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Heche: VOD is the Savior of Independent Films

12 Oct, 2012 By: Chris Tribbey

Actress Anne Heche (“Hung,” Six Days Seven Nights) looks at Phase 4 Films’ treatment of her latest film, the comedy That’s What She Said, and sees an independent film’s best bet to get widespread notice.

“So many of these films, after they debut at Sundance, you wonder, ‘What happened to them?’” she said. “I’ve learned so much about how independents are going to survive, and that’s with VOD. The concept is amazing to me.”

Phase 4 debuts the film Oct. 19 in theaters and on VOD at the same time, giving viewers at home an option to watch before it streets on DVD Jan. 8.

The film has Heche, Marcia DeBonis (The Dictator, Letters to Juliet) and Alia Shawkat ("Arrested Development," Whip It) as three New Yorkers experiencing the worst day of their lives, thanks to murderous vibrators, awful haircuts and disastrous cab rides.

Dubbing it “three real chicks having a really bad day,” Heche said the film is equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, and singles out the performances of her co-stars as carrying the film.

“You’re going to laugh your ass off,” she said. “It’s raunchy and dirty. My boyfriend laughed harder than I did. I think men are scared to death that there are women out there who are like this.”

Director Carrie Preston likes to list That’s What She Said as an “alternative to the bro-mance films.” 

“I like to call it a ‘wo-mance.’ Or, in the spirit of the film, ‘a chick flick that's not for [expletive.] I'm excited to finally share it with audiences,” she said.

When announcing the acquisition earlier this year, Berry Meyerowitz, president and CEO of Phase 4 Films, called the film “a truly refreshing break from mainstream comedy.”

That’s What She Said is part of the current wave of female-driven raunch comedies, with a trio of relatable anti-heroines behaving badly,” Meyerowitz said. 

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