James (James McAvoy) is a British agent under the cover of a water engineer, while Danny (Alicia Vikander) is a bio-mathematician working on a deep-sea diving project to explore the origin of life on our planet. On a chance encounter in a remote resort in Normandy where they both prepare for their respective missions, they fall rapidly, and unexpectedly, into each other's arms and a deliriously wild love affair develops, even though their jobs are destined to separate them. Danny sets off on a perilous quest to dive to the bottom of the ocean. James's assignment takes him to Somalia, where he is sucked into a geopolitical vortex that puts him in grave danger. Both characters are subject to different kinds of isolation as they pine for each other; their determination to reconnect becomes as much an existential journey as a love story.
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Romance
Directed By: Wim Wenders
Written By: Erin Dignam
In Theaters: Apr 13, 2018 Limited
On Disc/Streaming: Apr 13, 2018
Runtime: 112 minutes
The residents of a small, southern town are forever changed when the tattooed, sweet-talking stranger Josie (Sophie Turner) struts into town. Striking up relationships with a local young punk Marcus (Jack Kilmer) and her loner neighbor Hank (Dylan McDermott), she quickly becomes a hot topic of local gossip. But her true intentions for arriving in town are far more sinister when her dark past comes to light.
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Eric England
Written By: Anthony Ragnone II
In Theaters: Mar 16, 2018 Limited
On Disc/Streaming: Mar 16, 2018
Runtime: 87 minutes
Based on a true story, an idealistic young employee working at the UN investigates the grisly murder of his predecessor and uncovers a vast global conspiracy, that may even involve his own boss, in this gripping and timely thriller.
Rating: R (for language throughout, and some violence)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Per Fly
Written By: Per Fly, Daniel Pyne
In Theaters: Apr 27, 2018 Limited
On Disc/Streaming: Mar 22, 2018
Runtime: 108 minutes
An alcoholic drifter must battle withdrawal and psychotic rednecks after he becomes the target of a deranged sporting event.
Genre: Art House & International, Horror
Directed By: Louie Gibson, Joe Dietsch
Written By: Louie Gibson, Joe Dietsch
In Theaters: Sep 22, 2017 Limited
Runtime: 91 minutes
In the rugged countryside of Finland, a young thirteen-year-old (Onni Tommila) embarks on a traditional quest to prove himself by spending 24 hours alone in the wild, armed with only a bow and arrow. After witnessing a spectacular crash, he discovers the escape pod from Air Force One, containing the President of the United States (Samuel L. Jackson). When they realize a group of kidnappers is hot on their trail with the intention of taking the president, this unlikely duo must escape their hunters as they search for the American Special Forces team sent out to find them.
Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of intense action and violence, and some language)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By: Jalmari Helander
Written By: Jalmari Helander, Petri Jokiranta
A playwright comes undone while falling in love with her leading man in this psychological drama from director Jay Anania (Day on Fire, Shadows and Lies).
Josh Hamilton, Winona Ryder, and James Franco star.
Rating: R (for sexuality and language)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Jay Anania
Written By: Jay Anania
On Disc/Streaming: Sep 25, 2012
Runtime: 93 minutes
Genre: Drama, Suspense
Directed By: John Darko
Written By: Anthony Cincotta & John Darko
In Theaters: 2019
In the rural community of "Nowheresville" two brothers named Steve and Steve fight to protect themselves and their senile uncle from an apocalypse that never happened.
Creators: Anthony Cincotta, John Darko, John R. Leonetti
Horror, Thriller | TV Series
Kaden Mackenzy, a teenage girl with the ability to communicate with the dead, stumbles upon a secret that has been haunting the small town of Peabody, Massachusetts for ages. Kaden's gift suddenly becomes her curse as these interactions soon unfold a mystery of a historic and vicious nature.
