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The past is a mirror by which we are forever haunted. A grandfather’s dying wish leads one woman to confront the memories that she has been running from most of her life in the powerful new drama SWELL. Based on a true story, the film stars Summer Spiro (If Looks Could Kill, ‘Westworld'), Corbin Bernsen (Major League, My Daddy Is In Heaven) and Adrienne Barbeau (Argo, The Fog). SWELL is available On Demand, Digital and DVD March 26 from Cinedigm (NASDAQ:CIDM).
The tides of regret and redemption converge in SWELL, a story of one woman’s journey to mend the scars of her past. When Tess (Summer Spiro) runs away from home at thirteen, she was forced to leave her baby brother behind. Eighteen years later, the pain of the decision still haunts her. When her dying grandfather (Corbin Bernsen) requests she finds him, Tess finally confronts her past and goes home. As the miles pass by, she finds the strength to not only heal her heart but the hearts of those she meets along the way.
SWELL, written and directed by Justin Lee (Big Legend, Any Bullet Will Do), is a story that will dare you to be inspired. SWELL also stars Kuali’l Wittman (Your Call Is Important to Us) as the deep-thinking drifter and Brennan Murray (‘Video Game High School’) the as lovable hitchhiker. Gabrielle Stone (Speak No Evil, Stray) rounds out the performances with the complex, gritty portrayal of Tess’s friend who is dealing with her own demons.
“SWELL is our first indie drama. My partner, Justin Lee, wrote and directed this beautifully tragic homage to a darker chapter of his life. It was definitely out of the box for us. Filming was an awe-inspiring experience to watch my friend exercise his personal demons. It was cathartic. I literally watched him change and blossom as each day of filming put the past farther and farther behind him." Producer Kevin Makely
SWELL was produced by Kevin Makely, Shawn Nightingale and Andrew Garrettson. Executive producers include Marc Gold, Edwin Pendleton Stevens and Cory Pike.
ABOUT PAPA OCTOPUSPapa Octopus is a power trio of creative souls in the world of independent film. Led by CEO Kevin Makely, President Shawn Nightingale, and head of Creative Development Justin Lee, they are a location-based, high concept, genre-based production company. SWELL is the first dramatic endeavor for Papa Octopus and their first release with Cinedigm Entertainment.
ABOUT CINEDIGMCinedigm (NASDAQ:CIDM) powers custom content solutions to the world's largest retail, media and technology companies. The global company provides premium feature films and series to digital platforms including iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon, cable and satellite providers including Comcast, Dish Network and DirecTV, and major retailers including Wal-Mart and Target. Leveraging Cinedigm's unique capabilities, content and technology, the company has emerged as a leader in the fast-growing digital-first channel business, with seven networks under management that reach hundreds of millions of devices while also providing premium content and service expertise to the entire digital-first ecosystem. With reciprocal distribution partnerships in both the United States and China, Cinedigm's growing stable of platforms has unprecedented availability in the two largest markets in the world. Learn more about Cinedigm at cinedigm.com.
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