KNOXVILLE, TENN. – Devil You Know, a film directed by New York-based writer and director James Oakley, will be released by Knoxville-based production company RIVR Media on July 9, 2013, announces Dee Bagwell Haslam, RIVR Media’s chief executive officer.
Described as a “sexy, stylish, and suspenseful thriller,” Devil You Know stars Lena Olin as Kathryn Vale, a reclusive ex-movie star who attempts to make a career comeback when she’s threatened by an anonymous blackmailer. Rosamund Pike (An Education, Pride & Prejudice) stars as Kathryn’s jealous daughter, Zoe.
Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence – in one of her first screen appearances – plays the role of teenage Zoe in the film’s flashbacks while Dean Winters (Law & Order SVU, HBO’s Oz, 30 Rock) stars as Olin’s unfaithful husband and Molly Price (Law & Order, Third Watch) is her duplicitous assistant.
Haslam served as the film’s executive producer and explains Devil You Know will be made available via iTunes, Hulu, Amazon.com, PlayStation, and Xbox.
“We are very excited to be involved with this film especially since it showcases such exceptional talent,” said Haslam.
According to Haslam, several other RIVR Media projects are set to launch including the series premieres of Scripps programming, The Willis Clan and Catastrophe, Inc. Premiering on GAC on Thursday, June 27 at 8 p.m. EST, The Willis Clan follows parents Toby and Brenda Willis as they raise their 12 talented children on their remote farm in the hills of Tennessee.
Recently featured in “Emmy” magazine, Catastrophe Inc. is set to premiere on HGTV on Sunday, July 14 at 10 a.m. EDT and shows how crews help homeowners get back up on their feet after something’s gone terribly wrong with their house. The series features the Cleveland, Ohio recovery contractor team of Joe Charboneau, Enzo Maddalena, and Ed Ranieri as well as Knoxville-based, Kari Openshaw. “From faulty wiring, floods, fires, rodent or insect infestations, to a contractor’s terrible mistakes, the crew from Catastrophe Inc. toils away in the muck and grime to change people’s lives by restoring their homes,” said Haslam.
Additionally, in late 2012, RIVR Media launched Nest Features, a company dedicated to producing feature-length films in the American South, explains Haslam. Based in Knoxville, Tenn., Nest Features is the first production company of its kind in Knoxville and is an outgrowth of Haslam’s and Ross Bagwell, Sr.’s entertainment businesses. Aiming to produce between two and four feature-length films over the next two years with a largely regional cast and crew, Nest Features’ first film, Something, Anything, was recently recognized by Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) as one of ten narrative features selected for its 2013 Independent Filmmaker Labs. Something, Anything, was written and directed by Sundance award-winning filmmaker Paul Harrill; Ashley Maynor serves as the producer of the film and was recognized by the Sundance Institute as a 2012-2013 Sheila C. Johnson Creative Producing Fellow.
Haslam explains that Nest Features’ second feature film, Up the River, is set to begin casting. The comedy follows Hank, a used-car salesman who struggles to support his ailing father whose dreams of becoming a country music star have never faded. Conceptualized by Bagwell, Sr., Up the River will be filmed locally in Knoxville, Tenn. with production beginning in the fall of 2013.
For more information on RIVR Media and all its production outfits including Nest Features, visit www.rivr.com.