30 Sep DEADLINE: Freestyle Digital Media Acquired North American VOD Rights To The Comedy-Drama ‘Who Needs You’ – Film Briefs
EXCLUSIVE: Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group, has acquired North American VOD rights to the comedy-drama Who Needs You. The film will be available to rent and own on digital on October 25
Written and directed by and starring filmmaker Tyler Hunt, Who Needs You was produced by Hunt and Justice Hardy. The cast of movie also features Megan Elisabeth Kelly, Ashley Dakin, Matt Alvarado, Shanah Leaf, Zak Guzman, Marc Brown, Haley Mae, Ben Humphrey, Stacy Pederson, Kim Almacen, Kelli Catlin, Alex Niforatos, Daniel Selk, Roy Kieffer and Omid Dastan Harrison.
Who Needs You tells the story of when obsessive free spirit Stephen finds out his teen half-sister Sarah is pregnant. After reuniting, Stephen promises to do his best to help raise the baby with her, even with many obstacles in the way. As Stephen desperately tries to convince Sarah to keep the baby, she finally agrees when Stephen promises to father the child, and they embark on the journey of parenthood – for which neither of them are ready.
See the trailer below.
“The issue of an unplanned pregnancy can be extremely polarizing. Oftentimes, people focus on the life of the child, but neglect the life of the mother. This film deals with the issue of an unintended pregnancy, but focuses on the life and needs of the single mom. It’s pro-woman. It’s about understanding the convictions you place on other people, and about how your ideals you put on others will affect them for the rest of their lives,” said Hunt.
“This story was inspired by work I’ve done telling stories of many moms who found themselves in an unexpected pregnancy not sure what to do. I’ve worked through countless hours of interviews of these women with issues ranging from having five children in an abusive relationship while getting pregnant with the sixth, facing the threat of deportation back to Venezuela if she wouldn’t abort the child, heroin addiction, abuse, and many other issues. This story was also written with the help of a single mom with two children who found herself in a teen pregnancy as well. This story comes from intimate knowledge and personal experience. Let’s lay the politics aside and ask one of the most important questions in all of this. What about her?”
Freestyle negotiated the deal to acquire Who Needs You through Glen Reynolds of Circus Road Films.