Shout! Studios Acquires North American Rights To Matt Ratner’s STANDING UP, FALLING DOWN

Starring Billy Crystal, Ben Schwartz, Eloise Mumford, Grace Gummer, Nate Corddry, Jill Hennessy, Caitlin McGee, and David Castañeda, with Debra Monk and Kevin Dunn

Shout! Studios, the multi-platform filmed entertainment distribution and production arm of Shout! Factory, has acquired North American rights to STANDING UP, FALLING DOWN, a funny and poignant comedy feature from Tilted Windmill Productions, Mangano Movies & Media, and Whitewater Films in association with Face Productions. Directed by Matt Ratner (Punching HenryMatch) and written by Peter Hoare (Down Under Cover), the film stars award-winning comedians and actors Billy Crystal (When Harry Met Sally, City Slickers, Analyze This), Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation, House of Lies, This Is Where I Leave You), Eloise Mumford (Fifty Shades of Grey), Grace Gummer (Mr. Robot), Nate Corddry (FOSSE/VERDON), Jill Hennessy (City on a Hill), Caitlin McGee (Bluff City Law), David Castañeda (The Umbrella Academy), with Debra Monk (Mozart in the Jungle) and Kevin Dunn (Veep). STANDING UP, FALLING DOWN is produced by Chris Mangano, Matt Ratner, Rick Rosenthal, John Hermann and Gabrielle Nadig. Billy Crystal, Ben Schwartz, and Peter Hoare serve as executive producers along with Bert Kern, Nicholas Morton, Matt Bronson, Matthew Jacobs, and Alexander R. Madorsky.  The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders and CEOs Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, filmmaker Matt Ratner, and Jordan Fields, Vice President of Acquisitions at Shout! Studios.

Shout! Studios has secured all North American distribution rights to STANDING UP, FALLING DOWN, including theatrical, video-on-demand, digital, broadcast, and home entertainment for cross-platform releases in the U.S. and Canada. Shout! Studios plans a strategic rollout of this movie across major entertainment platforms, beginning with a theatrical day-and-date launch early 2020.

“It was love at first screening for Matt’s accomplished, funny and endearing directorial debut. The whole cast is superb, with Ben Schwartz fully delivering on his substantial promise and Billy Crystal offering a master class in blending pathos and irreverence,” said Jordan Fields, Vice President of Acquisitions at Shout! Studios.

“We are thrilled to partner with Shout! Studios to ensure our film reaches the widest possible audience.  Their passion for the film was evident from our first conversations, and this passion coupled with their keen understanding of how to position this type of content made it clear to us that Shout! Studios was the ideal partner,” said director/producer Matt Ratner.

The movie deal was negotiated by Jordan Fields and Vanessa Keiko Flanders, Shout’s Vice President of Business affairs, and CAA Media Finance Group on behalf of filmmakers.  

STANDING UP, FALLING DOWN 

Movie synopsis

After four years of chasing his stand-up comedy dream in Los Angeles, 34-year old Scott Rollins (Ben Schwartz) has crashed and burned. Left with little money and a fledging at best “career,” Scott has no choice but to regroup, lick his wounds, and return to his parents’ house in Long Island. While trying to figure out what to do next, Scott pines after his ex, Becky (Eloise Mumford), a successful photographer who has since married a former mutual friend.  On a night out at the bar, Scott strikes up an unlikely friendship with an eccentric dermatologist, Marty (Billy Crystal), who has regrets of his own. Marty and Scott both help each other find the courage to face the failures in their lives.

Titled Windmill Productions, Mangano Movies & Media, and Whitewater Films 

Present in association with Face Productions

Directed by Matt Ratner

Written by Peter Hoare

Produced by Chris Mangano, Matt Ratner, and Rick Rosenthal 

Producers: John Hermann, Gabrielle Nadig

Executive Producers: Billy Crystal, Ben Schwartz, Peter Hoare, Bert Kern, Nicholas Morton, Matt Bronson, Matthew Jacobs, and Alexander R. Madorsky.

Co-Producer: Joanna Colbert

Associate Producer: Kevin Polowy

Costume Designer: Maria Kenny

Music by David Schwartz

Edited by Shayar Bhansali

Production Designer: Michael Fitzgerald

Cinematography by Noah M. Rosenthal