Freestyle Digital Media Acquires Horror/Thriller “Follower” for March Release

Horror-Thriller Sets Digital Debut on North American VOD Platforms March 29, 2022

Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group/Entertainment Studios, has acquired North American VOD rights to the controversial horror-thriller feature film FOLLOWERfrom Smallertown Productions. FOLLOWER will be available to rent and own on global digital HD internet, and satellite platforms on March 29, 2022 through Freestyle Digital Media.

FOLLOWER is based on a disturbing true story that occurred in Northern Nevada in 2018. Centered around an aspiring social media influencer and her two friends, who, while on their annual backpacking trip on a popular hiking trail, became the targets of a violent mass killer. Seeking internet fame within a dark web incel group, the killer live-streamed himself as he hunted down the girls and anyone else who got in his way.Further pushing the envelope, FOLLOWER has an interactive element built-in, which allows the viewer the opportunity to follow the characters in real life. 

Based on a story by Serena Kamlani, James Rich, & Zachary Hersh (AKA Nofazce), FOLLOWER was directed by James Rich and co-written by Rich and Zachary Hersh. James Rich, Zachary Hersh, and Leah Kauffman produced the film under the banner of Smallertown Productions, with Larry Gury and Christopher Finefrock serving as executive producers. 

The cast of FOLLOWER features Revell Carpenter (‘Heather’), Molly Leach (‘Riley’), Gigi James (‘Sam’) Chris Scarciotta (‘The Follower’), Walker Edelman (‘Terry’), Jonathan Jennings (‘Party Guy’), James Rich (‘Jake’), Serena Kamlani (Jamie’), and Ted Rich (‘Gas Station Attendant’). 

“In our new digital world driven by likes, comments, views, and followers, FOLLOWER explores the festering evil that lurks beneath,” said director James Rich. FOLLOWER brings a new level of realism into the horror/thriller genre that will terrify, excite, and challenge the audience.” 

“To truly convey the experience of not just the victims but the people who were following along online as it happened, we developed an interactive component for FOLLOWER that allows the viewer the opportunity to follow the characters in real life,” said writer/producer Zachary Hersh.  “However, to preserve the integrity of the FOLLOWER experience, I won’t say more.”  

Freestyle Digital Media negotiated the deal to acquire FOLLOWER directly with Tiffany Boyle at Ramo Law.   

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About Freestyle Digital Media

The digital distribution unit of Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group, Freestyle Digital Media, is a premiere multi-platform distributor with direct partnerships across all major cable, digital and streaming platforms. Capitalizing on a robust infrastructure, proven track record and a veteran sales team, Freestyle Digital Media is a true home for independent films. Recent releases include BEST SUMMER EVER the teen musical featuring a fully integrated cast and crew of people with and without disabilities, produced by Jamie Lee Curtis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson, THE WEDDING YEAR starring Sarah Hyland and Anna Camp, THE LAST PHOTOGRAPH starring Danny Houston, BERSERK starring Nick Cannon, UNTOGETHER starring Jamie Doran, Jemima Kirke, Ben Mendelsohn, Alice Eve and Billy Crystal. Other Freestyle titles include the action-comedy BETTER START RUNNING starring Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons and Maria Bello, THE BACHELORSstarring Academy Award-winner J.K. Simmons, Julie Delpy and Odeya Rush, the award-winning documentary HONDROS produced by Jamie Lee Curtis and Jake Gyllenhaal, horror documentary DEMON HOUSE starring Zak Bagans, host of Travel Channel’s highest rated show Ghost Adventures, sci-fi thriller THE RECALLstarring Wesley Snipes, MILES starring Molly Shannon and Paul Reiser and the animated feature HELL & BACK starring Nick Swardson, Mila Kunis and Bob Odenkirk.

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