It has been a productive year here at CDI. Several of our associated films have been completed and started their release or are slated for a 2013 release. The last film we produced, ASHES OF EDEN, took us right up to the holidays. It is now in editing and a teaser is soon to be released.
DONORS is just coming out of editing and moving over to sound design music composing. Our own post supervisor Mr. Dennis Therrian will do the score. A first look teaser and promotional art was released in December 2012. Mr. Charles Pisaeno was our director on this project.
DARKEST NIGHT was edited down to a release cut and premiered at the FACINE US/Philippine film festival to great applause. The film is signed for US release with Midnight Releasing on March 22, 2013. South Korea and other foreign territories are also being set up for release. The film was directed by Noel Tan.
LOCKED IN A ROOM enjoyed some theatrical play before being signed to an exciting domestic distributor. Look for release art, trailer and announcement of street date very SOON!
7 STONES–this Telly Award winning drama enjoyed a Michigan TV premiere in December. It will now be shopped for TV distribution worldwide in 2013.
DEADLY RENOVATIONS, released 4th quarter with Midnight Releasing, just announced their 1st foreign sale to Scandinavian for early in 2013.
CDI’s DJ Perry also had producer participation in the short film REALIZISM (theatrical/DVD release in April 2013) and the acclaimed feature BENJAMIN, which played several NYC festivals and most recently the Cairo Film Festival in Egypt. BOOK OF RUTH, JOURNEY OF FAITH has continued to sell around the world. In 2013 the company plans to release many more of its films into TV and foreign markets while developing an exciting slate of films for new production.
Thank you to all the cast, crew, and fans that helped make 2012 a little brighter. Here’s looking to another bright new year ahead. Lights!
For Immediate Release – August 2012
Lansing, Michigan, USA
Three Lansing, Michigan area filmmakers join to produce ASHES OF EDEN, a dramatic feature length film. Writer and director Shane Hagedorn united two media powerhouse companies that have been making their mark on the national/international stage.
Ahptic Productions is a commercial giant in the Lansing area that boasts corporate clients like Audi, MTV, Wells Fargo and high profile clients such as Miley Cyrus and Nelly Furtado. Collective Development Inc. is a Lansing based motion picture company whose films have been released with major studios like Lionsgate, E1 and networks like ABC, NBC, Comcast, and TBN with six feature films coming out this year alone. Shane Hagedorn has produced and acted in other award winning films shot in Michigan. This is his second feature film as writer, director, and producer. He will also act in ASHES.
The film is in pre-production, with Ahptic co-owner and director of photography Dominic Cochran bringing his company’s state of the art production gear and his camera skills. Collective Development Inc. president DJ Perry is bringing his producing skill set and front of the camera talent. CDI has already brought interest from Fontana, a division of Universal Music, in the soundtrack. Perry, who has starred in nearly 50 films, is also pulling upon his international talent base to assist in casting and will set up the worldwide distribution. Shane Hagedorn has truly brought together the best of the best in Mid-Michigan and together Lansing will once again shine when ASHES OF EDEN rolls cameras this fall.
Exciting news for CDI co-productions here in the middle of the third quarter. We’ve been keeping you posted on the progress of DEADLY RENOVATIONS and are happy to announce that it will be released to rental and retail outlets on August 21! You can find it at Blockbuster, Hastings, and on Netflix. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon now. Get movies somewhere else? Look for it there. Want to read a review first? Check out this one on Alien Bee. (In case you missed it, catch CDI’s own DJ Perry in his recent interview too.)
Negotiations for distribution rights are underway for LOCKED IN A ROOM. Check out the trailer!
Our first internationally associated project, DARKEST NIGHT, is currently in talks for worldwide rights. A planned, pre-Christmas theatrical release is being set up in the Philippines and possibly other territories, such as South Korea. New CDI and GPI associated projects are in active development and we are looking forward to continuing to build our bridge between east and west audiences.
But, not all of the CDI work is far afield. An associated project that will shoot right here at home in Michigan is beginning pre-production. More details on that coming soon.
We’ll be back here with more updates soon, but until then, enjoy these summer days as we prepare to slide into 2012′s fourth quarter!
Where has the year gone? The winter solstice is almost upon us, and we are overdue for an update. CDI chief DJ Perry is recently back from a second trip to the Philippines. A press junket and the premiere of CDI’s first international co-production, DARKEST NIGHT, had him interacting with the international press and film scene in Manila. The director’s cut of the film was well-received at the premiere and further editing and post-production is underway for the theatrical version. The official DARKEST NIGHT website is now live, so check it out for more details on that project.
Another co-production has had a title change–RENOVATION is now DEADLY RENOVATIONS. This change comes as part of its distribution deal. U.S. theatrical release in select markets will be done by Nocturnal Features. Midnight Releasing will handle domestic distribution and Acort International will manage foreign sales.
After a series of successful screenings of co-production OUTSIDE THE WIRE, distribution deals are under consideration and further screenings are being planned into 2012. Maybe we could call 2011 “the year of co-productions.”
On a more somber note, we have to mention the death of Bill McKinney on December 1. We were honored to have worked with Bill on GHOST TOWN. As news of his passing spread throughout the CDI tribe, we all shared fond memories of our time together in North Carolina. Rest in peace, friend.
DJ Perry, actor, producer and CDI’s CEO, is back in the U.S. after nearly 3 weeks in the Philippines working on CDI’s first international associated project, DARKEST NIGHT. Production is wrapped and the film is currently in post-production. National and international distribution deals are in the works and DARKEST NIGHT will have a fall premiere in the Philippines.
CDI has also licensed photos and footage from Dean Teaster’s GHOST TOWN to Popcorn Sutton’s Tennessee White Whiskey. Cast as a mountain man moonshiner in the film, Popcorn Sutton faced a real prison sentence for making illegal whiskey and sadly took his own life. However, Popcorn’s legacy and recipe live on. We are honored and proud to have worked with and known Popcorn. We share a commitment to the honesty of the product and hope to work on additional marketing efforts in the future.
Speaking of Dean Teaster’s GHOST TOWN, if you haven’t yet had a chance to see the “Red Mountain” music video for Paul Proios’s original song, check it out! CDI is open to moving into more music video projects. Contact DJ directly if you are interested in discussing any potential commercial work, including music videos.