LOS ANGELES (August 27, 2014) – XLrator Media (Jimi: All is By My Side, The Machine) and New Artists Alliance (Cheap Thrills, Bad Milo) have announced a three-picture production slate of science-fiction action thrillers which Gabriel Cowen and John Suits of New Artists Alliance (NAA) will produce and XLrator Media will distribute and co-produce in North America. The production and distribution pact comes as the two companies’ first collaboration THE SCRIBBLER, directed by Suits and starring Katie Cassidy, Michelle Trachtenberg and Eliza Dushku, will be released in theaters and on VOD on September 19th. 

“With NAA, we are reverse engineering ‘audience-driven’ content via an efficient creative production model for the global marketplace. As evidenced by the success of our recent release THE MACHINE, there is a need in the market for high-concept, well-produced science-fiction thrillers that can be made for efficient budgets,” said XLrator CEO Barry Gordon. “We can’t find enough of these films so we’ve teamed up with Gabe and John – two of the smartest and busiest writer-director-producers working today -- to make and distribute them with us.”

“This partnership combines XLrator Media’s formidable distribution strength and proven marketplace instincts with our creativity and production savvy. With North American distribution in place for an entire slate of pictures, we can now focus on making movies, rather than pre-selling them,” said NAA partner Gabriel Cowan.

The first film in the 3-picture slate is 400 DAYS starring Brandon Routh (Superman Returns), Dane Cook (Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue), Caity Lotz (“Arrow,” The Pact, The Machine), Ben Feldman (“Mad Men”), Tom Cavanagh (“Ed”) and Grant Bowler (“Defiance”). Written and directed by Matt Osterman (Ghost from the Machine), the psychological sci-fi centers on four astronauts who are sent on a simulated mission to a distant planet to test the psychological effects of deep space travel. Locked away for 400 days, the crew’s mental state begins to deteriorate when they lose all communication with the outside world. Forced to exit the ship, they discover that this mission may not have been a simulation after all. The film is in post-production and will be released in Summer 2015.

Following 400 DAYS, NAA and XLrator Media will co-produce VIRAL to be directed by Suits and THE TURN to be directed by Cowan, for release in late 2015 and 2016, respectively.   

NAA’s recent films include the Tribeca Film Festival premiere JUST BEFORE I GO, directed by Courteney Cox starring Seann William Scott and Olivia Thirlby, and LOITERING WITH INTENT, directed by Adam Rapp starring Sam Rockwell and Marisa Tomei. They produced the SXSW 2013 Audience Award winner CHEAP THRILLS and SXSW entries BAD MILO and EXTRACTED. 

One of the fastest-growing independent film distribution companies in North America since its creation in 2010, XLrator Media will release 20 films in 2014 including Academy Award-winner John Ridley’s JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE starring Andre Benjamin as rock legend Jimi Hendrix (opening in theaters September 26th) and SXSW hits HOUSEBOUND and THE MULE. XLrator Media is also the home of the acclaimed MACABRE and TURBO genre film labels. The company previously released such diverse films as THE MACHINE, CBGB, AMERICAN MARY, STORM SURFERS 3D, BANSHEE CHAPTER and IRONCLAD: BATTLE FOR BLOOD.



XLrator Media, LLC (XLratorMedia.com) 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, Storm Surfers 3D, CBGB, Banshee Chapter, The Machine, Ironclad: Battle For Blood and the upcoming Jimi: All Is By My Side, Housebound and The Mule.      



NAA was launched by Gabriel Cowan and John Suits, themselves indie filmmakers who’ve created such recent buzzing indie flicks as CHEAP THRILLS (winner of SXSW’s 2013 Audience Award), BAD MILO! (“a cult classic in the making,” per the L.A. Times), produced with the Duplass brothers; the horror outing STATIC (their first in 3D); the SXSW hit EXTRACTED, and many more. 

Cowan and Suits premiered two films this April at Tribeca,  JUST BEFORE I GO, the directorial debut of Courteney Cox, starring Seann William Scott and Olivia Thirlby and LOITERING WITH INTENT, starring Sam Rockwell and Marisa Tomei. They are currently in post on, 400 DAYS, Brandon Routh, Dane Cook, Ben Feldman, and Caity Lotz; CHUCK HANK AND THE SAN DIEGO TWINS, Coatwolf's follow up to the Sundance hit, BELLFLOWER; A CONSPIRACY ON JEKYLL ISLAND, Frank Grillo, Minnie Driver, John Leguizamo, Dianna Agron, and AnnaSophia Robb; 3 NIGHTS IN THE DESERT, directed by Cowan and starring Wes Bentley and Amber Tamblyn; and ORDINARY WORLD, a juvenile justice documentary.