Genre: Horror & Suspense
Written By: John Darko & Anthony Cincotta
A Nigerian native who emigrated to the United States at age 11, Alex Owumi's exploits on the basketball court earned him a college scholarship to Georgetown University. Undrafted by the NBA, Owumi pursued his basketball dream overseas, eventually signing with Al-Nasr of Libya, a state-run athletic club privately funded by the family of Libyan president Muammar Qaddafi.
Owumi's tenure with Al-Nasr was interrupted by the Libyan uprising and resulting civil war. Imprisoned in his Benghazi apartment for more than two weeks with no food, phone, Internet, or hope, Owumi wondered whether he would make it out of Libya alive. Despite his weakened condition and the dangers lurking in the city, he was able to escape Benghazi and flee the country. Smuggled to a refugee camp in Egypt, he was, much to his surprise, contacted by an Egyptian team seeking his services. And so, in a bizarre, storybook ending, Owumi finished the year by helping lead the team to an unlikely league championship, earning league MVP honors in the process.
Qaddafi's Point Guard is a book about hope and longing, conflict (cultural, political, and military), and ultimately, triumph—to overcome obstacles and survive against the most desperate odds.
James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander play separated lovers in Wim Wenders' romance, his most broadly accessible fiction film in ages. .... read more.
Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired U.S. rights to Wim Wenders' Submergence.
James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander star In the globe-trotting romance pic that follows two storylines that become intertwined. On the eastern coast of Africa, an Englishman named James Moore (McAvoy) is held captive by jihadist fighters... read more.
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“Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner is joining Dylan McDermott and Jack Kilmer in the independent drama “Huntsville.”
The project is based on a 2014 Black List script by Anthony Ragnone about a solitary man in a Florida town who develops a questionable relationship with a recently transplanted high school student.... read more.
Speakers at the conference include, chair of the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, Hamzat Ayodele Subair; CEO of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission; Yewande Sadiku; founder of Iroko TV, Jason Njoku; Alex Okosi of Viacom International Media Network; Jeff Kalligheri of Waterstone Entertainment and Kene Mkparu of Filnhouse Cinemas.... read more.
Sophie Turner, Dylan McDermott Starring in ‘Huntsville’
Osinbajo opens creative industry financing conference in Lagos
Josh Hutcherson and Ben Kingsley will star in the political thriller “Backstabbing for Beginners.”
Danish director Per Fly is helming the film which starts shooting in January.
Hutcherson will play an idealist who lands his dream job as a program coordinator for the U.N.’s Oil for Food program, who’s thrown into an already fraught post-war Iraq where government agents and power-hungry nations are circling the country’s oil reserves. Kingsley will portray his boss, a seasoned diplomat who is the one person that Hutcherson’s character can trust — only to discover that there may be a conspiracy at the highest level .... read more.
At the Toronto Film Festival in early September, the breadth of deep-pocketed financiers was on display, from Garmin heir Ken Kao's $50 million epic Hostiles to Ukraine-born billionaire Len Blavatnik's I, Tonya. .... read more.
Josh Hutcherson, Ben Kingsley Starring in ‘Backstabbing for Beginners’
Indie Film's Financial Paradox: More Backers But Less Box Office
Joe Dietsch and Louie Gibson’s low-budget thriller targets the disenfranchised underclass with deadly intent.... read more.
EXCLUSIVE: Jeff Kalligheri and Stephen Bowen’s Waterstone Entertainment are teaming up with Qatar-based Innovation Films to develop and produce film and television projects in Qatar and will kick off with The Greatest Salesman In The World.
The deal is believed to be the first between Hollywood and a Qatari production company and will see Waterstone will open an office in Doha, Qatar. Kalligheri, Bowen and John Darko will produce for Waterstone while Innovation Films head Ahmed Al Baker and his co-head of parent company Innovation Group Mohammad Al Hamadi and Mohammad Al Ibrahim will do so for Innovation Films. .... read more.
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Waterstone eyes Doha hub in deal with Qatari Innovation Film
‘The Conjuring’s’ John R. Leonetti Is Heading To Darko’s “Nowheresville”
Previously production prexy at Queen Nefertari Productions, Kalligheri partnered with Texas real estate magnate Stephen Bowen last March to launch production and financing company Waterstone.
