Video Services Corp Obtains North American Rights
to All Platforms For Groundbreaking Smartphone Film Happy Slapping
“Groundbreaking Generation Y film that resembles The Blair Witch Project in its reality-style camera footage”- The Hollywood Reporter
“The world’s first feature shot entirely on iPhones” –CNBC
Video Services Corp (VSC) has signed a deal for North American rights on all platforms for Happy Slapping, a feature film shot entirely on smartphones, without the involvement of Apple. Inspired by true events, Happy Slapping follows a group of five rich suburban kids as they set off to the inner city to seek out fame. Their plan is to manufacture an evening so shocking that their smartphone footage will turn them into instant Internet celebrities. After the group is threatened by another street gang and intimidated by their online idol, they are forced to take their misbehavior up a notch in order to make a name for themselves. And, as always things get out of hand, however, this time everything’s being recorded!
All five actors doubled as cameramen; the entire film is shot with smartphones. Due to current camera phone technology limitations, no video assist monitor, no playback was used during shooting. The result is possibly a whole new cinema language, where the actors are truly the filmmakers.
The film was developed and produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada
This multi-platform distribution deal was negotiated between Christos Sourligas of One Man Band Films and Jonathan Gross of VSC. VSC is planning a spring 2014 release.
About Christos Sourligas
Christos is a multiple award-winning filmmaker and a television series distributor. His debut feature, Elephant Shoes, was the darling of the film festival circuit, winning awards and selling out at screenings around the world. More recently; Christos produced the documentary Dockside to Bedside: 100 Years of Herzl, about Canada’s first free family medical clinic, which premiered on CityTV. It was announced recently that Christos is now VP Distribution for Dakota Pictures, the Hollywood-based TV and film production company, where he will oversee theatrical and television acquisitions and distribution.
About Video Services Corp.
Founded in 1993 by former rock critic Jonathan Gross, Video Services Corp. is a leading independent DVD distributor with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles and a vast catalogue strong in television, sports and comedy. VSC’s releases include Corner Gas, Comedy Now! Starring Russell Peters and Spectacle: Elvis Costello With…. Recent theatrical releases include Union Square, with Oscar® winner Mira Sorvino, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, from writer/director Roman Coppola and The Matchmaker from Israeli filmmaker Avi Nesher. VSC also owns the e-commerce websites sportonvideo.com, laffstock.com and jewishflicks.com.