Content Acquires World Rights to Rising Star

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Wed, 02/13/2013 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Content has acquired worldwide sales rights in all media to the romantic comedy/drama Rising Star starring Gary Ploski and Emily Morse. Content will be selling the film at the upcoming European Film Market. The film is written and directed by Marty Lang who makes his directorial debut. Rising Star is a romantic dramedy in the tradition of Before Sunrise and Before Midnight and is the story of an overworked insurance adjuster who must decide between his job and his passion after he accidentally meets his online love interest. The film world premiered at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival in May 2012 where it won Best Premiere and Best On-Screen Romance and was nominated for the Audience Award. It was also the Opening Night Film at the 2012 Hartford Flick Fest. Shot on location in Hartford Connecticut Rising Star is produced by Lang Matthew Giovannucci and Ploski and executive produced by Rahul Patel. The film is being represented by Jon Gursha and Peter Greene of Film Marketing Services who negotiated the worldwide rights deal with Content Film president Jamie Carmichael and head of TV and DVD sales Toby Melling. “We're beyond thrilled that Content is partnering with us to get Rising Star out into the world ” Lang said. “This has been a labor of love for all of us and we're excited that moviegoers will get to see Hartford Connecticut the insurance capitol of the world in a way they've never seen before.” The crew of Rising Star was made up of graduates of the Connecticut Film Industry Training Program a state-sponsored nationally recognized workforce development initiative that uses IATSE and DGA members as instructors to teach Connecticut residents how to work as crew on film and television projects. Lang is the creator of this program which has run each summer since 2008. “We wouldn't have been able to make this film without the energy and excitement of our FITP graduates ” Lang said. “For many of them Rising Star was their first feature film and they've used this experience to kick off careers in the film industry. I'm as proud of that as I am of the film itself.”