He packaged and produced its first release, the psychological thriller “The Stare” starring James Franco and Winona Ryder, and set up a multi-project deal with Franco’s company Rabbit Bandini, with the second as-yet-untitled film starting this month. .... read more.
Jeff Kalligheri, CEO, Waterstone Entertainment
Dealmakers Impact Report 2011
John Darko, behind the upcoming adaptation of Zombies Ate My Neighbors, has developed and scripted “Nowheresville,” a new horror/thriller television series, with newcomer Anthony Cincotta.
And it seems like the show is off to a great start seeing that the person responsible for visualizing and framing the scares in recent hits The Conjuring and Insidious Chapter 2 is also behind the project. John R. Leonetti, who is more known for his extensive camera work, will be stepping onto the project as series’ director. It is also known that Darko and Leonetti will share directorial duties for the show’s pilot. .... read more.
James Franco, Winona Ryder Pic 'The Stare' Launches Waterstone Entertainment Label
EXCLUSIVE: James Franco will star with Winona Ryder in The Stare, a Jay Anania-directed film that is the first project funded by Waterstone Entertainment, a new producing/financing company formed by producer Jeff Kalligheri and Texas real estate developer and producer Steve Bowen. .... read more.
Waterstone Entertainment, which was founded in 2010, is an independently owned and operated motion-picture company that develops produces, finances and distributes high quality, entertaining and profitable film, television and digital entertainment projects.
We pride ourselves on working with cutting edge filmmakers, to tell unique stories with global reach. It's also our goal to find and tell stories that are diverse and inclusive of people from many different backgrounds, both in front of, and behind the camera.
Our select projects include, “THE LETTER” a psychological thriller starring Academy Award nominated actors James Franco and Wynona Ryder which was acquired by Lionsgate, "BIG GAME", Altitude Produced Action Adventure, Starring Samuel L Jackson, which was Acquired by Europacorp / Relativity at TIFF 2014 and was the second highest sale at the festival, "BACKSTABBING FOR BEGINNERS" Starring Theo James and Academy Award winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley with the script written by Daniel Pyne and Directed by Per Fly which was acquired by A24, "HAPPY HUNTING” which was the directorial debut of Louie Gibson and Joe Dietsch and the SCREAMFEST 2016 Best Cinematography winner acquired by Vertical Entertainment/ Netflix, "SUBMERGENCE" Starring Academy Award winning actor Alicia Vikander and James McAvoy scripted by Erin Dignam and directed by multi Academy Award Nominated Director Wim Wenders which premiered opening weekend at TIFF 2017 and was acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films / Sony & “JOSIE" Starring Sophie Turner and Dylan McDermott, with the 2014 blacklist script written by Anthony Ragnone and Directed by Eric England which was the opening night film and Best Genre Film, Best Actress and Best Screenplay winner at the 2018 Mammoth Film Festival.
Waterstone Television has multiple scripted and unscripted concepts in different phases of development and is overseen by Jeff Kalligheri and Steven Garcia. Steven Garcia is a successful unscripted executive and producer with credits including SHARK TANK (ABC), THE PITCH(AMC), BE THE BOSS(A&E), THE FRINGE(NATGEO), HITCHED OR DITCHED(CW) and many other unscripted series as a Showrunner, Producer/Director, Supervising Producer and/or Senior Field Producer.
Waterstone's development titles are rich and varied with updated titles on our projects page and including the #1 best selling self-help book of all time “THE GREATEST SALESMAN IN THE WORLD” producing with Dave Blanchard, CEO of The Og Group, Inc. and many more.
Waterstone also formed a ground breaking partnership with N.A.S.A, JPL and SciArt Exchange to help raise their profile and awareness for current and future projects in Hollywood. Waterstone was one of the title sponsors for the humans in space art challenge in which the winning film was shot up to space and premiered on the International Space station. This was believed to be the first official movie premier in space. http://www.lpi.usra.edu/humansinspaceart/challenge/
Waterstone Entertainment is represented by the Gersh agency.
