The Hollywood Reporter -- Short Term 12, the breakout hit of this year's SXSW Film Festival, has been acquired for domestic and Latin American distribution by Cinedigm.
The film, written and directed by Destin Cretton and based on his 2008 Sundance short, stars Brie Larson as a dedicated young employee at a home for troubled youth, and Kaitlyn Dever as the young teenager who both challenges and forces her to face her own difficult past. John Gallagher, Jr. (The Newsroom) co-stars. It won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at SXSW.
STORY: How 'Short Term 12's' Brie Larson, Destin Cretton and Some Kids Won SXSW's Top Prize
Shot in just 20 days, the film provided Larson with her first lead role -- and an emotional one, at that.
"There were some days that were just meltdown days. Almost every scene was me just, towards the end where it was just really tragic, heaping those bits together," Larson told The Hollywood Reporter last month. "And I was like &lsquoWow. Can a human being do this for so many hours?' With enough coffee, you can. You too can do it. I drink quite a bit of coffee but since Short Term, my caffeine intake grew. It went 20 times more and I still haven't been able to fix it."
Traction Media's Maren Olson and Asher Goldstein produced the film, alongside Joshua Astrachan of Animal Kingdom and independent producer Ron Najor. Frederick W. Green, