Phase 4 Films Acquires ‘Finding Bliss’

Julie Davis wrote, directed romantic comedy set against backdrop of porn industry

Phase 4 Films has acquired the film "Finding Bliss" for North American distribution. Phase 4 president-CEO Berry Meyerowitz announced the pickup Tuesday.

Julie Davis wrote and directed "Finding Bliss," which is based loosely on events in her life. A theatrical release is planned for this spring.

Starring Leelee Sobieski, Denise Richards, Jamie Kennedy, Kristen Johnston and Matt Davis, "Bliss" is a romantic comedy set in the adult film industry. Sobieski plays an aspiring filmmaker who gets a call from the head of porn company Grind Productions (Johnston), offering her a job editing Grind’s first crossover adult feature.

Davis’ previous films are "Amy’s Orgasm" and "I Love You, Don’t Touch Me!"

"Julie Davis has made a raucous, commercial comedy with heart, and we’re really excited for audiences to see ‘Finding Bliss,’" Meyerowitz said in a statement. "People will connect with Leelee’s character as she journeys through ‘extreme’ circumstances in the porn industry."

"Finding Bliss" premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival and was the closing feature at the Gen Art Film Fest.

Phase 4’s 2009 slate included the U.S. theatrical release of Kari Skogland‘s "50 Dead Men Walking" and the Canadian theatrical release of Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary "Valentino: The Last Emperor."

Phase 4 recently acquired U.S. theatrical rights to Brigitte Berman’s documentary "Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel" and romantic comedy-drama "The Freebie" starring Dax Shepherd.