We not only develop in house but have the ability to fully produce and finance both TV and Film projects of any size that we see fit.
We aim to acquire 3-5 feature films per year to distribute Theatrically, TV, VOD, DVD and DIGITALLY via existing output deals already in place.
We also consult with local and foreign governments as well as private companies in all area’s of the Entertainment Industry to increase Entertainment based revenues or activate entertainment based initiatives.
Every good film or television project starts with a great script. We work with select talented writers from development through financing, production and sale of their project. With the ability to finance and produce projects in house for our clients, we have a unique edge that is hard to compete with in the industry.
Jeff Kalligheri is an Entrepreneur and TV / Film Producer who specializes in Film Finance and Sales, Distribution, Packaging, Investor relations, Branding, as well as physical production. He partnered with Texas Real Estate Developer and Film Financier Stephen Bowen to Launch Waterstone Entertainment, LLC in 2011, a full service television and film development, production, finance and distribution company based in Beverly Hills, Ca and represented by Jay Cohen, a partner at The Gersh Agency in Los Angeles. Waterstone Entertainment’s projects include, “THE LETTER” a psychological thriller starring Oscar nominated actors James Franco and Wynona Ryde which was acquired by Lionsgate, "BIG GAME", Altitude Produced Action Adventure, Starring Samuel L Jackson, which was Acquired by Europacorp / Relativity at TIFF 2014 and was the second highest sale at the festival, "BACKSTABBING FOR BEGINNERS" Starring Theo James and Oscar winner Sir Ben Kingsley with the script written by Daniel Pyne and Directed by Per Fly which was acquired by A24, "HAPPY HUNTING” which was the directorial debut of Louie Gibson and Joe Dietsch and the SCREAMFEST 2016 Best Cinematography winner, acquired by Vertical Entertainment/ Netflix, "SUBMERGENCE" Starring Oscar winner Alicia Vikander and James McAvoy scripted by Erin Dignam and directed by multi Oscar Nominated Director Wim Wenders which premiered opening weekend at TIFF 2017 and was acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films / Sony & “JOSIE" Starring Sophie Turner and Dylan McDermott, with the 2014 blacklist script written by Anthony Ragnone and Directed by Eric England which was the opening night film and Best Genre Film, Best Actress and Best Screenplay winner at the 2018 Mammoth Film Festival, which was acquired by Screen Media Films.
Waterstone's development titles include the #1 best selling self-help book of all time “THE GREATEST SALESMAN IN THE WORLD” producing with Dave Blanchard, CEO of The Og Group, Inc and many additional titles. Waterstone partnered with N.A.S.A to help raise their profile and awareness for current and future projects in Hollywood.
In December 2011, Jeff was named one of the top Dealmakers in Hollywood by Variety Magazine and is believed to hold the distinction of being the youngest person to receive this honor. In 2009 he was named the top Producer in hollywood under 30 by 944 Magazine.
Prior to Waterstone Entertainment, Jeff launched and was the President of Production at Queen Nefertari Productions, A feature film production and finance company with well known philanthropist and investor Cynthia Stafford & Producer Lanre Idewu. Mr. Kalligheri was charged with ramping up the company’s feature film slate as well as financing and/or co-financing 3 to 6 motion pictures per year, expanding their brand awareness and recognition as well as mitigating risk in their investments. Within two years, he brought the company from an unknown to one of "The Top Five Companies to Know" In Hollywood by The Hollywood Reporter (September 23, 2010)
Mr. Kalligheri also owned and operated Dolce Vita Productions, a full service television, film and digital production company, specializing in every phase of enter- tainment production as well as consulting and funding, and maintained offices in Boston and Los Angeles. Mr. Kalligheri launched Dolce Vita in August 1999 and in ten years grew the company into an entertainment powerhouse, consulting on such hit feature films as Warner Bros.’ Academy Award® winning film The Departed, Walt Disney’s The Game Plan, as well as television shows including ABC’s The Bachelor, & Food Network’s Dinner Impossible.
