Ben Kingsley Movie ‘A Birder's Guide to Everything’ Flies to Focus World, Screen Media

Ben Kingsley Movie 'A Birder's Guide to Everything' Flies to Focus World, Screen Media

Rob Meyer's feature directorial debut stars Kodi Smit-McPhee, Katie Chang and James LeGros

Focus World has partnered with Screen Media Films for a third time on U.S. distribution rights, this time for "A Birder’s Guide to Everything," which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year.

Focus World, the alternative distribution initiative owned and operated by Focus Features, and Screen Media will release the film on digital platforms and in theaters next spring.

"A Birder's Guide to Everything" marks the feature directorial debut of Rob Meyer, who wrote the script with Oscar winner Luke Matheny.

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Kodi Smit-McPhee ("The Road") stars as David Portnoy, a 15-year-old birding fanatic who embarks on an epic road trip with a ragtag crew that includes a legendary ornithologist (Ben Kingsley) to solidify a place in birding history.

In addition to Kingsley, the film also stars Katie Chang ("The Bling Ring") and James LeGros ("Girls").

Deal was closed for Screen Media by Suzanne Blech and Seth Needle, and for Focus by Avy Eschenasy and Kent Sanderson, while Cinetic Media negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers.

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“We’re excited to partner with Focus World again, bringing a wonderful and engaging movie to audiences nationwide. The filmmakers have created a uniquely appealing coming-of-age story that will register with all audiences," said Blech.

Screen Media and Focus World are also partnered on U.S. distribution of Liz W. Garcia’s "The Lifeguard" starring Kristen Bell, and Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s "C.O.G." starring Jonathan Groff. "Lifeguard" swims into theaters this weekend, while "C.O.G." opens in September.