IFC Midnight has acquired North American distribution rights to writer and director Jon Stevenson’s retro thriller Rent-A-Pal. The film is set for release in September.
Set in 1990, Rent-A-Pal focuses on a lonely man named David (Brian Landis Folkins) stuck in the daily cycle of caring for his ailing mother (Kathleen Brady). In an attempt to make a connection with someone, he tries a video dating service where he discovers a strange video tape called Rent-A-Pal hosted by charismatic, well-dressed Andy (Wil Wheaton).
Andy becomes a friend and confidante for David but that friendship comes at a price that he is desperate to pay.
The film is Stevenson’s directorial debut.
“It’s an honor to have my directorial debut released on IFC Midnight,” he said in a statement on Deadline. “Their history of high-quality genre entertainment has directly inspired my work. To now be a part of their rich film library is surreal. I look forward to working with their team in releasing Rent-A-Pal. This movie is near and dear to my heart and I’m truly excited for the world to see it. And for the world to see a very different side of Wil Wheaton.”
IFC Midnight is well-known for its catalog of some of the best in independent horror and it will be interesting to see just what it was about Rent-A-Pal that caught their eye.
Look for the film this September!