The Badger Game, the award-winning indie thriller which has wowed festival audiences nationwide, will be the first theatrical and Digital VOD release under a new partnership between Badger Films, LLC and the newly formed digital distribution company Stadium Media. The Badger Game will have exclusive theatrical engagements in key U.S. cities nationwide in advance of the May 5th Digital VOD premiere on major digital platforms. A special edition Blu-ray™ and DVD release from Severin Films is planned for later this year.
The announcement was made by the film’s co-producer Thomas Zambeck and Stadium Media Founder/CEO Mitch Mallon. The acquisition deal was brokered by Susan Procko.
“We’re thrilled to be partnered with Stadium Media for the distribution of our film,” noted Zambeck. “As one of their first acquisitions, we hope this release signals a new era in how independent films can find their audience.
“Stadium Media was founded with the goal of giving independent filmmakers a level playing field for the digital distribution of their product,” remarked Mallon. “The Badger Game is a smart and inventive thriller that will keep audiences guessing until the last fade-out.”
Written and directed by Zambeck and Joshua Wagner (Mimesis), The Badger Game is a twisted tale about infidelity and extortion, taking viewers on a harrowing journey, galvanized by wicked humor, violence, lust, suspense, and unprecedented levels of cynicism.
Liam (Sam Boxleitner) is a successful advertising executive with money to burn and a healthy appetite for infidelity. Alex (Augie Duke) is his scorned mistress, hell-bent on revenge against the married man who wronged her. At first, the plan seemed simple: take Liam hostage and threaten to expose his indiscretion, lest he pay a healthy sum of money. But Alex knows she can’t do it alone.
Enter her unhinged brother, Kip (Patrick Cronen); exotic dancer Jane (Sasha Higgins); and desperate wallflower Shelly (Jillian Leigh). With the table set and the team in place, Liam soon finds himself held against his will – his perfect world about to crumble. Forced to reckon with four mysterious captors and impossible odds, his only hope is to turn the quartet against each other and make it through the night alive.
The Badger Game has impressed festival audiences across the country. Named an official selection at the 2014 Arizona Underground Film Festival and the Twisted Celluloid Film Festival, the film won Best Drama honors at the 2014 Laughlin International Film Festival as well as Best Thriller, Best Supporting Actress (Jillian Leigh), and “Most Cool” awards at the Pollygrind V Festival.
In addition to its festival credentials, The Badger Game boasts an impressive pedigree behind the camera, including editor Ethan Maniquis (Machete) and sound mixer Rick Ash (Pulp Fiction).