XYZ Films

XYZ Films is an American film production and sales company founded in 2008 by Aram Tertzakian, Nate Bolotin and Nick Spicer,[1][2] and is based in Los Angeles. It focuses on international genre films, including The Raid: Redemption, The Raid 2 and On the Job.

XYZ Films
TypePrivate
IndustryFilm
Founded2008; 13 years ago (2008) in Los Angeles, California, United States
Founders
  • Aram Tertzakian
  • Nate Bolotin
  • Nick Spicer
Headquarters
Los Angeles, California
,
United States
ServicesFilm production, sales and distribution
Websitexyzfilms.com

According to an article from Variety, XYZ Films has licensed more than 200 films since 2009.[3] It has produced a handful of Netflix original films, including Apostle (2018), The Night Comes For Us (2015), and I Don't Feel at Home in this World Anymore (2017), among others.

HistoryEdit

XYZ Films was founded by Aram Tertzakian, Nate Bolotin, and Nick Spicer, who met at the University of California, Los Angeles.[2] All had worked previously in the industry. Todd Brown, editor-in-chief of film website Twitch Film, joined after they invested there.[4] Early deals included one with Time Inc. that did not produce any projects but raised their profile. Believing the market in the US to be too small, they invested in international genre films.

The Raid: Redemption, an Indonesian action film that was produced on a budget of around $1 million, grossed over $14 million worldwide.[5] They partnered with French film distributor Celluloid Dreams in 2010,[4] and, in 2013, they expanded beyond North American sales into international sales.[6] XYZ limits budgets to keep costs down, then markets films to genre fans based on its reputation.[7] XYZ said they focus on commercial films that still take risks.[8] In 2015, they partnered with distributor Abbolita Films.[9]

In October 2017, XYZ Films founders Aram Tertzakian, Nate Bolotin and Nick Spicer were listed in Variety's New Leaders in Film featured profile.[3] Their 2017 film I Don't Feel at Home in this World Anymore was awarded the Grand Jury Prize in Drama at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.[10]

Selected filmographyEdit

Motion Pictures by XYZ Films, listed by theatrical release date
Year Film Director Release date
2011 Greetings to the Devil[4] Juan Felipe Orozco August 12, 2011
2012 The Raid[4] Gareth Evans March 23, 2012
Errors of the Human Body Eron Sheean July 28, 2012
Save the Date Michael Mohan November 8, 2012
2013 The Rambler Calvin Reeder January 21, 2013
Frankenstein's Army[4] Richard Raaphorst July 26, 2013
Big Bad Wolves[11] Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado August 15, 2013
On the Job[4] Erik Matti September 27, 2013
The Dirties[12] Matt Johnson October 4, 2013
Avenged Michael S. Ojeda October 15, 2013
Wolf[13] Jim Taihattu December 19, 2013
2014 Killers[14] Mo Brothers February 1, 2014
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead[7] Tommy Wirkola February 12, 2014
Parts per Billion Brian Horiuchi March 25, 2014
The Raid 2[8] Gareth Evans March 28, 2014
Stage Fright Jerome Sable May 9, 2014
These Final Hours[8] Zak Hilditch July 31, 2014
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films Mark Hartley August 2, 2014
Life After Beth[15] Jeff Baena August 15, 2014
Out of the Dark Lluís Quílez August 27, 2014
Redeemer Ernesto Díaz Espinoza September 2014
At the Devil's Door Nicholas McCarthy September 12, 2014
Tusk[8] Kevin Smith September 19, 2014
The Dead Lands[9] Toa Fraser October 30, 2014
2015 Preservation[8] Christopher Denham January 9, 2015
Spring[16] Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead March 20, 2015
Stung Benni Diez July 3, 2015
2016 Baskin Can Evrenol January 1, 2016
The Invitation[17] Karyn Kusama April 8, 2016
Holidays[18] Various directors April 22, 2016
Mercy Chris Sparling June 4, 2016
Yoga Hosers Kevin Smith September 2, 2016
Operation Avalanche[19] Matt Johnson September 16, 2016
ARQ[20] Tony Elliott September 16, 2016
Under the Shadow[21] Babak Anvari September 30, 2016
The Oath[22] Baltasar Kormákur September 6, 2016
Headshot[23] Mo Brothers December 8, 2016
2017 iBoy[24] Adam Randall January 27, 2017
XX[25] Various directors February 17, 2017
I Don't Feel at Home in this World Anymore[26] Macon Blair February 24, 2017
The Void[27] Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie March 21, 2017
Pilgrimage[9] Brendan Muldowney April 23, 2017
Kuso Steven Ellison July 21, 2017
Bushwick Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion August 25, 2017
Brawl in Cell Block 99 S. Craig Zahler October 6, 2017
6 Days[28] Toa Fraser November 3, 2017
2018 Mom and Dad[29] Brian Taylor January 19, 2018
I Kill Giants Anders Walter March 23, 2018
The Cleanse Bobby Miller May 4, 2018
BuyBust[30] Erik Matti August 1, 2018
Mandy[31] Panos Cosmatos September 14, 2018
Apostle[32] Gareth Evans October 12, 2018
The Night Comes For Us[33] Timo Tjahjanto October 19, 2018
Anna and the Apocalypse[34] John McPhail November 30, 2018
2019 The Standoff at Sparrow Creek[35] Henry Dunham January 18, 2019
Arctic[36] Joe Penna February 1, 2019
The Prodigy[37] Nicholas McCarthy February 8, 2019
Framing John DeLorean[38] Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce June 7, 2019
Code 8[39] Jeff Chan December 13, 2019
2020 Color Out of Space[40] Richard Stanley January 24, 2020
Vivarium[41] Lorcan Finnegan March 27, 2020
Cut Throat City[42] RZA July 31, 2020
The Owners[43] Julian Berg September 4, 2020
Upcoming
2021 Prisoners of the Ghostland[44] Sion Sono January 31, 2021
Jallikattu[45][46][47] Lijo Jose Pellissery January 2021
TBA Stowaway[48][49] Joe Penna
Dual[50] Riley Stearns

