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Roadside Attractions Acquires SXSW Award Winner ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ for August Release

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Roadside Attractions has acquired distribution for gritty wrestling adventure drama “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” from first-time feature directors Michael Schwartz and Tyler Nilson. The film won the Audience Award at SXSW Film Festival and stars Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson and newcomer Zack Gottsagen. 

From the press release:

A modern Mark Twain style ​adventure story, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON tells the story of Zak (Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome, who runs away from a residential nursing home to follow his dream of attending the professional wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). A strange ​turn of events pairs him on the road with Tyler (LaBeouf), a small time outlaw on the run, who becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally. Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whisky, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor (​Johnson), a kind nursing home employee charged with Zak’s return, to join them on their journey. “THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON also stars Bruce Dern, John Hawkes, Jon Bernthal, and Yelawolf.

“We couldn’t be more proud of how the movie turned out, the performances are incredible.” said writers/directors Schwartz and Nilson. “Roadside Attractions’ has released some of our favorite movies and their enthusiasm for this project is exciting. We can’t wait for audiences to get the chance to join Zack, Shia and Dakota on their adventure.”

“The trio of Zack, Shia and Dakota is unlike any we’ve seen before and their adventure is awesome, heartwarming and inspiring,” said Roadside co-presidents Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff. “We’re thrilled to bring the movie to theaters and to work with such great new filmmakers as Michael and Tyler.”

The deal was negotiated between Howard Cohen and Angel An of ​Roadside Attractions, and Endeavor Content and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.

Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson and Zack Gottsagen in “The Peanut Butter Falcon”

Roadside Attractions have garnered a total of 19 Academy Award nominations. Their past projects include “Manchester by the Sea,” “Ben is Back” and “The Cove.” Their upcoming slate of films include the Judy Garland biopic “Judy” and the Laura Dern led “Trial by Fire.”

“The Peanut Butter Falcon” is set to release in theaters domestically on August 9. The film is produced by Armory Films, 1993, Lucky Treehouse and Nut Bucket Films. Endeavor Content is attending Cannes this year for international sales.

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Written by Jessica Peña

Jessica Peña studied journalism at Volunteer State Community College before she began writing about film on a personal blog that sprouted from an electronic media course. She is now a film journalist for Awards Circuit, as well as a content editor and writer for the UK-based site JumpCut Online. She also loves the Child's Play/Chucky franchise with no end in sight.

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