During his tenure with Dolce Vita, Mr. Kalligheri developed and produced a number of television and film projects in Massachusetts, while spearheading an initiative to spike the number of entertainment productions in the state, and advocating for tax incentives in the region to attract Hollywood business. Jeff lured hundreds of millions of dollars in entertainment investments and projects to his home state despite the many challenges he initially faced. He played a major role in turning New England into the biggest entertainment center on the east coast and a hub for Hollywood productions despite its long winters and it being 3000 miles away from Los Angeles.
Prior to Dolce Vita, during the 1990's, Mr. Kalligheri served as the President of Backflip Online Entertainment (Backflip.com), a successful online entertainment venture he launched while in high school and subsequently sold to two former founding Executives of Netscape with dreams of rivaling Yahoo! as the Premier Internet Search Engine at the time!
Mr. Kalligheri is actively involved in a number of philanthropic causes. Mr Kalligheri is also a frequent guest speaker at the International TV and Film Finance Summit held twice a year in New York City and Los Angeles, The Winston Baker/Variety Film Finance Series, multiple film festivals, government sponsored entertainment panels, & has also been invited as a guest lecturer at the world renowned Emerson College in Boston & UCLA in Los Angeles for their Graduate and Undergraduate Film programs.
Stephen Bowen is the Chairman and co-founder of Waterstone Entertainment LLC, a production and financing company. In 2011 Bowen launched Waterstone Entertainment with producer Jeff Kalligheri with the goal to create high quality entertainment content for global audiences. Bowen is one of the most successful real estate executives in the country. His real estate holding companies have been responsible for thousands of high-end residential home sites and commercial real estate properties in Texas. Bowen’s entrepreneurial instincts have guided him in identifying key investment opportunities in real estate and the entertainment industry.
Represented by Gersh, Bowen has had his hand in a slew of high profile projects at Waterstone Entertainment including THE LETTER a psychological thriller starring James Franco and Wynona Ryder which was acquired by Lionsgate, BIG GAME, Altitude Produced Action Adventure, Starring Samuel L Jackson, which was Acquired by Europacorp / Relativity at TIFF 2014 and was the second highest sale at the festival, as well as THE GREATEST SALESMAN IN THE WORLD, a film adaptation of Og Mandino’s #1 best selling self-help book, and many others.
Prior to launching Waterstone Entertainment, Bowen’s first investments in Hollywood included many smaller sized independent films including, “The Man Who Came Back” starring Billy Zane, Armand Assante and Eric Braeden and “Mexican Gold” starring Lorenzo Lamas. Both films were subsequently distributed by Lionsgate.
In the real estate business, Bowen is Chairman and CEO of The Bowen Group LLC, a privately held group with subsidiary companies responsible for the development of over $1 billion worth of property values in Texas. On the residential front, Bowen is the go-to developer for high-end, gated waterfront communities and neighborhoods in Texas. He is a waterfront acreage developer known for high quality projects built with meticulous attention to detail. Bowen has been actively marketing, selling and developing the Lake Conroe and Montgomery areas in Texas for over 25 years. In the commercial sector, Bowen has developed over 60 commercial properties, including multi-million dollar commercial buildings and storage facilities. Bowen has been involved in major land development projects throughout Texas and is the largest developer on Lake Conroe Parkway.
In 2011, Bowen founded the Children’s S.T.A.R.T Foundation (Starting Today Always Rewards Tomorrow), an organization dedicated to tackling childhood obesity by creating programs for the health and wellbeing of young children.
Bowen grew up in a small town in Northeast Texas. He earned a football scholarship to Oklahoma State University and graduated with honors in 1978 with a BA degree in Business. He began his Real Estate career in 1979 in Texas.
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