I loved I DECLARE WAR when I saw it at Fantastic Fest last year. It made my top 10 for 2012, which probably isn't very fair since only a few people have seen it, but to me, it was just that good. It's one of the best movies about childhood I've ever seen, and it deals with kids' issues in a sensitive and honest manner. It also has pre-teens shooting each other with imagined automatic weapons that look bigger than they are, which is fine by me. Considering the current political climate, I DECLARE WAR is almost certainly going to be misunderstood on the surface. That's too bad, because Jason Lapeyre and Rob Wilson's movie deserves respect.
So kudos to Drafthouse Films for being brave enough to acquire I DECLARE WAR for release, which means that you'll have the chance to decide for yourself. I DECLARE WAR will see release in the latter half of 2013, and I'm so happy that Tim League saw the same potential in the movie. I can't wait for you all to see it. Here's the press release:
DRAFTHOUSE FILMS CAPTURES"I DECLARE WAR"Fantastic Fest 2012 Audience Award WinnerStorms Theaters & VOD Platforms This YearAUSTIN, TX - Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, announced their acquisition of US rights to 2012 Toronto International Film Festival favorite and Fantastic Fest Audience Award winner I Declare War, directed by Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson. Produced by Lewin Webb, Robert Wilson and Patrick Cameron from SamaritanEntertainment, the film centers on an epic game of capture-the-flag. In their quest for victory, a group of adolescents pushes beyond the game and the boundaries of friendship into an adventure where fantasy blurs with reality. A VOD and theatrical campaign is planned for the second half of 2013.Directors Lapeyre and Wilson set out to construct an action film from the darker side of a 13-year-old's mindset, while also examining sincere conflicts of enduring friendship. Using the kids' overactive imaginations, a neighborhood forest setting becomes a full-fledged woodland battlefield: sticks transform into guns, water balloons into grenades and eyeballs can shoot lasers. Charles Webb of MTV Geekhas praised the film for "vividly capturing a point in time as a kid where everything was important, even the imaginary things.""Not since Stand By Me have we experienced such a poignant and sincere film about kids for adults," says Drafthouse Films CEO/Founder Tim League, "Armed with an arsenal of extremely talented child actors and combining shades of Full Metal Jacket and Lord Of The Flies, Jason and Rob have created a one-of-a-kind action film that we couldn't be more excited to handle in the US."Producer Lewin Webb noted, "We are thrilled that Drafthouse Films have picked up I Declare War and a wide US audience is going to have the opportunity to see it. We are proud to be part of the Drafthouse Family of films.""Drafthouse Films is our ideal partner for I Declare War in the US. From Fantastic Fest on, they have been a huge supporter," says director RobertWilson. "Drafthouse are the most progressive of US based distributors and we know that they will deliver the widest and best audience for the film."The deal was negotiated by Drafthouse Films COO James Emanuel Shapiro on behalf of Drafthouse Films and Andrew Herwitz of Film Sales on behalf of the film's producers.I Declare War is available for festival bookings until the 3rd quarter of 2013. Please contact Festival Coordinator Jon Stobezki at firstname.lastname@example.org. For theatrical bookings contact VP of Theatrical Marketing and Distribution Sumyi Antonson at email@example.com.For more information on I Declare War and Drafthouse Films:http://drafthousefilms.comhttp://twitter.com/drafthousefilmshttp://facebook.com/drafthousefilmshttp://youtube.com/drafthousefilmsAbout I DECLARE WARA group of 13-year-old friends play an innocent game of Capture the Flag in the neighborhood woods, arming themselves with nothing more than sticks, their imagination and a simple set of rules. One afternoon the game takes on a more serious tone and the quest for victory pushes the boundaries of friendship, giving the would-be warriors a glimpse of the darker side of human nature as their imaginations take them beyond the rules of the game and into an adventure where fantasy blurs with reality.About Jason Lapeyre: Co-Director & WriterJason is an award-winning filmmaker currently living in Toronto. In 2011 he made three feature films. His gritty crime thriller Cold Blooded won Best Canadian Feature Film at Fantasia. In addition to I Declare War, he directed a documentary about mental illness called Faceless. He also found time to produce a short film called The Captured Bird, which is executive produced by Guillermo del Toro. He has directed music videos, short films and short documentaries that have played in over 25 film festivals across the world and been broadcast in Canada and the UK. He is also a regular contributor to the magazines Wax Poetics and Rue Morgue on the subjects of music and film.About Rob Wilson: Co-Director & ProducerRob is an experienced film, television and music video director, writer and producer. As the co-owner of 235Films Inc., Canada's most successful producer of music video and related content, he has been responsible for the creative development and physical production of countless videos for innumerable international and Canadian performers. Wilson has also produced and directed numerous independent films and made for TV movies including the critically acclaimed cult horror film Dead Mary with Dominique Swain (Lolita, Face/Off) and Warriors of Terra. Rob recently completed photography on You Bury Your Own with Mykelti Williams (Forrest Gump) and John Glover ("Smallville"), which he both wrote and directed. You Bury Your Own won Best Feature at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival. He currently leads Samaritan Entertainment's creative development operations.About Samaritan EntertainmentSamaritan Entertainment Inc (SEI) is an entertainment company that produces feature film, television, home entertainment and New Media content for sale through traditional and new distribution platforms. The company derives its revenues by developing, financing and physically producing content to be sold and licensed to established worldwide film & television distributors and broadcasters.About Drafthouse FilmsDrafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, is a curated brand of provocative, visionary and artfully unusual films new and old from around the world. Following the earnestly simple motto of "sharing the films we love with widest audience possible," Drafthouse Films debuted in 2010 with the theatrical release of Four Lions which was named of Time Magazine's "Top 10 Films Of The Year." The 2012 release slate includes the acclaimed Best Foreign Language Oscar®) Bullhead, the internationally celebrated Danish comedy Klown (currently slated for a Warner Bros/Todd Phillips produced US remake), Quentin Dupieux's Sundance 2012 favorite Wrong, the 40th anniversary restoration of landmark Australian thriller Wake In Fright, the Werner Herzog/Errol Morris produced documentary The Act Of Killing, and together with producing partners Magnolia Pictures and Timpson Films, the much-anticipated anthology horror film The ABC's Of Death featuring 26 different directors that Fangoria calls, "a stunning roll call of some of the most exciting names in horror across the world." Drafthouse Films distributes films theatrically, through home video, VOD and their direct-to-consumer platforms integrating into the ever-growing Alamo Drafthouse entertainment lifestyle brand, which along with the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas includes: Mondo, the collectible art boutique; Fantastic Fest, the largest international genre film festival in the US; and the pop culture website Badass Digest.