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Phase 4 Films Acquires 'Bindlestiffs': First Film for New Kevin Smith Label

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood March 9, 2012 at 2:01PM

Phase 4 Films has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to writer-director Andrew Edison's high school comedy "Bindlestiffs." This is the first film released under the new "Kevin Smith's SModcast Pictures Presents" banner.
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Bindlestiffs

Phase 4 Films has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to writer-director Andrew Edison's high school comedy "Bindlestiffs."  This is the first film released under the new "Kevin Smith's SModcast Pictures Presents" banner.

In Kevin Smith fashion, "Bindlestiffs" is about "three smart-mouthed high school virgins, suspended from school on a graffiti charge, flee to the inner city to live out the plot of The Catcher in the Rye." "Bindlestiffs" premiered at the 2012 Slamdance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award for Best Feature Narrative.

"This mind-bendingly original and gut-bustingly hysterical first film is so confidently made and one-of-a-kind," gushes Smith, "I cannot wait to stand on a stage beside the 'Bindlestiffs' boys."

Phase 4 and Smith are currently at SXSW looking for more films to add to their roster.  Phase 4 will release "Bindlestiffs" in June.

This article is related to: Kevin Smith, Kevin Smith


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.