Gravitas Ventures has acquired all North American rights to Laurie Collyer's Sunlight Jr., starring Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts, Norman Reedus, and Academy Award nominee Matt Dillon. Gravitas will partner with Samuel Goldwyn Films for the release. The film will have a pre-theatrical VOD opening and will then be released in theaters November 2013. Sunlight Jr. recently played to critical acclaim in competition at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.
Sunlight Jr. spotlights hard-working convenience store clerk Melissa (Naomi Watts) and her disabled boyfriend, Richie (Matt Dillon), who are trapped in a generational cycle of poverty. Their luck may be changing when they learn that Melissa has become pregnant. But as soon as she loses her job and they get evicted from the motel they live in, their joy vanishes. Through this adversity, the couple realizes that they can never lose everything as long as they have each other.
Sunlight Jr. is written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Laurie Collyer (Sherrybaby), produced by Charlie Corwin, Andrea Roa, and Ariel Elia, and executive produced by William Dietrich, Simon Fawcett, Joshua Skurla, Dan Klabin, and Fisher Stevens. The film stars Naomi Watts, Norman Reedus, and Matt Dillon.
Gravitas Ventures CEO Nolan Gallagher released the following statement regarding the film.
"Sunlight Jr. showcases poignant performances from Naomi Watts, Matt Dillon and Norman Reedus. Laurie Collyer's skillful direction reminds you of the deep capacity of the human spirit. We are excited to work with the film's producers and the team at Samuel Goldwyn Films to bring this worthy film to a wide audience."
Peter Goldwyn, Senior Vice President of Samuel Goldwyn Films, also released his own statement.
"The performances of Naomi Watts, Matt Dillon and Norman Reedus are incredible. Laurie Collyer has once again created a picture where you really get to see talent shine."
Producer Charlie Corwin also chimed in with a statement.
"This is a story too rarely told, but soulfully personified by Naomi Watts, Matt Dillon and the rest of the remarkable cast. Laurie is an artist with a unique and penetrating insight into the struggle of ordinary Americans."
The deal was negotiated by Nolan Gallagher, CEO of Gravitas Ventures, and CAA, Untitled Entertainment, and Roger Kass on behalf of the filmmakers.