NY/LA-based arthouse genre outfit Yellow Veil Pictures have added the world sales rights to Scott Friend’s debut feature TO THE MOON, which had its world premiere earlier this month at the collaborative virtual festival NIGHTSTREAM, organized by a collective of U.S. genre festivals including Boston Underground, Brooklyn Horror, North Bend Film Festival, and The Overlook Film Festival.
In TO THE MOON, which is written, directed, and lead by Scott Friend, a weekend of healing for Dennis (Friend) and Mia (Madeleine Morgenweck) becomes a hallucinatory nightmare when Dennis’ estranged brother Roger (Will Brill) arrives and begins to distort their senses. A dysfunctional family psychological, psychedelic thriller that plays out under the weight of addiction and takes its three leads to darkly funny lows, the film takes the trope of the uninvited house guest and turns it into a metaphor for the fallout of trauma on the relationship between a young couple.
Yellow Veil Pictures Co-Founder Joe Yanick said “TO THE MOON blurs the lines between a paranoid thriller and an acerbic indie to great results. Taking on double duty as director and lead performer, Scott Friend is a true talent to watch and we are honored to join him in this ‘trip.’
TO THE MOON stars Friend alongside Will Brill (The OA, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, THE EYES OF MY MOTHER) and Madeleine Morgenweck (THE DARK END OF THE STREET), and is produced by Cate Smierciak (Zia Anger’s MY LAST FILM), Everett Hendler (SATAN AND ADAM, THE DARK END OF THE STREET), Stephanie Randall, David Formentin (THE EYES OF MY MOTHER), and Gabriel Wilson. The film was selected as part of the 2020 U.S. in Progress Wroclaw industry showcase, where it was awarded by the director of the Polish Film Institute. Scott Friend added, “I couldn’t be more excited to team up with equally passionate partners in Yellow Veil Pictures to introduce my first feature to the world. With TO THE MOON, I wanted to explore the themes of love, addiction and enabling in the context of family. This film, in all of its offbeat and dark humor, is very close to my heart and I hope it resonates with audiences as well as entertains.”