Beverly Ridge Pictures’ debut feature, the mob drama “Chicago Overcoat,” has its broadcast premiere Monday, Dec. 6 on the Showtime Network, with eight dates on Showtime channels throughout the month.
“We found out about Showtime’s interest this past summer following the Cannes Film Market but it took the fall to solidify the deal and announce the initial airing dates,” says producer and co-writer John Bosher.
“Chicago Overcoat’s” worldwide distributor/sales agent, Artist View Entertainment of Studio City, California, made the deal with Showtime.
The Showtime deal is for 18 months — only the December dates have been scheduled, but, Bosher says, “we anticipate additional rotations in upcoming months as well as some Showtime On-Demand exposure.”
The partners began developing the film shortly after graduating from Columbia College. Shot locally in 2007, “Overcoat” premiered last year at the Chicago International Film Festival and won several top awards at other festivals.
Brian Caunter directed a script he wrote with Bosher, Andrew Dowd and Josh Staman. DP Kevin Moss’s mother, Joanne Moss, is executive producer; she raised a substantial part of the $2 million budget. Associate producer Chris Charles did the casting.