Los Angeles – October, 2021 — 1091 Pictures announced today they have secured the world rights to Jose Daniel Freixas’ feature directorial debut VANDAL. The thriller is an EXILIUM production, and stars Daniel Zovatto (Don’t Breathe), Otmara Marrero (“Connecting…”, “StartUp”), Beau Knapp (Southpaw), Juan Pablo Raba (“Narcos”), Richard Schiff (“The Good Doctor”), and Frankie J. Alvarez (“Looking”). The film will be available to purchase or rent beginning November 16, 2021.
VANDAL is the story of the young leader (Zovatto) of an infamous graffiti crew in Miami who experiences love, loss, and the consequences of his actions as he comes of age, struggling to justify his obsession with illegal street graffiti.
“Graffiti has been a part of my life since I was 10 years old. I grew up through graffiti with so many highs and so many lows along the way. As a filmmaker it has been one of my earliest dreams to make a film that authentically depicts the lives of graffiti artists from the perspective of Miami, and represent my Hispanic culture. I am eternally grateful to our cast and crew for bringing their energy, creativity, and talent to deliver what I believe is one of the greatest films about graffiti ever made. I am equally grateful to 1091 Pictures for believing in this film and helping spread the message and magic of graffiti and street art around the globe. We know Vandal is in great hands with the team at 1091 Pictures,” said Director Jose Daniel Freixas.
Greg Maurice, Director of Content Acquisition for 1091 Pictures stated that “VANDAL showcases an authentic and unique perspective of the graffiti world. Both The Godfather of LA graffiti, Kelly ‘Risk’ Gravall, and Atlanta graffiti legend, Dax Rudnak from the Dungeon Family, approved of the true experiences graffiti artists encounter through this film. Jay Dee’s selection of an inclusive, award-winning crew including Gregory Tripi, Caleb Heyman and Oscar-winning casting director, Yesi Ramirez, was the perfect combination to authentically highlight the world of graffiti, something most people see but know anything about.”
VANDAL is directed by Jose Daniel Freixas and written by Freixas, Paul Taegel, Derek Mether, Andrew Bozalis, and Tony Gonzalez. The film is produced by Freixas and Tony Gonzalez. Executive Producers are Rob Weiss, Kelly “Risk” Graval, Marco Vicini, and Tony Gonzalez.
Upcoming projects for Exilium include a film adaption of The Corporation: An Epic Story of the Cuban American Underworld by New York Times bestselling author T.J. English, which will star Benicio Del Toro with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to produce and a forthcoming T.J. English book The Last Kilo: Willie Falcon and the Cocaine Era That Seduced America in the works. Upcoming projects for the cast include Daniel Zovatto in HBO Max’s “Station Eleven” and Otmara Marrero in the upcoming Netflix series “Florida Man”.
The deal was negotiated by producer Tony Gonzalez on behalf of the filmmakers and Greg Maurice of 1091 Pictures.
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About 1091 Pictures
1091 Pictures is a modern distribution partner for independent film and series owners based in New York and Los Angeles, offering content licensing and delivery to over 100 destinations in over 100 countries. The company represents over 500 filmmakers and distributors and has amassed over 150 award nominations, including two Academy Award® nominations, an Emmy nomination, a Grammy Award for Best Music Film, and over a dozen Spirit Awards nominations. Leading the way in digital distribution, 1091 Pictures helps its clients navigate the streaming landscape, providing marketing resources and valuable insights through partnering with its parent company’s new technology platform in development, Streamwise. 1091 Pictures’ diverse slate of releases include NYT Critics Picks such as The Ghost of Peter Sellers and Grammy-Award Winner Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, riveting sports stories such as A Kid From Coney Island executive produced by Kevin Durant and featuring Stephon Marbury and Red Bull’s The Dawn Wall, audience favorites such as The Last Blockbuster, groundbreaking documentaries such as Close Encounters of The Fifth Kind and The Phenomenon, which reveal the latest intelligence on UFOs, and indie film hits such as Academy Award® Winner Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Spirit Awards-winner Christine, and the knockout comedy The Overnight starring Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling and Jason Schwartzman. 1091pictures.com
Exilium is an American production company focused on developing, producing, and financing film, television, and digital content from a minority perspective. Founded by Cuban-Americans Jose Daniel Freixas and Tony Gonzalez, Exilium has been active on several Hispanic and Latin American focused projects based on award winning books such as The Corporation: An Epic Story of the Cuban Underworld by NYTimes best selling author T.J. English which tells the true story of the Cuban Mafia in America. The Corporation was the subject of a highly publicized bidding war which resulted in a deal with Paramount Pictures, with Leonardo DiCaprio producing alongside Exilium and Benicio Del Toro set to star. Exilium also has the film and television rights to the National Book Award winning memoir Waiting for Snow in Havana and Learning to Die in Miami by Carlos Eire, and a book based on the Pulitzer Prize finalist investigation Dirty Gold: The Rise and Fall of an International Smuggling Ring by Miami Herald journalists Jay Weaver, NIcholas Nehemas, Kyra Gurney, and Jim Wyss. Recently announced, Exilium is currently prepping The Last Kilo: Willie Falcon and the Cocaine Era that Seduced America by NY Times Bestselling author T.J. English.