EXCLUSIVE: MTV Studios has acquired the worldwide rights to Stampede Ventures’ coming-of-age film Pink Skies Ahead from writer/director Kelly Oxford. The film will make its worldwide premiere at the AFI Film Festival tomorrow.
Set in Los Angeles in 1998, the film follows Winona, who after dropping out of college and moving back home to live with her parents, is diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Skeptical of her doctor’s opinion — she hasn’t had a panic attack after all — Winona carries on with her wild lifestyle. Only when things begin to truly unravel around her, does she reluctantly decide to see a therapist and face her truths.
The film stars Jessica Barden, Mary J. Blige, Marcia Gay Harden, Michael McKean, Lewis Pullman, Devon Bostick , Evan Ross Cameron, Rosa Salazar, Odeya Rush and Henry Winkler .
“I’m thrilled my directorial debut found a great home at MTV Studios,” said Oxford. “One out of five people experience mental illness and we need to portray this in a real way for those who live with it directly or indirectly. I’m excited to finally share Winona with the world.”
The film is produced by Greg Silverman of Stampede Ventures, Lisa Zambri, as well as Greg Gilreath and Adam Hendricks of Divide/Conquer and in association with Foton Pictures and Glanzrock Productions. Executive producers are Gideon Yu and Chris Bosco of Stampede Ventures, Zac Locke of Divide/Conquer, Carlos Cuscó and Emerson Machtus of Foton.Pictures, and Andrew Davies Gans of Glanzrock Productions.
The deal was negotiated by Meghan Hooper and Jodi Carmichael on behalf of MTV Studios with Chris Bosco and Anna Pinar of Stampede Ventures, Endeavor Content, and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.