DEADLINE: Freestyle Nabs Rights To ‘Chained’ And ‘Delicate State’

By Matt Grobar

EXCLUSIVEFreestyle Digital Media has acquired U.S. rights to Titus Heckel crime thriller Chained, along with global rights to Paula Rhodes’ drama Delicate State. The digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group/Entertainment Studios will release the former title across internet, cable and satellite platforms on December 28, releasing the latter for on-demand viewing on January 4.

Chained tells the story of Taylor (Marlon Kazadi), a boy who finds the criminal Jim (Aleks Paunovic) chained inside a deserted factory, beginning to abuse his captive in order to find out where the man has hidden stolen money, so that he can escape his abusive homelife.

Adrian Hlmes, Leia Madu, Roark Critchlow, Andrea Agur and Emily Holmes also star in the film written and directed by Heckel, which My Precious Pictures’ Rachelle Chartrand produced with Chester Sit of Dynastic Entertainment.

Rhodes and Charlie Bodin shot Delicate State in 2015, over the course of the former’s pregnancy, doubling as the film’s leads and its two-person crew. With it, they document their impending parenthood during a time of extreme political division. Their heads remain in the sand about the greater world around them until it upends their privileged life. Now they must navigate the loss of a loved one, the destruction of their home, and the ruins of the health care system at their, and their nation’s most vulnerable moment.

Delicate State also stars Glenn Morshower, Cathy Baron, Charles Halford, Yuri Lowenthal and more. Finishing funds for the film came when it won The Chimaera Project’s To.Get.Her Award, which champions films shining a spotlight on social change and empowering women and non-binary filmmakers. Pic premiered at Dances with Films, where it received the Audience Choice Award.

Freestyle Digital Media negotiated the Chained acquisition deal with Chartrand and My Precious Pictures, negotiating the deal for Delicate State with Glen Reynolds at Circus Road Films.

The trailers for Chained and Delicate State can be found below.

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