The young stars of “Bates Motel” and “The Flash” lead the ensemble cast of Kevin Asch’s coming-of-age tale
FilmBuff has acquired the coming-of-age movie “Affluenza” starring Nicola Peltz (“Bates Motel”) and will release the film in theaters and VOD on July 11, the company has announced.
Set during the summer of 2008 amid the looming financial crisis, “Affluenza” features rising stars Ben Rosenfield (“Boardwalk Empire”), Gregg Sulkin (“Pretty Little Liars”) and Grant Gustin (“The Flash”), as well as Steve Guttenberg and Samantha Mathis.
Story follows aspiring photographer Fisher Miller (Rosenfield) as he escapes his middle-class life in upstate New York for the moneyed mansions of Great Neck, Long Island, where he moves in with his aunt and uncle (Mathis and Guttenberg) while he applies to college in Manhattan. Finding himself on the outside looking in at his beautiful cousin Kate’s (Peltz) circle of indulged and entitled friends, he ingratiates himself with a stash of high-quality weed and a vintage camera that he uses to document their hard-partying exploits. Invited to the group’s end-of-summer celebration, Fisher becomes fast friends with his host, the fabulously rich Dylan Carson (Sulkin), a long-time admirer of Kate. Before long he is swept up in a heady world of absentee parents, plentiful booze and casual sex. But, as the burgeoning financial crisis spirals out of control, the once seemingly endless stream of money begins to dry up; friendships, romances and marriages melt down; and the glamorous veneer that once captivated Fisher turns toxic.
“Affluenza” was produced by Morris S. Levy’s Mega Films (“The Ten”) and Asch’s Lookbook Films. The film was executive produced by Andrew Levitas (“At Any Price”), Dan Caffee, Ike S. Franco, Samuel V. Franco, Barry Rohrson and Sam Zietz.
“This is a film I felt compelled to make – the themes of money, family, and finding one’s place in society have never been more relevant. I’m excited for audiences to be entertained by this seminal group of actors who create a provocative and layered world. FilmBuff is a perfect partner,” said Asch.
“We are very excited to be partnering with Kevin and the rest of the team to release ‘Affluenza,'” said FilmBuff’s head of content Steven Beckman. “Kevin consistently delivers high concept yet entertaining stories and we have been huge fans of his work since first seeing his previous film, ‘Holy Rollers.’ ‘Affluenza’ possesses a strong visual style, terrific cast and a dynamic script combining highly relevant issues with a sense of youthfulness that will allow for the film to connect with wide audiences.”
“Affluenza” will be available in theaters and all leading On Demand platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Cable Movies On Demand, Google Play, Xbox Video, Sony Playstation and Vudu.