For immediate release

Toronto, Ontario – May 25, 2010 – D Films has acquired all Canadian rights in all media to Gareth Edward’s hotly anticipated first feature MONSTERS, from Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures. The announcement was made today by President and CEO of D Films, Jim Sherry and by Senior Vice-President of Magnolia, Tom Quinn.

MONSTERS was acquired by D Films from Magnet Releasing following its world premiere at a packed midnight screening at the recent SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Gareth Edwards, an award-winning special effects expert wrote, directed and edited MONSTERS, and also created the special effects.

The story follows a US journalist who agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through an infected, quarantined zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border. Six years previously, the earth was invaded by aliens and new life forms began to appear in Mexico. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain “the creatures”…
Produced by Allan Niblo and James Richardson of UK-based Vertigo Films, MONSTERS was shot on location in Guatemala, Mexico and the US, and stars Scoot McNairy (“In Search of a Midnight Kiss”) and Whitney Able (“All the Boys Love Mandy Lane”).

“We are delighted that Magnolia and the filmmakers alike have chosen D Films as their exclusive Canadian partner on this highly anticipated feature,” said Jim Sherry. “This acquisition continues D’s business strategy of aligning our company with talented filmmakers and projects we strongly believe in.”

With a background in visual effects, Gareth Edwards has created BAFTA award-winning and EMMY nominated visual effects and recently broke new ground directing the epic drama ‘Attila the Hun’ for the BBC, creating all the 250 visual effects himself. Winning SciFi London’s 48 hour film contest led to MONSTERS, his feature film debut.

The deal was negotiated by D Films President and CEO, Jim Sherry and by Magnolia Pictures International Sales Executive, Laird Adamson.

About D Films

D FILMS is a Toronto-based, full service marketing and motion picture distribution boutique that acquires exclusive, long term rights to films across all platforms, including theatrical, television, home entertainment and internet. Launched in September, 2009, D Films is headed by distribution veterans Jim Sherry and Tony Cianciotta. The company’s first acquisition under the D Films banner was Creation, which had its world premiere as the prestigious Opening Night Gala at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. Current and upcoming releases include the War II epic Max Manus which will also be released by D Films in the U.S. this June, and the Iranian thriller, Tehroun. The historical drama Winnie, starring Oscar® winning actress Jennifer Hudson as Winnie Mandela and Academy® Award nominee Terrence Howard as Nelson Mandela, will start shooting in South Africa on May 31, 2010 and will be released in 2011. In addition, the comedy feature Roller Town starring Picnicface, one of Canada’s hottest comedy troupes, will start shooting in Halifax this summer. Also, the family film Sophie and action/drama A Million Colours are both currently in production and will be released this Fall.

D FILMS recently signed an exclusive, multi-picture, DVD distribution deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Canada (SPHEC).

About Magnet Releasing

Magnet is the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, specializing in films from the vanguard of horror, action, comedy and Asian cinema, and is home to such critically acclaimed films as Tomas Alfredson’s Let the Right One In, John Woo’s historical epic, Red Cliff, Ty West’s The House of the Devil, Nacho Vigalondo’s time travel masterpiece Timecrimes, sci-fi epic Mutant Chronicles, Tony Jaa’s thrilling Ong Bak 2, Nicholas Winding Refn’s Bronson and such upcoming titles as Neil Marshall’s Centurion, the highly anticipated George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead, The Warlords starring Jet Li, and the thrilling action sequel District 13 – Ultimatum. Magnolia Pictures is the theatrical and home entertainment distribution arm of the Wagner/Cuban Companies, a vertically integrated group of media properties co-owned by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban that also include the Landmark Theatres chain, the production company 2929 Productions, and high-definition cable network HDNet.