Matt Miller’s Vanishing Angle is teaming up with writer-director Dennis Hauck’s Foe Killer Films for the North American release of Hauck’s feature directorial debut “Too Late” starring Oscar-nominated actor John Hawkes.
In an age where straight-to-VOD and token day-and-date theatrical has become the norm, “Too Late” will receive a nationwide theatrical release this spring, exclusively on 35mm. There will be no DCP bookings.
The filmmakers have partnered with Michael Tuckman’s mTuckman Media for the release, which will begin on March 18th in Los Angeles and March 25th in New York before expanding to other markets across the country. They have also found a like-minded ally in Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, the rapidly growing Austin-based theater chain dedicated to installing 35mm projectors in each of its new theaters.
“We have always believed that movie theaters should be in service of the visionaries who create the stories and experiences for which they charge,” said Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League. “We were excited to present Dennis Hauck’s ‘Too Late’ in 35mm at this year’s Fantastic Fest where it wowed audiences and commanded multiple encore screenings. We’re now proud to support the 35mm-only release of ‘Too Late’ in Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas across the country this spring and encourage other theaters still fighting the good fight for 35mm to join in.”
“We’re proud that Alamo Drafthouse have come on board to support this release and we are looking forward to working with all the other theaters still out there that have held on to their 35mm projectors and highly skilled projectionists and continue to support the irreplaceable and beautiful art of film projection,” added Miller.
“Too Late” explores the tangled relationship between a troubled private investigator (Hawkes) and the missing woman he’s hired to find. Filmed in the 35mm Techniscope format, the story unfolds across five acts, each comprised of a single 20+ minute uncut shot — roughly the same length as an entire projected film reel — making “Too Late” the perfect vehicle for a 35mm exhibition resurgence.
“We’re waiting for someone to correct us, but we think ‘Too Late’ contains the longest uncut take on 35mm in motion picture history,” said Miller.
“We made this movie to be seen on the big screen, with an audience, and yes, on 35mm,” added Hauck. “Home video, streaming, and VOD are all great, but that’s the afterlife of a film. Regardless of whatever the current distribution fads may be, we’re excited to give ‘Too Late’ the theatrical life we always envisioned for it.”
“Too Late” co-stars Oscar-nominated actor Robert Forster (“Jackie Brown”) as well as Crystal Reed (MTV’s “Teen Wolf”), Joanna Cassidy (“Blade Runner”), Jeff Fahey (“Lost”), Dichen Lachman (“Agents of Shield”), Natalie Zea (“Justified”), Rider Strong (“Boy Meets World”), Dash Mihok (“Ray Donovan”), and Sydney Tamiia Poitier (“Death Proof”).
The film was produced by Hauck, Taylor Feltner and Alexandra Barreto under Hauck’s Foe Killer Films banner, with Miller and Erich Lochner serving as co-producers.
Vanishing Angle’s recent credits include the comedy “The Dramatics,” which was released by The Orchard; the Drafthouse Films release “Amira & Sam”; and “The Grief of Others,” which premiered domestically in competition at SXSW and internationally at the Cannes Film Festival.