On November 12ththe Film Forum, New York City’s leading independent movie center, hosted the premiere of Annabelle Attanasio’s debut feature film “Mickey and the Bear”, which followed a rooftop afterparty at the Mondrian Terrace, brought by Utopia and Swarovski.
Starring upcoming actress Camila Morrone as Mickey, and James Badge Dale as Hank, the film tells the story of an intense father- daughter relationship, where the parent- child roles have flipped. Hank is a widowed war veteran suffering from opioid addiction, whose welfare depends on his daughter’s care. Mickey must decide if she will give herself a chance at independence by leaving for college, or if she will stay to look after her sometimes violent father, in their home in rural Montana.
“This is a movie dealing with a young woman who’s at a crossroads in her life- does she go away to college, does she leave her father? He’s struggling with PTSD,” said Robert Schwartzman, Co-Founder of Utopia, the film’s distributor, “there are communities that are bubbling under this film that we want to tap into… we saw that connection between the subject, and the plot, and communities that exist that might like this movie.”
Utopia Distribution offers “filmmaker friendly” distribution and acquisition services by providing a roadmap for filmmakers, and incorporating filmmakers’ unique vision into the marketing and promotion of the film. The company acquired “Mickey and the Bear” after its debut screening at the 2019 South by Southwest Film Festival. “Annabelle had a real identity as a filmmaker and we want to be a company that celebrates filmmakers,” said Schwartzman.
Utopia celebrated the screening with a red carpet premiere party presented by Swarovski at the Mondrian Terrace in New York City. Other principal characters present at the event included Ben Rosenfield and Rebecca Henderson.
When asked about the film, Attanasio told The Knockturnal, “I would love for it to speak to as many people as possible, its been so amazing to tour around in the festival circuit and get to see its impact on communities small and large. So I hope we can continue to do that and, I also hope that it just takes on a life of its own, apart for me, because that’s what movies really should do.”
“Mickey and the Bear” is now playing at the Film Forum in New York City, and will be presented at The Landmark in Los Angeles on November 22nd. Check out the trailer.