Freestyle Digital Media acquires DePaul-made film


Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group, has revealed the release dates for DePaul filmmaker Linh Tran’s debut feature film, Waiting for the Light to Change.

The movie, which won the ‘Grand Jury Prize’ for ‘Best Narrative Feature’ at the 2023 Slamdance Film Festival, will make its theatrical debut in New York on September 15, 2023, followed by a Chicago premiere on September 22, 2023.

North American DVD and VOD platforms will release the film on October 20, 2023, through Freestyle Digital Media.

Waiting for the Light to Change is the first acquisition under Freestyle Digital Media’s first-look agreement with DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts and its Indie Studio Initiative, dedicated to producing DePaul student feature films.

The film unfolds during a week-long beachside getaway at a lake house in Michigan, where five twenty-somethings gather for a small vacation. As the days pass in the lakeside town, they confront the challenges and uncertainties of early adulthood, from career aspirations and past regrets to the looming future. Watch the trailer below:

Before its digital release on October 20, 2023, the film will have a limited week-long theatrical run in Chicago at the Gene Siskel Film Center from September 22 to 28, 2023. Q&A sessions with director/writer Linh Tran, actress Jin Park, producer Jewells Santos, and executive producer James Choi will follow select screenings.

Waiting for the Light to Change was directed by Linh Tran and co-written by Linh Tran, Jewells Santos, and Delia Van Praag. The film’s producers include Jake Rotger, Jewells Santos, and Sam Straley, with James Choi serving as executive producer.

The cast features Sam Straley as ‘Jay,’ known for his roles in Hulu’s The Dropout and ABC’s The Kids Are Alright, along with Eric Barrientos (‘Alex’), Qun Chi (‘Lin’), Joyce Ha (‘Kim’), and Jin Park (‘Amy’).

Tickets for the Chicago screenings can be purchased on the Gene Siskel Film Center website here.

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