Rocking Films and Dana Lustig Productions have announced that Kino Lorber has acquired all North American distribution rights to, and will be releasing director Oren Shai’s debut feature film, “The Frontier,” a noir thriller penned by Shai and Webb Wilcoxen, about a female drifter who discovers a violent gang of thieves at a desert motel and hatches a plan to escape with their stolen cash, this November, aka “Noirvember”. The film opens via TVOD today, November 8, 2016 and is now available to pre-order on Amazon.
An official selection of SXSW 2015, this riveting neo-noir keeps viewers guessing to the last exhilarating shot.
“With The Frontier I wanted to capture the feeling of reading an old vintage paperback. Highly stylized, yet gritty – the pages disintegrating in your hands as you flip through them ravenously. Many talented individuals shed their blood sweat and tears in crafting The Frontier, and it’s a dream come true to have audiences discover it. I’m moved and thrilled by the release Kino Lorber put together.” Said Shai.
“We’re genuinely excited to add The Frontier to our Fall release schedule.” Said Bret Wood, the Kino Lorber VP who pursued the acquisition. “Kino Lorber has a long history of releasing classic noir, and is also a front-runner in discovering new indie film talent, which makes The Frontier a perfect fit in our library. We think Oren Shai’s visually striking directorial debut will appeal to fans of classic and contemporary film alike, and we look forward to helping the film find a wider audience.”
The Frontier stars Jocelin Donahue (The House of the Devil, Insidious 2, “StartUp”) together with two-time Independent Spirit Award-nominee Kelly Lynch (“Magic City,” Drugstore Cowboy); Jim Beaver (Crimson Peak, “Deadwood,” “Supernatural”); Izabella Miko (Step Up All In, “Deadwood,” Coyote Ugly); Jamie Harris (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Knight of Cups); AJ Bowen (The Sacrament, The House of the Devil); and Liam Aiken (The Killer Inside Me, Ned Rifle).
Filmed in the California desert on Super 16mm, The Frontier weaves elements of classic noir, American western, and the hard-boiled paperbacks of the ‘50s to create a timeless world within which the film’s colorful characters roam. Shadowy, textured, and wonderfully lush, The Frontier actually looks like it popped out of the front cover of a gritty paperback novel.
The Frontier producer Dana Lustig is also the force behind the forthcoming feature film JUNGLE, directed by Greg McLean and starring Daniel Radcliffe. Over the course of more than two decades, Lustig’s passion for independent film has led her to produce over twenty features and direct five.
Israeli-born director Oren Shai’s short films played festivals across the world and garnered praise by IndieWire, USA Today, and Film Threat among many others. His writing has appeared in film publications in the United States, Israel, Italy, and Spain. In The Frontier, Shai’s feature film debut, he draws from the diverse worlds of silent cinema, hard-boiled noir, pulp magazines, 1950s rock and roll, and Hollywood glamour to create a precise and enthralling vision all his own.