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Company – XYZ Films". xyzfilms.com. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  2. ^ a b "XYZ Films Co-Founders Talk Benefits of Netflix, Ignorance and Nontraditional Hires (Q&A)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  3. ^ a b "Hollywood's New Leaders in Film". Variety. 2017-10-19. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Lodderhose, Diana (2011-11-05). "XYZ Films spreads beyond L.A." Variety. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  5. ^ Longwell, Todd (2012-10-05). "XYZ Films: Quartet hits it big with overseas 'Raid'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  6. ^ McNary, Dave (2013-02-11). "XYZ Films forms int'l sales division". Variety. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  7. ^ a b Hopewell, John; Keslassy, Elsa (2014-01-31). "XYZ Films Boards 'Party Animal' from Cult Norwegian Helmer Patrik Syversen (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  8. ^ a b c d e Sandwell, Ian (2014-05-18). "Genre bares its teeth". Screen Daily. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  9. ^ a b c McNary, Dave (2015-05-06). "CANNES: Abbolita, XYZ Films Teaming on Distribution". Variety. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  10. ^ "2017 Sundance Film Festival", Wikipedia, 2019-02-01, retrieved 2019-02-05
  11. ^ "Big Bad Wolves – XYZ Films". xyzfilms.com. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  12. ^ "The Dirties – XYZ Films". xyzfilms.com. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  13. ^ "Wolf – XYZ Films". xyzfilms.com. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  14. ^ "Killers – XYZ Films". xyzfilms.com. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  15. ^ "Life After Beth – XYZ Films". xyzfilms.com. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  16. ^ "Spring – XYZ Films". xyzfilms.com. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  17. ^ Yamato, Jen (2014-07-14). "Karyn Kusama's 'The Invitation' The Next Gamechanger Pic". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  18. ^ "Holidays – XYZ Films". xyzfilms.com. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  19. ^ "Operation Avalanche – XYZ Films". xyzfilms.com. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  20. ^ "ARQ – XYZ Films". xyzfilms.com. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  21. ^ "Under The Shadow – XYZ Films". xyzfilms.com. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  22. ^ "The Oath – XYZ Films". xyzfilms.com. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  23. ^ "Headshot – XYZ Films". xyzfilms.com. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  24. ^ "iBoy – XYZ Films". xyzfilms.com. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  25. ^ "XX – XYZ Films". xyzfilms.com. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  26. ^ "I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore – XYZ Films". xyzfilms.com. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  27. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (October 27, 2015). "AFM: Salt, XYZ enter horror 'The Void'". Screen Daily. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  28. ^ "6 Days – XYZ Films". xyzfilms.com. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  29. ^ "Mom and Dad – XYZ Films". xyzfilms.com. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  30. ^ "U.S.-bound 'BuyBust' gears up for international release, moves PH playdate". Interaksyon. 2018-02-24. Retrieved 2018-06-13.
  31. ^ "Mandy – XYZ Films". xyzfilms.com. Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  32. ^ "Apostle – XYZ Films". xyzfilms.com. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  33. ^ "The Night Comes for Us – XYZ Films". xyzfilms.com. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  34. ^ "Anna and the Apocalypse – XYZ Films". xyzfilms.com. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  35. ^ "THE STANDOFF AT SPARROW CREEK – XYZ Films". xyzfilms.com. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  36. ^ "Arctic – XYZ Films". xyzfilms.com. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  37. ^ "The Prodigy – XYZ Films". xyzfilms.com. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  38. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (2017-09-12). "Alec Baldwin To Play John DeLorean In Scripted Scenes For Docu About Famous Automaker". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  39. ^ "Code 8 – XYZ Films". xyzfilms.com. Retrieved 2020-01-03.
  40. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (2019-02-01). "XYZ Boards Nicolas Cage H.P. Lovecraft Horror 'Color Out Of Space' For 'Mandy' Producer SpectreVision — EFM". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  41. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (May 2, 2018). "'Vivarium': Imogen Poots, Jesse Eisenberg Enter Sci-Fi Thriller; XYZ Selling – Cannes". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  42. ^ "Cut Throat City – XYZ Films". xyzfilms.com. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  43. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (April 23, 2020). "Maisie Williams Thriller 'The Owners' Lands At RLJE Films". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  44. ^ "Prisoners of the Ghostland". Sundance Film Festival. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  45. ^ "'കണ്ണുകളെയും കാതുകളെയും വിശ്വസിക്കാനാകാത്ത അനുഭവം', ജല്ലിക്കട്ട് അമേരിക്കന്‍ വിതരണാവകാശം XYZ ഫിലിംസിന്". The Cue. Retrieved 2020-12-17.
  46. ^ "Jallikattu to be released in North America". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2020-12-17.
  47. ^ Stanger, Joseph. "XYZ Films Acquires North American Rights to India's Oscar Entry About a Rampaging Bull, 'Jallikattu' -". mxdwn Movies. Retrieved 2020-12-17.
  48. ^ ‘Stowaway’: Daniel Dae Kim Boards Joe Penna-Directed Thriller – Cannes
  49. ^ XYZ Films Nabs German Funds for Anna Kendrick-Toni Colette Thriller
  50. ^ Karen Gillan, Aaron Paul, Jesse Eisenberg Set For Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Dual’

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