IFC Acquires Mel Eslyn's Directorial Debut BIOSPHERE w/ Mark Duplass & Sterling K. Brown

By Tammy Reese



IFC FILMS ACQUIRES TIFF PREMIERE BIOSPHERE, THE SCI-FI DEBUT FEATURE FROM AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER MEL ESLYN (THE ONE I LOVE) STARRING MARK DUPLASS AND STERLING K. BROWN


IFC Films has announced that they are acquiring North American rights to BIOSPHERE, the playful sci-fi debut feature from award-winning producer Mel Eslyn (The One I Love) and starring Mark Duplass and Sterling K. Brown. Set in the not-too-distant future, Duplass and Brown play the last two men on earth who must adapt and evolve to save humanity.


The film was produced by Eslyn, artist/filmmaker Zackary Drucker — who previously co-directed the Duplass Brothers-produced docuseries “The Lady and the Dale” — and Duplass Brothers Productions’ Shuli Harel and Maddie Buis. Mark and Jay Duplass Executive Produced.



BIOSPHERE premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September to a strong audience response and enthusiastic reviews, with The Hollywood Reporter calling it “mysterious and hilarious” and The Playlist writing “Duplass and Brown [exude] the give-and-take rhythms of years spent together,” while “Eslyn and Duplass’ script unpeels its premise so slowly, carefully, and effectively.” IFC Films will release BIOSPHERE in 2023 with streaming to follow exclusively on AMC+.


Arianna Bocco, President of IFC Films, said, “We are thrilled to work with producer Mel Eslyn again to bring her extraordinary feature directing debut out into the world and could not be more excited to work with her partners, Mark and Jay Duplass. Mark and Jay are exactly the kind of partners you dream of working with in this business as they are committed to supporting new talent and original projects. BIOSPHERE is a prime example of this creative team and their ability to brilliantly push the envelope, and with Mark opposite the talented Sterling K. Brown, the film is guaranteed to steal hearts.”

“I’ve had such a long history with IFC as a producer,” said Eslyn. “I’m so excited to get to partner with them on my feature directorial debut; it feels like coming home.”


As a producer, Eslyn has been behind notable films including the 2014 Sundance hit The One I Love, Clea DuVall’s debut The Intervention, Lynn Shelton’s Outside In, Natalie Morales’ Language Lessons, and Roshan Sethi’s award-winning 7 Days. In 2016, Eslyn took home the Independent Spirit Producer’s Award. On the smaller screen, her television producing credits include HBO’s “Room 104” on which she also frequently wrote and directed. Most recently she produced the breakout HBO comedy “Somebody Somewhere” as well as Sam Jones’ latest documentary Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off.


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IFC Films recently released the Duplass Brothers-produced Spin Me Round, directed by Jeff Baena. The company has a long history with Mark Duplass, most notably having released the late Lynn Shelton’s beloved film Your Sister’s Sister starring Duplass, Emily Blunt, and Rosemarie DeWitt.


The deal for the film was negotiated by IFC Films’ SVP of Acquisitions and Production Scott Shooman with CAA Media Finance on behalf of the filmmakers.


ABOUT IFC FILMS

Established in 2000 and based in New York City, IFC Films is a leading U.S. distributor of independent film. Its unique distribution model makes independent films available to a national audience by releasing them in theaters as well as on cable’s Video On Demand (VOD) and digital platforms.


Upcoming releases include Cannes Un Certain Regard award-winner, CORSAGE, directed by Marie Kreutzer and starring Vicky Krieps (BERGMAN ISLAND, PHANTOM THREAD). Some of the company’s successes over the years have included BOYHOOD, THE DEATH OF STALIN, FRANCES HA, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN, THE BABADOOK, TOUCHING THE VOID, 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS, CHE, SUMMER HOURS, ANTICHRIST, IN THE LOOP, JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK, TINY FURNITURE, and CARLOS. IFC Films has worked with established and breakout filmmakers, including Steven Soderbergh, Gus Van Sant, Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Miranda July, Lars Von Trier, Gaspar Noé, Todd Solondz, Cristian Mungiu, Susanne Bier, Olivier Assayas, Jim McKay, Larry Fessenden, Paul Dano, Gregg Araki, Jacques Rivette, Claude Chabrol, Abdellatif Kechiche, Kore-eda Hirokazu, Abbas Kiarostami, Alfonso Cuaron, Noah Baumbach, Lena Dunham, Ethan Hawke and many more. IFC Films is a sister label to IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.


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TAMMY REESE


Tammy Reese began her career as a theater actress performing in 60 live stage shows a year with The Media Unit TV and Stage Production Company. She also directed the weekly live TV show Rough Times Live.


Eventually, she went to Empire State College to obtain her degree in media studies. After graduation, she did more theater and wrote and produced her own videos to spread awareness on social issues through the arts.


Tammy is an award-winning journalist and is best known for her legendary interviews with Sigourney Weaver, Meagan Good, Laurence Fishburne, Mona Scott- Young, B. Scott, Jackie Long, Omar Epps, Joseph Sikora, Tonya Pinkins, Carmen Electra, Giancarlo Esposito, Leon, Patina Miller, Nelly, RL, Neyo, Bobby V, Geena Davis, Michael James Shaw, Syleena Johnson, Courtney Kemp, Keith Robinson, Janet Hubert, Tom Arnold, Donell Jones, Slim and Mike of 112, Michole Briana White, Matt Cedeño, Raven Goodwin, Amber Riley, Serayah, Ginuwine and many more.


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