Sundance 2018: Gunpowder & Sky Acquires Hearts Beat Loud

Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons appear in Hearts Beat Loud by Brett Haley, an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute. Photo by Jon Pack.

Gunpowder & Sky announced the acquisition of North American rights to Brett Haley’s new film, Hearts Beat Loud, premiering this week at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in the Premieres program.  Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) previously acquired the international rights.

The press release follows:
PARK CITY, UT – January 24, 2018 – Gunpowder & Sky, the global content studio, announced today that it has acquired the North American rights to Sundance veteran Brett Haley’s (I’ll See You In My Dreams, The Hero) Hearts Beat Loud, a touching ode to the bonding powers of music.

Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation, The Little Hours) and Kiersey Clemons (Dope) star as a father and daughter living in Red Hook, Brooklyn who become an unlikely songwriting duo in the last summer before she leaves for college. The star-studded cast also includes Ted Danson (The Good Place and Fargo), Sasha Lane (American Honey), Blythe Danner (Meet the Parents) and Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine, United States of Tara).

Quickly becoming one of the more diverse and in-demand young composers, Keegan DeWitt, known for having 15 films at Sundance during the past five years as well as for scoring HBO’s Divorce, wrote four original songs for this film.

“We are thrilled to partner with Van Toffler and Gunpowder & Sky on our theatrical release,” said filmmaker Brett Haley. “Their vision and passion for the project was apparent, and their team’s expertise with music-driven films make them the ideal distributor to bring our movie to audiences across the country.”

Park Pictures, Burn Later Productions and HK Productions produced the film with Houston King, Sam Bisbee and Sam Slater as producers. Franklin Carson, Paul Bernon, David Bernon, Theodora Dunlap, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Lance Acord, Danny Rifkin, Frank Brenner and Nick Offerman Executive Produced.

“Brett masterfully integrates music’s unique ability to bring people together across boundaries and generations,” said Van Toffler, CEO of Gunpowder & Sky. “The film’s uplifting spirit, accompanied by killer performances encapsulates life’s twisted emotional journey. We couldn’t be more fired up to work with Brett and the team to take the film out to the audiences.”

The deal was negotiated by Endeavor Content on behalf of the filmmakers and Janet Brown and Jake Hanly negotiating on behalf of Gunpowder & Sky. The film is planned for release in Summer 2018.

This news comes one year after Gunpowder & Sky acquired Sundance’s outrageous comedy of 2017, The Little Hours, which went on to be the top grossing film its opening weekend.On Monday, Gunpowder & Sky premiered the RKSS (Turbo Kid) directed, Summer of ‘84 which delivers the camaraderie, adventure, joy and nostalgia of The Goonies and Stand by Me while four boys chase to uncover a mystery. The studio also debuted director Trevor Stevens’ first feature film, Rock Steady Row during Slamdance.

Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.

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