnny (2008-10-07). "Exclusive: Adam Mason Talks Luster!". Dread Central. 
  6. ^ Douglas, Edward (2008-06-23). "Exclusive: Peter Tolan is Finding Amanda". ComingSoon.net. 
  7. ^ Byrge, Duane (2007-01-18). "Expired". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  8. ^ "11-11-11". Box Office Mojo. 
  9. ^ Sneider, Jeff (2014-11-06). "Alicia Silverstone to Star in Romantic Comedy 'Who Gets the Dog?'". The Wrap. 
  10. ^ "SXSW 2015: Audience Award Winners Announced". The Hollywood Reporter. 2015-03-21. 
  11. ^ Maxwell, Rocky (2016-06-28). "Epic Pictures' TURBO KID Wins Saturn Award for Best International Film". thenerdstemplar.com. 
  12. ^ Van Cott, Kaeli (2015-08-17). "Here Are the 2015 Locarno Film Festival Winners". IndieWire. 
  13. ^ Carter, Spike (2015-11-13). "Why Rick Alverson Is So Intent on Making Movies That Are Never Resolved". Vanity Fair. 
  14. ^ Smith, Bradley (2016-01-16). "Movie Review: 'JeruZalem' Makes Good Use Of Google Glass". redcarpetcrash.com. 
  15. ^ Harvey, Dennis (2017-09-16). "Toronto Film Review: 'The Lodgers'". Variety. 
  16. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (2016-05-06). "Epic Pictures To Sell 'Redcon-1'; 'Spark' Alights At Double Dutch; Artist View Gets Traplight Pair – Cannes Briefs". Deadline. 
  17. ^ "SXSW: Epic Pictures And Dread Central Media Announce Partnership". comicbook. 2015-05-06. Retrieved 2017-03-14. 
  18. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (2017-10-12). "Epic Pictures To Launch Dread Central Presents; Robert Galluzzo To Run It". Deadline. 

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