SIE Films Launches Artists Film Group

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Entertainment Investment Company Announces Two Initial Feature Films Slated for Production

Artists Film Group (AFG), a recently launched global film investment and entertainment company has announced today that it has acquired the science fiction thriller spec script “Back Home“ written by Anne Vithayathil with Drew Mylrea (“Spy Intervention”) attached to direct and Drew Van Acker (“Pretty Little Liars”, “Training Day”, “Lifelike”) set to star. The logline has not yet been made public, but the film is described as a contained science fiction mystery thriller with heavy visual effects components. The project is being fast tracked into production with plans to begin principal photography this Fall.

“Back Home” will be produced by Wes Hull (“Zone 414”, “Strive”), David Lugo (“Welcome Home”, “Sensational”), Robert Rippberger (“The Inventor”, “7 Days in Syria”), Sunil Perkash (“Premonition”, “Enchanted”, “Salt”) and Drew Van Acker.

"Back Home is a riveting thriller where the audience is always one step behind, guessing what will happen next. Director Mylrea's vision can best be described as if Hitchcock made a modern sci-fi thriller where the audience delights in the created tension," said producer Perkash. "We very much look forward to working with AFG to bring this unique mashup of sci fi and whodunit to the big scream in the very near future!"

AFG is also currently working on the feature film “Those Who Walk Away”, written and directed by Rippberger and starring Nils Allen “Booboo” Stewart Jr. (“Twilight”, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”) and his father Nils Allen Stewart. “Those Who Walk Away”, a high-concept horror film themed around male sexual assault, will begin filming next month.

Led by partners Wes Hull, Robert Rippberger, and David Lugo, Artist Film Group combines the talents of finance and entertainment industry experts to bring highly curated artistic visions to the screen. Backed by finance and entertainment executives, the company aims to develop and acquire and produce film and television projects, as well as to provide structured finance and debt financing to enable select artists to focus on what they do best…. Hull is a finance executive with over two and a half decades in the industry. Rippberger is an established director/producer with a broad array of creative and executive experience. With over ten years of experience in writing, directing and producing, David Lugo has developed a network that spans across the globe and connects the future leaders in the film industry.

Scribe Vithayathil and Robert Rippberger are both repped by manager Daniel Brandt at Plain-Text, Van Acker, is repped by ICM as well as by Luber/Roklin and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher, along with Mylrea and Perkash.
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