Random Media Announces Film Slate, Executive Appointments24 Jun, 2016 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Random Media, the Los Angeles-based independent film acquisition and distribution company headed by former Paramount Pictures home video chief Eric Doctorow, has announced a slate of seven new feature films it will release through the fall of 2016, as well as two executive appointments.
The films will be released for purchase on various electronic sellthrough platforms such as iTunes and Amazon through a new worldwide distribution agreement with independent film distributor The Orchard.
The slate includes three documentaries: Arrows of Fire (Sept. 6), a motorcycle adventure that takes audiences across the Australian outback; Killswitch (Sept. 13), about Internet hackers Edward Snowden and Aaron Swartz; and Pencils Down! The 100 Days of the Writers Guild Strike (Nov. 8).
Also coming are four feature films: Lola’s Last Letter (Sept. 6), a drama about a 22-year old who makes an apology video letter for a mysterious pen-pal; Desert Cathedral (Sept. 27), about a broken real estate developer who disappears into the Southwest desert; Ghosting (Oct. 4), a supernatural thriller; and Astraea (Oct. 4), a post-apocalyptic drama set in the snowbound woods of northern Maine.
Random Media also has promoted 35-year entertainment industry veteran Don Rosenberg, a former publisher of Home Media Magazine, to chief operating officer. Rosenberg had previously served as head of operations since the founding of the company.
Kenn Heller has been named as Random Media’s head of acquisitions, a new position that will work closely with the entire media team as it expands its diverse slate of films for release across platforms. Heller spent 35 years as a member of the senior leadership team at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was responsible for many aspects of student affairs, including managing the university’s renowned film, music and speaker programs.
“We’re excited about the truly remarkable selection of fall releases and the growth our company is experiencing,” Doctorow said. “It’s a great time to work in indie film, with a fantastic range of exciting releases coming from all over the world. We’re thrilled to help bring them to audiences.”