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Script Pipeline Contest Winner “Standoff” Premieres at TIFF, Releases January 2019

By October 3, 2018 No Comments

Henry Dunham’s The Standoff at Sparrow Creek releases January 2019, featuring the ensemble cast of James Badge Dale (Rubicon), Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker), Chris Mulkey (Whiplash), Happy Anderson (Mindhunter), Robert Armayo (Game of Thrones), and Gene Jones (The Hateful Eight). Dallas Sonnier, Jonathan Brownlee, and Amanda Presmyk producing. Dunham makes his feature directorial debut.

The film premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, where it was acquired by RLJ Entertainment. It made its West Coast premiere at Beyond Fest in Hollywood on October 3rd, 2018.

It’s due for a January 2019 release.

“Without the momentum my win gave me, I don’t know where my screenplay would be. I owe Script Pipeline for everything.”
– Henry Dunham (writer/director, The Standoff at Sparrow Creek)

Formerly titled Militia, the script was a unanimous pick amongst Script Pipeline staff for top honors. Both CEO Chad Clough and Senior Executive Matt Joseph Misetich pegged the screenplay as a fresh, relevant spin on the genre, and an “unquestionably strong calling card” for the up-and-coming Dunham.

“This film is nothing sort of a bold directorial debut,” said Misetich. “Has cult classic all over it. Meticulously designed scenes and a cast that’s nothing short of award-worthy. A real stunner–and one that we think changed very little from the draft that originally grabbed our attention.”

Henry was interviewed by Creative Screenwriting prior to the film’s debut at TIFF. Standoff has received overwhelmingly positive reviews from Slash Film, Birth.Movies.Death, and other top critics.

Read Henry’s Script Pipeline interview

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