Great news for people living up in Canada as Don Thacker’s surreal genre film Motivational Growth has been acquired for distribution by Indiecan Entertainment with an eye on a multi-platform release in 2014
Motivation Growth tells the story of Ian (Adrian DiGiovanni), a reclusive thirty-something who hasn’t left his apartment for quite some time. Following a failed suicide attempt a would-be mentor appears on the scene in the form of a talking mass of fungus (voiced by genre legend Jeffrey Combs) and helps Ian to improve his standard of life. This fungus mentor goes by the name of The Mold (who has his very own Twitter account @The_Mold) and takes Ian on a twisted adventure that leads him to meet the girl of his dreams but its intentions may not be as innocent as they seem.
The deal was negotiated by CEO Avi Federgreen and Acquisitions Exec Justin McConnell on behalf of Indiecan Entertainment, and Circus Road Films CEO Glen Reynolds, on behalf of the film’s director. On the news of the sale, director Thacker said:
“I am terrifically excited to be working with Avi and Justin for the Canadian release of Motivational Growth. IndieCan absolutely understands the unique and sometimes challenging lens through which the story is told, and I can’t imagine a better team to get it out there. They get it. That makes me excited.“
Indiecan rep Justin McConnell went on to say:
“MOTIVATIONAL GROWTH is a film as twisted with the tongue as it is with the narrative, and comes from an original new voice in the genre. I fell in love with the picture the moment I first saw it, and can’t wait to help it find the audience it deserves.”
Finally, Avi Federgreen shares this view, stating:
“Don has done a masterful job with MOTIVATIONAL GROWTH. It’s not hard to see why the film has received huge festival acclaim around the world! The film is a great addition to IndieCan’s growing arsenal of great genre titles, and I can’t wait to introduce Canadian audiences to Don Thacker and The Mold.“.
We had the pleasure of watching Motivational Growth when it was shown as the opening film during this year’s Celluloid Screams horror film festival in Sheffield and certainly share their sentiment. Not only is it an impressive debut by Thacker but it is perhaps one of the most engaging films that we’ve seen on the festival circuit this year. We loved it and can’t wait for the time when it is finally released here in the UK.