LOS ANGELES, CA, September 12, 2013 – Fresh off the film’s world premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, Open Road Films and XLrator Media have secured North American theatrical distribution rights for “All Is By My Side,” written/directed by John Ridley (“12 Years A Slave”) and starring André Benjamin.  The announcement was made today by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films and Barry Gordon, CEO of XLrator Media. 

“All Is By My Side” is produced by Darko Entertainment's Sean McKittrick (“Bad Words”), Jeff Culotta, and Danny Bramson, Freeman Films’ Brandon Freeman and Anthony Burns, Subotica’s Tristen Orpen Lynch, and Nigel Thomas of Matador Pictures, with Darko’s Edward H. Hamm, Jr., and John Ridley as executive producers.

Open Road Films CEO Tom Ortenberg stated, “We are excited to partner with XLrator Media to bring this sensational story to moviegoers across the country.  From director/screenwriter John Ridley’s incredible vision, Andre Benjamin gives a mesmerizing performance as legendary Jimi Hendrix.”

“As a life-long Hendrix fan, this film was a revelation -- the gem of Toronto. We’re thrilled to partner with Open Road, the best-of-breed studio in the business, in a collaboration that combines the unique skill sets of our two companies,” said Gordon.

Described by Ridley as one of the most rarely told stories in rock history, “All Is By My Side” charts just over a year in a man’s life.  The year he blossomed and became Jimi Hendrix.  The year he spent as a young musician trying to make it on the streets and in the clubs of London, England.  The lovers, friends, and musical collaborators, who helped him get there.  Starring Andre Benjamin in an electrifying performance as Hendrix, “All Is By My Side” also features a stand out supporting cast including Hayley Atwell, Imogen Poots, and Ruth Negga.

International sales are being handled by Content Media Corporation

The deal was brokered by XLrator Media’s Barry Gordon, Open Road Films’ Tom Ortenberg, General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Operations and Business Affairs, Elliott Kleinberg, and Senior Vice President of Acquisitions, Ben Cotner and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers. 



Open Road Films is a dynamic, acquisition-based domestic theatrical distribution and marketing company which annually releases a diverse slate of star-driven motion pictures which has included multiple #1 releases.  It was founded in 2011 by AMC Entertainment Inc. (AMC) and Regal Entertainment Group (Regal), the two largest theatrical exhibition companies in the United States.  Open Road and its lenders recently extended the company's 100,000,000 credit facility through 2018. 

Past releases include:   The Grey starring Liam Neeson which opened to #1 at the box office; End Of Watch starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña which opened #1 at the box office; A Haunted House starring Marlon Wayans; Side Effects directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum; The Host, based on Twilight saga author Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling book; and Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad and Matthew Modine.

Upcoming releases include:  Machete Kills (10/11/13) directed by Robert Rodriguez and starring Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Demián Bichir, Alexa Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding, Jr., William Sadler, Marko Zaror and Mel Gibson; Homefront (11/27/13) starring Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder and Kate Bosworth; 3-D animated The Nut Job (1/17/14) with voice talents of Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl, Will Arnett and Brendan Fraser; Sabotage (4/11/14) starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joe Manganiello, Sam Worthington, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Max Martini, Josh Holloway, Olivia Williams, Mireille Enos; A Haunted House 2 (3/28/14) starring Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly and Gabriel Iglesias; Chef (5/9/14) written, directed and starring Jon Favreau along with Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo and Robert Downey jr and Testament (2015) written and directed by Eric Bress (The Butterfly Effect).

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About XLrator Media, LLC

XLrator Media, LLC ( is a multi-platform releasing company founded by industry veteran Barry Gordon. It is focused on acquiring feature films, event programming and libraries, in addition to producing programming for enthusiast genres and categories that are  under-served by the major studios and most independents. Recent XLrator Media releases include Ironclad, John Carpenter’s The Ward, Bunraku, Killing Bono, Knuckle, We The Party, 96 Minutes, Assassin’s Bullet, Blood Money, Brawler, Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes, Outpost: Black Sun, The Thompsons, Allegiance, Thale, American Mary, Under The Bed, Storm Surfers 3D and the upcoming CBGB.   


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