Swanberg's UNEXPECTED Sold to Film Arcade

Swanberg's UNEXPECTED Sold to Film Arcade

Great news: The Film Arcade has acquired US rights to Chicago-made Sundance feature UNEXPECTED.

Kris Swanberg directed the film and co-wrote the screenplay with Megan Mercier. The film stars HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER actress Cobie Smulders alongside Atlanta newcomer Gail Bean. Executive producers include Chicagoan Peter Gilbert of HOOP DREAMS fame, University of Michigan hoops legend Chris Webber, Edwin Linker and Julian Peterson.

UNEXPECTED tells the story of the unlikely friendship between a pregnant teacher at an inner-city Chicago high school and her most promising student, who is expecting as well.

“UNEXPECTED was one of our favorite films at Sundance, where it was praised by both audiences and critics. Kris Swanberg is an incredibly talented film-maker and anyone who isn’t already in love with Cobie Smulders will be after seeing Kris’s film,” said The Film Arcade’s Andy Bohn.

Geoff Berkshire of Variety gave the film a strong review (here's the full write-up): “Small-scale and warmhearted in the best ways, this is an accomplished piece of work deserving special consideration in the indie marketplace.”

The distribution company is targeting a summer release, I'll keep you posted!

Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, www.midwestfilm.org. Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at www.findmac.com.