IFC MIDNIGHT SNATCHES U.S. RIGHTS TO HOME INVASION THRILLER “SEE FOR ME” STARRING A BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE BY VISUALLY IMPAIRED ACTOR SKYLER DAVENPORT
IFC Midnight announced today that they are acquiring U.S. rights to Randall Okita’s SEE FOR ME, a home invasion chiller that pits a blind house-sitter against three experienced thieves. IFC Midnight will release the film in 2022.
Directed by artist and filmmaker Randall Okita, SEE FOR ME is a Wildling Pictures Production. Written by Adam Yorke and Tommy Gushue, produced by Matt Code and Kristy Neville, and David Di Brina is the executive producer. The film is produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada and Ontario Creates. The film stars visually impaired actor Skyler Davenport as blind house-sitter Sophie, alongside Kim Coates, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Pascal Langdale, Joe Pingue, George Tchortov, Laura Vandervoort, and Emily Piggford.
When blind former skier Sophie accepts a last-minute house-sitting job in a secluded mansion, she awakes in the middle of the night to find the house under invasion by a group of thieves seeking a hidden safe. Her only means of defense: a new app called “See For Me”, which matches her with a volunteer across the country who uses Sophie’s cell phone to see on her behalf. Stubbornly independent, Sophie is reluctant to accept help until she is connected to Kelly, an army veteran who spends her days playing first person shooter games. As the game of cat-and-mouse with the intruders escalates, Sophie is forced to learn that if she’s going to survive the night, she’ll need to take all the help she can get.
The sophomore feature from Randall Okita, who previously directed The Lockpicker and acclaimed VR experience The Book of Distance, SEE FOR MEmade its World Premiere at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival, where critics took notice of Okita’s confident direction and intricate staging. In a review for Bloody Disgusting, Meagan Navarro wrote, “Okita never ceases to find distinct angles or keep things visually interesting…the snowy setting and the disconcerting sound design contribute to the isolated atmosphere”.
Arianna Bocco, President of IFC Films, said, “SEE FOR ME is an innovative take on the home invasion thriller and an impressive showcase of Randall’s skills as a storyteller and visual artist, with nail-biting twists and turns that are perfect for IFC Midnight audiences. It’s also an exciting debut by lead actor Skyler Davenport, who really anchors the film with their expressive and complex performance.”
Director Randall Okita added, “We are delighted to be working with IFC Midnight, and I can’t wait for audiences to be thrilled and uplifted by Sophie’s journey in SEE FOR ME.”
The deal for the film was negotiated by IFC Films with XYZ and Elle Driver representing the filmmakers.
Established in 2000 and based in New York City, IFC Films is a leading U.S. distributor of independent film. Its unique distribution model makes independent films available to a national audience by releasing them in theaters as well as on digital and cable’s Video On Demand (VOD) platform, reaching nearly 50 million homes.
Upcoming releases Welsh-language horror THE FEAST in November, Ruth Paxton’s A BANQUET, and Hannah Bergholm’s HATCHING. Some of the company’s successes have included Andy Nyman’s critical darling GHOST STORIES, André Øvredal’s box-office success THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE, Peter Strickland’s modern giallo BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO, Natalie Erika James’ RELIC, SWALLOW from Carlo Mirabella Davis and the award-winning and cultural phenomenon THE BABADOOK. IFC Midnight is a sister label to IFC Films, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.