Jim Sturgess Heist Movie ‘Electric Slide’ Lands U.S. Distributor, Release Date

Paragon Releasing will distribute Tristan Patterson’s movie in theaters next April

Paragon Releasing has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to writer-director Tristan Patterson’s heist film “Electric Slide” from Myriad Pictures, the companies announced Monday.

Jim Sturgess, Isabel Lucas, Chloe Sevigny, Patricia Arquette, Christopher Lambert and Vinessa Shaw star in the film, which will be released theatrically in the U.S. in April 2015.

Sturgess and Lucas play star-crossed lovers who pull a Bonnie and Clyde-style series of bank robberies in 1980’s Los Angeles.

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“Electric Slide” made its world premiere earlier this year the Tribeca Film Festival. The film was financed by Media House Capital and Myriad Pictures, which also handled world sales.

Based on an article by Timothy Ford, “Electric Slide” follows high-living, charismatic Eddie Dodson (Sturgess), the owner of a posh furniture store in 1980’s Los Angeles. When Eddie meets the cool and aloof Paulene (Lucas), the attraction is instant and the two live out each other’s fast-paced fantasies until Eddie’s high-rolling life catches up with him and loan sharks start knocking on his door. To pay off his debts, Eddie and Paulene begin a spree of bank robberies across LA, charming tellers at over 60 banks to hand over the cash. They soon find themselves on the run from loan sharks and with the police hot on their trail.

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“‘Electric Slide’ represents a new wave of theatrical films from Paragon Pictures. We are delighted to be releasing ‘Electric Slide,’ a taut thriller with a great love story at its core. We are also delighted to be working with Myriad Pictures and hope to work on more films together in the future,” said Paragon president/CEO Evan Crooke.

“Electric Slide” was produced by Myriad’s Kirk D'Amico, Hans Ritter and Killer Films’ Christine Vachon, and executive produced by Philip von Alvensleben, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Timothy Ford, Brad Simpson, Media House Capital’s Aaron Gilbert and Pat Murray, Jacob Pechenik of Venture Forth, Eric Eisner and John Wells.

The deal was negotiated by Myriad’s D’Amico and Tom Loftus, and the UTA Independent Film Group’s Bec Smith and Hailey Wierengo on behalf of the filmmakers, with Crooke of Paragon.

Patterson is represented by UTA and 360 Management.