AN AMERICAN CRIME Debuting On Showtime!

Tommy O’Haver’s AN AMERICAN CRIME, starring Oscar nominee Ellen Page and Catherine Keener (and also based on the same case as Jack Ketchum’s THE GIRL NEXT DOOR) will make it’s debut on Showtime on May 10th, a year after it’s premiere at last year’s Sundance Film Festival. It will be followed by an official DVD release August 19th from First Look Media. The director had plenty to say about the film’s theatrical bypass on the PROnetworks blog. Read on…



"Many seem disappointed that there will be no theatrical release—this was certainly not the original plan, after all. We had a very complicated situation with First Look. There were offers from other companies, but First Look wouldn’t sell the movie to a theatrical venue—they felt it was in their financial interest to retain DVD rights at all costs. At the same time, they did not want to spend any money on a theatrical release—even with Ellen Page’s recent Academy Award nomination! Quite simply, they felt the film’s subject matter was too dark to appeal to anyone [though] we all know better."

"Anyway, thank God Showtime stepped in! They were willing to premiere the movie without taking the DVD rights. Ultimately, I think it will be the best thing for AN AMERICAN CRIME. First of all, Showtime is quickly becoming the edgiest channel on television—these days their programming, in my opinion, surpasses that of HBO. They certainly take more chances. And they are very passionate about the film. So it feels like the right fit. More importantly, Sylvia [Likens’] story will reach a far wider audience on Showtime—certainly more than if we had a typical indie theatrical release. With Showtime’s support, the movie’s premiere will become a real event."