Upstart Distributor Decal Takes US Rights to SXSW Comedy ‘Recovery’


Independent distributor Heatseeking Decal landed the distribution rights in the United States for “Recovery,” a well-received comedy that premiered at this year’s SXSW Film Festival.

From directors Mallory Everton and Stephen Meek, the road trip adventure follows two sisters with lost souls who travel across the country to save their grandmother, whose nursing home suffers from a COVID-19 outbreak . The project is described as “Booksmart” meets Tom Hardy’s independent gem “Locke”. Everton co-star and co-wrote the screenplay with Whitney Call.

Decal is preparing a hybrid theatrical and VOD release this fall. The film was produced by Sorø Films Production in partnership with BuzzFeed Studios. Scott Christopherson, Babetta Kelly and Abi Nielson Hunsaker were producers.

“Recovery is our love letter to the world after the year we’ve all had, and we couldn’t imagine joining a better team than BuzzFeed Studios, and now Decal. Their vision for the independent film and the expertise they bring to release Recovery is very exciting, ”said Everton, Call and Meek.

BuzzFeed Studios Senior Director of Operations Dan Katt said, “Decal’s innovative exit strategy and commitment to smart and effective marketing aligns with our audience-centric philosophy and mission: to tap into our network of communities and create passionate fandoms for feature films.

Decal’s Ayo Kepher-Maat and XYZ’s Pip Ngo negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers. Previously, Everton, Meek and Call wrote and starred in the television series “Studio C”, “Freelancers” and “Loving Lyfe”.

Decal is released on multiple platforms and manages the home entertainment rights for independent pillars Neon and Bleecker Street. Their first release was the Stanley Tucci-Colin Firth romance “Supernova”, followed by “Together Together” by Patti Harrison and Ed Helms. Upcoming releases include Jaco Bouwer’s “Gaia” and “Ride the Eagle” with JK Simmons and Susan Sarandon.


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