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Filming wraps on Lazareth starring Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd in Berlin Station

Vertical, TPC and SSS Entertainment’s thriller Lazareth wrapped production on location in Oregon and begins post-production immediately. The film is the latest in a line of projects Vertical plans to bring to market in 2023 through their longstanding relationship with TPC. Vertical has taken North American distribution rights. The Syndicate will be repping sales for Vertical and SSS at Cannes this month.

Written and directed by Alec Tibaldi, the film stars Ashley Judd (She Said, Divergent franchise), Katie Douglas (Ginny & Georgia), Sarah Pidgeon (Tiny Beautiful Things, The Wilds), Asher Angel (Shazam!) and newcomer Edward Balaban.

Lazareth follows Lee (Judd) who protects her orphaned nieces, Imogen (Douglas) and Maeve (Pidgeon) from a self-destructing world and raises them in isolation until an outsider (Angel) arrives threatening their peaceful existence.

Lazareth is part of Vertical and TPC’s new sustainable corporate financing model geared toward long-term growth and a symmetry of art and commerce. The two companies debuted the financing strategy with Spencer Squire’s 2022 Abandoned. Vertical has previously worked with Shaun Sanghani’s SSS Entertainment on such releases as Gone in the Night (2022) starring Winona Ryder and Dermot Mulroney, and Last Survivors (2021) starring Alicia Silverstone, Drew Van Acker and Stephen Moyer.

The film is Produced by Robert Ogden Barnum and Eric Binns through The Barnum Picture Company, which has partnered with Vertical on such releases as Collide, starring Ryan Phillippe, Kat Graham, and Jim Gaffigan; Abandoned, starring Emma Roberts, John Gallagher Jr., and Michael Shannon; and The Tutor, starring Garrett Hedlund, Noah Schnapp and Victoria Justice, and the upcoming Kalahari, starring Phillippe and Emile Hirsch.

The film’s executive producers include Vertical’s Peter Jarowey, Rich Goldberg, and Kristin Harris, TPC’s David Gendron, Ali Jazayeri, Viviana Zarragoitia and John Bails, and The Syndicate’s Michael Lurie and Jeffrey Giles. Vertical’s Sammi Farber is associate producer.

“We are thrilled to be partnered with Vertical again on a fantastic production,” commented producer Barnum. “With Alec’s great script, direction and experience in this genre, coupled with the incomparable Ashley Judd leading the cast to bring his words to life, we fully expect audiences to embrace the film when it is released to market.”

Vertical’s Partner Jarowey stated, “Rob Barnum came to us early with Alec’s impressive script and we jumped at the chance to work together again on such an edge-of-your-seat thriller. We are incredibly proud of the progress of our partnerships thus far in creating a streamlined process for fully financing projects.”

Jarowey and SVP of Production & Development Kristin Harris negotiated the deal on behalf of Vertical, Michael Lurie and Jeffrey Giles negotiated on behalf of The Syndicate, and Barnum and Carissa Knol of Knol Law on behalf of the filmmakers.

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