LOS ANGELES, CA -- Relativity Media's Rogue and AMC Theatres announced today that Sean Kirkpatrick's Cost of a Soul is the winner of "The Big Break Movie Contest." As the winner, Kirkpatrick receives exclusive on-screen distribution courtesy of AMC throughout the United States starting April 15th.
Kirkpatrick directed Cost of a Soul, starring Chris Kerson and Will Blagrove, from his original script. The movie tells the story of two Iraq War veterans who return home to their slum neighborhood in Philadelphia, only to find themselves trapped in a life they joined the military to escape. As they struggle for redemption, their own families become entangled in a web of crime, corruption and violence.
The panel of judges who chose Cost of a Soul included: actress Kate Bosworth, Relativity's CEO, Ryan Kavanaugh, Relativity's President of Worldwide Production, Tucker Tooley, AMC Theatres' Vice President of Specialty and Alternative Content, Nikkole Denson-Randolph and Youtube "Beyond the Trailer" Creator, Grace Randolph.
While the decision ultimately rested on the judges, online voting was open to the public for one week, encouraging fans to connect with both outstanding independent films.
"The Big Break Contest was created for one reason - to support and encourage new filmmakers. Sean personifies the spirit that Rogue embraces, a young filmmaker who did it his way, wrote a heartfelt script about his hometown, raised the money himself from friends and family and shot it with a skeleton crew on the tough streets of Philadelphia. We're delighted that his movie has been chosen," said Randall Cox, President of Rogue Life, LLC.
"AMC Theatres salutes Cost of a Soul, which is a perfect example of the type of films we showcase through AMC independentTM," said Nikkole Denson-Randolph, Vice President of Specialty and Alternative Content at AMC Theatres. "Cost of a Soul also illustrates our enthusiasm for celebrating independent filmmaking and providing unknown yet talented new filmmakers an opportunity to present their labors of love on the big screen."
Cost of a Soul opens in 50 theatres nationwide on April 15th as part of the AMC independentTM program which showcases the best independent films and targets interested moviegoers through unique promotions and other customized marketing efforts. For updates on the markets that will feature Cost of a Soul, visit AMCTheatres.com/independent.
Showings of Cost of a Soul at the 50 AMC theatres will begin after the film premieres at the AMC Theatres Kansas City FilmFest and Philadelphia Cinefest.