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Will Participant's Latest Spanish Co-Production Expose Corporate Pollution?

Thompson on Hollywood By Anthony Kaufman | Thompson on Hollywood April 29, 2013 at 5:19PM

Last week, it was announced that Julia Stiles and Scott Speedman would star in Lluis Quilez's "Out of the Dark," a supernatural thriller presented by Participant Media. What political position will the film be taking on?
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Julia Stiles, who will star in 'Out of the Dark.'
Julia Stiles, who will star in 'Out of the Dark.'

Last week, it was announced that Julia Stiles and Scott Speedman would star in Lluis Quilez's "Out of the Dark," a supernatural thriller presented by Participant Media, the company known for producing films with a political bent, such as "An Inconvenient Truth" "Food, Inc," and "Lincoln." 

While Participant's Jonathan King said, “Given Participant’s mission to illuminate important issues, this is not your average ghost story," the company wasn't clear as to what political position the film would be taking on. But there is some evidence to suggest that the family at the center of the film may be haunted by corporate or ecological corruption. 

In the press release, King eluded to the fact that there were other issues involved in the film. "You can be sure that there’s a bigger reason why this takes place at this particular house in the Colombian jungle and to this particular family," he said. 

Written by Alex & David Pastor (the virus horror pic "Carriers") and originally titled "Aguas Rojas," literally "red waters," the term has been used to describe red waste waters that have polluted many Latin American waterways.

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This article is related to: Out of the Dark, Participant Media, Julia Stiles


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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.