VIDEO SERVICES CORP STAKES OUT
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
TIFF PUBLIC SCREENINGS
Friday, Sept 12 – 11:59pm | Ryerson
Saturday, Sept 13 – 9:30pm | Scotiabank Theatre 12
Sunday, Sept 14 – 3:45pm | Scotiabank Theatre 3
Feast on the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv568AzZ-i8
Toronto-based distributor Video Services Corp (VSC) has partnered with Unison Films and Funny Or Die for the Canadian distribution of What We Do In The Shadows, a mockumentary/comedy written, directed by, and starring Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords, Men In Black 3) and Academy Award® nominee Taika Waititi (Boy, Eagle vs. Shark).
VSC has secured exclusive rights on all platforms in Canada, and Funny or Die will leverage its social media and marketing reach in North America leading up to the film’s release. What We Do In The Shadows, produced by Unison Films and Defender Films, along with producers Waititi, Chelsea Winstanley and Emanuel Michael, follows a trio of New Zealand vampires struggling to adapt to modern society. The film premiered at Sundance this year and will have its Canadian premiere in the Midnight Madness program at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday, September 12.
“It was clear from the first time sitting down with Jonathan and VSC that they had been hypnotized by the vampire subjects of Shadows,” says Emanuel Michael, CEO of Unison Films. “So, I have no doubt whatsoever that they will tirelessly, and quite in fact, eternally support the film here in Canada.”
Diving deep into the throes of vampire life in New Zealand, What We Do In The Shadows introduces us to age-old vampire flatmates Vladislav (862 years old, played by Clement) Viago (379 years old, played by Waititi), Deacon (183 years old) and Petyr (8,000 years old). Stuck in their antiquated ways, they struggle to adjust to 21st century customs, like paying rent, sharing household chores and getting expressly invited into nightclubs. Enter 20-something hipster Nick, who Petyr turns to get an inside education on the modern world. What follows includes a whole lot of discovery: from fashion to technology and even a little feeling — all laced in continuous hilarity, of course.
“We’re bloody happy to partner with Unison, and Funny or Die, to bring this original and humorous horror to Canadians,” says VSC President Jonathan Gross. “It’s a clever ride into a vamp subculture our Canadian audiences will sink their teeth into.”
The deal was negotiated by Jonathan Gross of VSC with producer Emanuel Michael of Unison Films.
About Video Services Corp
Founded in 1993 by former rock critic Jonathan Gross, Video Services Corp. (VSC) is a leading independent all platform film distributor with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles. VSC’s DVD catalogue includes “Corner Gas,” Sharknado, “Comedy Now! Starring Russell Peters” and “Spectacle: Elvis Costello With….” Recent theatrical releases include Union Square, with Oscar® winner Mira Sorvino, Alan Partridge, starring Steve Coogan, and the Israeli horror sensation Big Bad Wolves. VSC has an eclectic 2014 slate that features Cannes Selection Life Itself, Frank starring Michael Fassbender and Honeymoon, which had its Canadian debut at the 2014 Fantasia Film Festival.
About Unison Films
Unison Films is an Academy Award® winning film production, finance, and distribution company launched by CEO Emanuel Michael in 2004. In addition to producing and distributing WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, Unison also produced the upcoming September 12th Weinstein Company release THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY: THEM starring Academy Award® nominee Jessica Chastain and Golden Globe nominee James McAvoy, Academy Award® winner William Hurt, two-time Academy Award® nominee Viola Davis, Isabelle Huppert, Ciarán Hinds, and Bill Hader. TWC will then follow onOctober 10th with the double bill release of the separate films THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY: HIM and HER. Previous Unison producing credits include Yaron Zilberman’s A LATE QUARTET starring Academy Award® winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, Academy Award® winner Christopher Walken and two-time Academy Award® nominee Catherine Keener; GREAT EXPECTATIONS directed by BAFTA winner Mike Newell, starring two-time Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes and two-time Academy Award® nominee Helena Bonham Carter; 360 helmed by Academy Award® nominated director Fernando Meirelles, starring Academy Award® winner Anthony Hopkins, Academy Award® nominee Jude Law, and Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz.
What We Do In The Shadows is Unison’s third film with New Zealand multi-hyphenate and Academy Award® nominee Taika Waititi, following cult Miramax release EAGLE VS. SHARK and the Unison release BOY, New Zealand’s all-time highest grossing box office film. Unison is also currently in pre-production on Waititi’s next film, Blacklisted script, JOJO RABBIT, a co-production with Studio Babelsberg of Germany.
About Funny Or Die
Funny Or Die launched in April 2007 and has become an award-wining top destination for comedy on the web. The site has over 19 million unique users per month, over 60 million video views per month, and has grown into a vertically integrated 21st century digital studio that produces high quality content over numerous platforms, operating a social media and marketing division with over 8.2 million Twitter followers approximately 9.5 million Facebook fans (#1 Comedy Brand on both Twitter and Facebook), and devoted followers on numerous social networking and sharing sites. Funny Or Die has become the “place to be seen” for comedic celebrities, and the obvious destination for a daily comedy fix. Funny Or Die’s founders are Gary Sanchez Productions (Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy), Creative Artists Agency (CAA), and Michael Kvamme. Judd Apatow is also a principal partner in Funny Or Die.