Vertical Entertainment Acquires Joey Ally’s Political Comedy ‘The Hater’ - Release Day March 18

Vertical Entertainment Acquires Joey Ally’s Political Comedy ‘The Hater’ – Release Day March 18

Bruce Dern, Meredith Hagner, Ian Harding, D’Angelo Lacy and Nora Dunn Co-star

Los Angeles, CA (February 18, 2022) — Vertical Entertainment has acquired North American and UK/IRE distribution rights to The Hater, a political comedy about a liberal environmentalist who loses her job on a U.S. Senate campaign and returns to her conservative Texas hometown to regroup. Upon learning her childhood nemesis is running for state legislature, she creates an elaborate scheme to go undercover as his opponent on the Republican ticket with the ultimate goal of forcing a Democratic victory. Vertical is planning a day-and-date release on March 18, 2022.

The Hater is written and directed by Joey Ally (UprootAre You Still Singing) who co-stars alongside Bruce Dern (NebraskaThe Hateful Eight), Meredith Hagner (Search PartyPalm Springs), D’Angelo Lacy (aka musical artist “Black Gatsby”), Ian Harding (Pretty Little LiarsFord v Ferrari), Ali Larter (The Last Victim, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter), and Nora Dunn (Together TogetherThe Lost Husband).

After a political protest goes wrong, Dorothy (Joey Ally), a liberal speechwriter on a U.S. Senate campaign, finds herself unemployed and living back in her conservative Texas hometown with her estranged grandfather (Bruce Dern). Dorothy soon learns that her childhood nemesis, Brent (Ian Harding), is running for office as the sole Republican candidate. Determined to thwart him at any cost, Dorothy creates an elaborate payback scheme with the help of an old frenemy turned campaign manager, Greta (Meredith Hagner): she’ll go undercover to run as his conservative opponent, win the nomination, and then employ a Texas loophole that would force a win for the Democratic candidate. Immersed in the campaign, Dorothy gets closer to victory, only to discover that good vs. evil isn’t necessarily as simple as left vs. right.

After a political protest goes wrong, Dorothy (Joey Ally), a liberal speechwriter on a U.S. Senate campaign, finds herself unemployed and living back in her conservative Texas hometown with her estranged grandfather (Bruce Dern). Dorothy soon learns that her childhood nemesis, Brent (Ian Harding), is running for office as the sole Republican candidate. Determined to thwart him at any cost, Dorothy creates an elaborate payback scheme with the help of an old frenemy turned campaign manager, Greta (Meredith Hagner): she’ll go undercover to run as his conservative opponent, win the nomination, and then employ a Texas loophole that would force a win for the Democratic candidate. Immersed in the campaign, Dorothy gets closer to victory, only to discover that good vs. evil isn’t necessarily as simple as left vs. right. “I’m forever indebted to my cast and the whole HATER family for bringing their tremendous talent, humor, and humanity to this story about a girl who just wants to stop the bullies and save the rainforest,” said writer, director and lead Joey Ally. “We are thrilled to launch Dorothy’s campaign with Vertical Entertainment, whose endorsement we are honored to receive.”

“Joey is a multi-hyphenate bringing her original story to life with the precise blend of comedy and political ethicality showcasing her talent on screen and behind the camera,” said Peter Jarowey, Partner at Vertical Entertainment. “We look forward to bringing her film, which so clearly embodies her passion for this project, to audiences this spring.”

The film’s producers are Tory Lenosky, Adrienne Childress, Daniel Crown, and Angeline J Sanfilippo. Executive producers are John Boccardo, Derek Esplin, Yoni Liebling, Angeline J Sanfilippo, Anthony M Sanfilippo, Tim O’Shea, Davud Karbassioun, Joey Ally, TJ Williams, Jr. and Thomas Benski. Josie Azzam is the film’s editor, TJ Williams, Jr is director of photography, the music is by Benajamin Jaffe, and production design is by Susannah Honey.

Peter Jarowey and Tony Piantedosi negotiated the deal on behalf of Vertical Entertainment, while WME negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers.

WHO

About Vertical Entertainment

Founded in 2012, Vertical Entertainment has become a leading global independent distributor releasing films across all mediums. Vertical's unique combination of full-service marketing and highly effective sales services provides collaborative solutions for filmmakers, as the company leverages creative and platform relationships to maximize revenue streams from all content providers.

Current and upcoming Vertical Entertainment releases include Lyle Mitchell Corbine, Jr.’s Wild Indian starring Michael Greyeyes and Chaske Spencer, receiving four 2022 Independent Spirit Award nominations including Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay, and Best Male Lead; Krystin Ver Linden’s Alice which premiered at Sundance 2022 and stars Keke Palmer, Common, Gaius Charles and Jonny Lee Miller; Phillip Noyce’s The Desperate Hour starring Naomi Watts; Castille Landon’s After We Fell, the third installment of the After series starring Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes Tiffin; and romantic comedy The Hating Game starring Lucy Hale and Austin Stowell.

Vertical’s past successes include Reinaldo Marcus Green’s Joe Bell starring Mark Wahlberg, Reid Miller and Connie Britton; Channing Godfrey Peoples’ Miss Juneteenth, starring Nicole Beharie in her Best Actress Gotham Independent Film Award-winning performance and four Independent Spirit Award nominations including Best Female Lead and Best First Feature, and NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture; Eytan Rockaway’s Lansky starring Harvey Keitel and Sam Worthington; the Toronto Film Festival Midnight Madness breakout Shadow in the Cloud, directed by Roseanne Liang and starring Chloe Grace Moretz; Robin’s Wish, the revelatory account of iconic comedian Robin Williams' final days, directed by Tylor Norwood; Tate Taylor's Ava with John Malkovich, Geena Davis, Joan Chen, Colin Farrell and Jessica Chastain; and John Pollono’s directorial debut Small Engine Repair starring Jon Bernthal, Shea Whigham, Jordana Spiro and Ciara Bravo. Chris Kelly’s Other People, with Molly Shannon in her Independent Spirit Award-winning performance is also among Vertical’s slate; and Babak Anvari’s BAFTA and British Independent Film Award-winning thriller Under the Shadow.

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