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Mary Aloe and The Aloe Entertainment Team to Produce TIGER This Summer in Canada

It doesn’t take a Bollywood-style movie to crossover to the Indian or Western audiences. Films like “The Hundred Foot Journey” or “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” do very well globally. Multi and cross-cultural creative talent and crews bring stories about India and Indians to the world, continuing a trend of diversity and success.

Mary Aloe and the Aloe Entertainment team, along with Mass Hysteria Entertainment are producing such a film, TIGER. Directed by Alister Grierson (SANCTUM), this movie is inspired by the true story of Pardeep Nagra, an Indian boxer who was banned from the sport for refusing to back down from his beliefs. As a consequence, his legacy will be forever tied to his two biggest battles: the one in the courtroom and the other in the ring.

With a large Indian-based population in the United States, Vancouver, South Africa, Australia, and London, crossing the cultural line is, in fact, all about a great story. Whether it is Deepa Mehta’s “Water” setting a precedent in the crossing of geographic and cinematic boundaries or Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire”, which won critical and popular acclaim throughout the world; the Oscars and other awards organizations, as well as the box office, have taken note and learned how to market and distribute these great stories of India and Indian life for international audiences.

Mary Aloe and the Aloe Entertainment team are proud to be a part of this trend, knowing that it will surpass any novelty stage and, especially with TIGER, bring more hybrid cinema to the world. Themes, like the ones found in TIGER, of individual triumphs, good people winning in the end, hard work, and savvy, are richly rewarded in the crossover audience by their popularity, critical acclaim, and box office, Movie history is gradually filling with these great stories and cross-cultural productions, and it is the better for it.

The Successful Whirlwind of Sundance

     

Executive Producer, Mary Aloe, and the Aloe Entertainment team joined Producer, Trudie Styler, and team for the Sundance premiere of TEN THOUSAND SAINTS. Written and directed by Shari Springer Berman (AMERICAN SPLENDOR, NANNY DIARIES), this successful Sundance entry stars Ethan Hawke (BOYHOOD, TRAINING DAY), Hailee Steinfeld (TRUE GRIT), and Emily Mortimer (NEWSROOM). Set in the 1980s, this movie tells the story of a teenager from Vermont who moves to New York City to live with his father in East Village. Both father and son experience an evolution of themselves and their relationship together. 

Mary Aloe and the TEN THOUSAND SAINTS team can back with a sense of victory from the whirlwind that is Sundance. With a premiere film on the big night, in the big theater at Robert Redford’s annual film festival, all of the work in financing, production, post-production, and arranging gatherings at the festival culminated in a $1.1M sale with Screen Media Films for domestic distribution, releasing the movie this Summer in the top 25 markets in the U.S.

Garnering great reviews from IndieWire, CraveOnline, and Variety, Mary Aloe and the entire Aloe Entertainment team were very excited to be part of experience, bringing in the equity financing for the movie through supportive and enthusiastic investors. 

 

Mary Aloe and Aloe Entertainment History

     

Mary Aloe is a packaging producer.  She and the Aloe Entertainment team just  Executive produced Ten Thousand Saints starring Ethan Hawke, Emile Hirsch and Hailee Steinfeld that premiered at Sundance Film Fest 2015 after which garnered  a great sale with Screen Media and  will be released Summer 2015.  As well, Mary has Wild Oats with the Weinstein’s is released this summer starting Shirley Maclaine, Jessica Lange and Demi Moore. As well Mary starts Mother Mary this summer with Lionsgate that she is producing and co wrote, The Ranch and Punjab Tiger. 

However her background and first love is reality television. Besides the three shows in development Throwback, Mama’s Boy and Game of Clones, Mary produced Room 401 jointly with partners Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg, premiering on MTV. Mary Aloe is also developing a bevy of reality series Geraldo, Susan Powter Show, Caught in the Act, Hard Copy, Current Affair over nine series for network and syndication

Mary Aloe arranged financing and producer many critically acclaimed features were selected for some of the world’s most prestigious film festivals.  When A Man Falls In The Forest, starring Sharon Stone and Timothy Hutton, was selected for main competition at the Berlin International Film Festival and in the main competition for America’s South By Southwest Film FestivalNumb, starring Matthew Perry and Mary Steenburgen, was selected to have its world premiere in the Discovery section at the Tribeca Film Festival; and Battle In Seattle, a political action drama written and directed by Stuart Townsend and starring Charlize TheronWoody HarrelsonRay Liotta,Channing Tatum, Andre Benjamin Joshua JacksonMartin HendersonConnie Nielsen and Rodriguez. “Battle” had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in main competition and had the biggest sale at the festival and is being multi-plat formed theatrically across America this fall 2008. Aloe’s other films include While She Was Out, a female action thriller starring Kim Basinger and Lucas Haas; executive produced by Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) and jointly produced by Don Murphy (Transformers); and Tortured, starring Laurence Fishburne and James Cromwell, which was released through Magic Box and Sony Pictures. Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever with LGE had its theatrical release in the spring of 2009. Aloe’s first feature film endeavor was in 2004 and entitled Downtown: A Street Tale, starred Genevieve Bujold and Domenica Scorsese and was released with American World Pictures.

Mary Aloe’s foray into the business began in television with producing over eight successful national reality and television talks shows. In 2001, Mary Aloe transitioned into long form television with Columbia TriStar and NBC with The Princess and the Marine, a MOW for NBC Television, the project, chronicling the true story of a Middle Eastern Princess who fell in love with an American Marine, generated so much excitement it incited the second biggest bidding war in television history. It then became the highest rated Movie of the Week that year for NBC. Aloe executive produced this made for TV movie with Columbia Tri-Star.

