Jenn Wexler’s debut feature THE RANGER wraps principal photography
Jeremy Holm, Chloe Levine, and Amanda Grace Benitez will star in Jenn Wexler’s independent thriller “The Ranger,” Variety has learned exclusively.
Wexler was the lead producer on Ana Asensio’s drama “Most Beautiful Island,” which won the SXSW narrative competition last month.
Larry Fessenden’s Glass Eye Pix and Andrew van den Houten’s Hood River Entertainment are the production companies. Wexler produces along with Larry Fessenden and Heather Buckley for Glass Eye Pix. Andrew van den Houten and Ashleigh Snead produce for Hood River Entertainment.
“The Ranger,” which has started shooting in New York, is written by Wexler and Giaco Furino. It follows a group of teen punks who get in trouble with the cops. The kids escape to the woods to hide out, where they come up against the local authority, an unhinged park ranger with an axe to grind, hell-bent on preserving the serenity of his forest.
Holm’s credits include “House of Cards” and “Mr. Robot” while Levine has starred in “The Transfiguration” and “The OA.” Granit Lahu, Jeremy Pope, and Bubba Weiler also star.
“The Ranger” marks Wexler’s feature film directorial debut. She produced Robert Mockler’s “Like Me,” which debuted at SXSW, and Mickey Keating’s “Psychopaths,” which is set to world-premiere this week at the Tribeca Film Festival. She also produced Keating’s “Darling,” which launched at Fantastic Fest and was released in 2016.
Holm is repped by Leading Artists and managed by Lori Kay of Prevail Artist Management. Levine is repped by APA and managed by Carolyn Anthony of Anthony & Associates. Benitez is represented by AEFH Inc. and managed by Bob McGowan of Bob McGowan Management.
Glass Eye Pix and Hood River Entertainment are teaming up to produce horror-thriller The Ranger. The film follows a group of teen punks who get in trouble with the cops and escape to the woods. There, they come up against an unhinged park ranger with an axe to grind, hell-bent on preserving the serenity of his forest.
The Ranger will be the directorial debut of Jenn Wexler, who cowrote the script with Giaco Furino. Wexler is best known as a producer whose credits include director Robert Mockler’s Like Me and Ana Asensio’s Most Beautiful Island, both of which are screening at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. Wexler also produced director Mickey Keating’s Must List-approved 2016 haunted house tale Darling and the same filmmaker’s Psychopaths, which will receive its world premiere at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival. Andrew van den Houten and Ashleigh Snead will produce for Hood River Entertainment and Larry Fessenden and Heather Buckley will produce for Glass Eye Pix, along with Wexler. The title was showcased at the 2016 Frontieres International Co-Production Market at the Fantasia Film Festival. It was at the market that the two companies decided to join forces and produce the film.
“I have a long history with Andrew, ever since he cast me in his feature debut Headspace, and later in Jug Face, but this will be our first time partnering as producers,” said Fessenden in a statement. “It is a thrill to team up to support Jenn Wexler’s first outing as a feature director after her many outings producing for others.”
“I’ve been a fan of Jenn’s work since I selected her short film to be the winner at Viscera Film Festival years ago,” van den Houten. “Now I’m honored to be helping finance and produce her first feature. Larry, GEP, and I have been waiting to collaborate for years so may this be a fruitful start with many more projects to come.”
Two Glass Eye Pix pics, Rob Mockler’s LIKE ME and Ana Asensio’s MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND, will world premiere in competition at SXSW.
A reckless loner, desperate for human connection, sets out on a crime spree that she broadcasts on social media. Her reality quickly splinters into a surreal nightmare as her exploits spiral out of control. Cast: Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden, Jeremy Gardner, Stuart Rudin, Nicolette Pierini. Written & Directed by Rob Mockler. Produced by Jenn Wexler. Producers: Jessalyn Abbott, Rob Mockler, James Belfer, Larry Fessenden. Executive Producers: Peter Phok, Leo Joseph, Anya Joseph, Anthony Gentile, John Gentile. A Dogfish Pictures / Glass Eye Pix production.
MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND
An undocumented young woman struggling to begin a new life in New York City is offered an opportunity she can’t pass up. But as day turns to night she discovers she’s been lured to the center of a dangerous game. Cast: Ana Asensio, Natasha Romanova, David Little, Nicholas Tucci, Larry Fessenden, Caprice Benedetti. Written & Directed by Ana Asensio. Produced by Jenn Wexler, Chadd Harbold, Ana Asensio. Producers: Larry Fessenden, Noah Greenberg. Executive Producers: Peter Phok, Gill Holland.
Fessenden also appears in Evan Katz’s SMALL CRIMES, also world premiering at SXSW.
More on these films coming soon. Check out the full SXSW lineup right here!
Looking for a way to get your indie genre film made? You might wanna read this! Frontières at Fantasia Fest has some promising projects coming through those doors, including GEP producer Jenn Wexler’s directorial debut, THE RANGER.
Glass Eye pal Mike Gingold talks THE RANGER in this Fantasia/Frontières exclusive!
“During this summer’s Frontières International Co-Production Market at Montreal’s Fantasia festival, RUE MORGUE got the chance to chat with several filmmakers who were there pitching ambitious genre projects to potential backers. Among the most notable were Jenn Wexler and Larry Fessenden of Glass Eye Pix, with a unique maniac-in-the-woods chiller called THE RANGER”
Glass Eye Pix returns to the States after a marathon pitch week for its latest project THE RANGER to be directed by Jenn Wexler (producer on DARLING, LIKE ME, PSYCHOPATHS). Screen Daily has the scoop:
“Two hot TV projects, an environmental zombie and an unhinged park ranger were among highlights at the eighth edition of the horror market.
Frontières International Co-Production Market continued to showcase its growth at Fantasia International Film Festival as it kicked off its eighth edition on Thursday [July 21]…
Prolific genre producers Glass Eye Pix showcased The Ranger, the feature directorial debut from Jenn Wexler about a teen punks who come across an “unhinged park ranger with an axe to grind”…”
Similar to the famed Sundance Labs that have helped foster the careers of such future A-list filmmakers as Quentin Tarantino and Cary Fukunaga, Shudder Labs — which held its inaugural edition earlier this month — invites a group of select filmmakers to attend a week-long retreat with established industry names to take their works-in-progress to the next level. The difference? Shudder Labs focuses its mentorship efforts on filmmakers working in the horror genre, providing them with the guidance of such genre vets as writer/director Larry Fessenden (Wendigo, The Last Winter), Snowfort Pictures CEO Travis Stevens and Lindsay Peters, Industry Director of the genre-centric Fantasia Film Festival and Director of the Frontières International Co-Production Market.
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