Anna Paquin's "Free Ride" gets a boost from Phase 4 Films, which has picked up all U.S. and Canadian rights to the Shana Betz-helmed crime thriller.
The deal was announced at Cannes, where Cargo Entertainment is handling international sales.
"Free Ride" also stars Cam Gigandet, Drea de Matteo, Liana Liberato, Jeff Hephner, Brit Morgan and Ava Acres. Producers are Susan Dynner, Cerise Hallam Larkin, Chris Swinney and Paquin; exec producers are Mark Larkin and Stephen Moyer.
It's the first film production from Paquin and husband Moyer's production company, CASM. Phase 4 will release "Free Ride" later this year in theaters and on demand.
Betz directed from her own script and based "Free Ride" on her life story. Paquin portrays a single mother who moves to Florida with her daughters in search of a better life and gets pulled into the drug-trade business.
Phase 4′s Larry Greenberg and Katharyn Howe negotiated with Paradigm's Nick LoPiccolo and attorney Ron Levin on behalf of the filmmakers.