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Honesty the Best Policy: The Orchard Moves in with “Rainbow Time”

Get them to sign on the line that is dotted, and then get them to sign again. After inking a seven pic deal, the Duplass Bros are once again in The Orchard business. Deadline reports that distrib are still in SXSW shopping mode, adding Linas Phillips’ sophomore fiction film to the recently picked up Donald Cried. Grabbing worldwide theatrical and ancillary distribution rights, look for Rainbow Time to get added to more indie film fests beforehand.

Gist: This is about a mentally challenged 40-year-old man named Shonzi (Phillips) who is sent to live with his brother Todd (Timm Sharp). When Shonzi develops a crush on Todd’s new girlfriend Lindsay (Melanie Lynskey), he threatens to reveal past secrets that could ultimately tear the couple apart.

Worth Noting: Phillips’ first film item was Walking to Werner (Linas Phillips pays tribute to Werner Herzog in his pledge to walk from Seattle, Washington to Herzog’s Los Angeles home) and his first fiction film (Bass Ackwards) was included in the inaugural year for Sundance’s NEXT section.

Do We Care?: Part of the Duplass family for almost a decade now, THR calls this one “a provocative but weirdly sensitive and endearing dramedy.” We’re thinking this is a significant improvement over his debut.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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