Gravitas Ventures announced yesterday that they have acquired U.S. VOD rights to Jug Face, winner of the 2011 Slamdance Grand Prize Screenwriting Award. It is a new horror-thriller written and directed by Chad Crawford Kinkle and starring Lauren Ashley Carter (The Woman), Sean Bridgers (Deadwood), Sean Young (Blade Runner), Larry Fessenden (I Sell the Dead) and Daniel Manche (The Girl Next Door). Jug Face will be premiering in theaters later this summer after its pre-theatrical VOD release. Modernciné is the company behind Jack Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door and the controversial film The Woman. Modernciné’s president Andrew van den Houten says, “ Modernciné is proud to be pairing with Gravitas to release this incredibly original film by Chad Crawford Kinkle. Gravitas understands how to release into the digital marketplace better than most distributors in the business. We are confident that our theatrical release in conjunction with their heightened VOD release will give this unique film a chance to find a very large audience.” Nolan Gallagher of Gravitas Ventures says, “We are thrilled to be collaborating with the Modernciné team on the undeniably unique Jug Face. As longtime fans of horror films that break the mold, we are happy to follow the Pit's wishes and bring Jug Face to a mass VOD audience."
Gravitas Ventures gives the following plot summary: Ada, her family, and a small isolated backwoods community worship a mysterious pit. The pit has the power to heal and protect all who honor it but at a deadly price...it demands an occasional sacrifice. The pit communicates through the local potter who, while in a trance, crafts ceramic jugs that carry the face of a person to be sacrificed to the entity that lives within it. Ada has a secret about the latest jug face that she's determined to keep hidden but the pit demands a sacrifice and unleashes an evil onto the community until it gets who it really wants.