Mary Aloe has also affiliated herself with the top organizations in the entertainment industry. She is a member of the following guilds: WEN (Women’s Entertainment Network), American Federation of Women in Television and Radio, CAUCUS, Women in Film and First Weekenders Club.

Mary Aloe/Aloe Entertainment on Choosing a Faith Movie to Produce – or Does the Movie Choose You?

                                             

On a professional level, faith-based movie movies often have excellent returns for the equity investors and strong box office revenues. As well, they often have a shelf life that is termed in our business as “evergreen”. Meaning, they will continually be profitable in the theatrical, VOD, television, and even the DVD market for years to come. Every week, Mary Aloe and the Aloe Entertainment team get pitched faith-based movies from all over the world, because of their affiliation with MARY from Lionsgate. However, Mary Aloe and the Aloe Entertainment team do stringent ROI and IRR analysis before green-lighting a picture. 

The Aloe Entertainment team chose to proceed on the TIMOTHY HILL RANCH movie for many reasons. The first reason was that it was brought to Mary Aloe by her partner, Dan Grodnik, who, after 44 movies, is considered one of the top producers in the business. Currently, Grodnik has two pictures with Affirm Films at Sony Pictures that pre-dates Aloe and Grodnik’s partnership. So both Aloe and Grodnik have a strong understanding of the value of a faith-based movie. What is important here for TIMOTHY HILL RANCH (working title), is that we will be casting two stars in the main leads. We also highly believe in the director/writer, Cole Claassen. The script is what we would term “faith-based lite”. It is not preachy, but still reaches its mission to spread the “good word”. The story line is current, and a very strong topic in today’s news that we believe will be embraced by all audiences, and also inspire faith.
 
Our story is about a 17 year old young man who is about to be sent to prison for drug dealing after his father was sent to prison for attempted robbery, the only role model he knew.  Based on a true story, the judge gives our 17 year old, Parker, a choice - Rikers Island Prison or Timothy Hill Ranch. The young man chooses the ranch, finding his faith and learning redemption. Producer Mary Aloe and the Aloe Entertainment team, feel that this movie will have strong outreach and crossover audience potential.

Mass Hysteria Entertainment Acquires ‘Timothy Hill Ranch’ Script, Partners with Aloe Entertainment to Co-Finance

HOLLYWOOD, CA / ACCESSWIRE / March 5, 2015 / Daniel Grodnik’s Mass Hysteria Entertainment Company, Inc. (MHYS) announced today it has acquired the film rights to writer, director Cole Claasen’s Timothy Hill Ranch, and has partnered with Aloe Entertainment to co-finance and produce. Aloe Entertainment recently co-financed 10,000 Saints starring Ethan Hawke, Hailee Steinfeld, and Emile Hirsch that just had it’s world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and Wild Oats, directed by Andy Tennant and starring Jessica Lang, Demi Moore, and Shirley Maclaine that will be released later this year through the Weinstein Company. “Mary Aloe and I are working on a number of film projects together including the recently announced Punjab Tiger and now Timothy Hill Ranch,” said Grodnik, CEO of Mass Hysteria Entertainment. “Mary is a seasoned professional who has a deep understanding of film economics that works in tandem with her wonderful story sense. The script for Timothy Hill Ranch has already benefited from her creative ideas.”

Logline: When 17 year old Parker is busted for selling drugs in Brooklyn and headed to jail, he’s offered a second chance…a year on a horse ranch in the middle of nowhere.

Timothy Hill Ranch is based on the life of Thud Hill, the executive director at the Ranch, a 75 acre horse ranch/juvenile correctional facility on the east end of Long Island, working with young men coming out of jail and transitioning back into society.

Our story is about a particular relationship Thud finds with a new resident named Parker. Parker is a typical tough guy when he arrives, but after Thud puts him in his place, a promising change begins to happen in Parker, who finds a father figure in Thud.

“We are currently looking for a star to play Thud and are hoping to begin selling the picture at Cannes in May,” said Grodnik.

Timothy Hill Ranch is Cole Claassen’s third feature film as writer/director. His first two screened around the world and won festival awards.

Cole has lived and worked at the Ranch for the past year researching the characters and writing the script. This is a passion project for him with the goal of exposing a societal epidemic in the inner-city and an alternative form of correction that is changing many young lives and offering second chances to young adults who are otherwise lost.

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Mass Hysteria Entertainment, Inc. is a multi-media entertainment company created to produce films with an interactive component. For more information go to www.masshysteriafilms.com.

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Mass Hysteria Entertainment to Produce Punjab Tiger

HOLLYWOOD, CA / ACCESSWIRE / February 5, 2015 / Mass Hysteria Entertainment Company, Inc. (MHYS) announced today it has agreed to come aboard to co-produce the independent film, PunJab Tiger, based on the true story of an Indian man, to be played by Prem Singh, who is banned from the sport of boxing because he wouldn’t compromise his religious convictions and stood up for his rights. Prem Singh is also the co-writer of the screenplay along with his partner, Michael Pugliese, who will also play an important role in the movie. The project will be co-produced with Aloe Entertainment. “Punjab Tiger meets our current mandate to produce films that we believe will attract important stars and has award winning potential. Mary Aloe and I are working on a number of new projects together and I am delighted she asked me to join her as a producer on Punjab,” said Daniel Grodnik, CEO of Mass Hysteria Entertainment.

Mary Aloe, president of Aloe Entertainment stated, “I am very pleased to bring Daniel’s expertise and skills to our prestigious project. I look forward to partnering with Dan on many projects in 2015 and onward. We couldn’t ask for a better partner.”

Currently, the plan is to begin pre-production in late May in Canada and to commence principal photography in July or August.

Mass Hysteria Entertainment recently co-financed Daughter Of God under their Remark Pictures label starring Keanu Reeves and Ana De Armas.

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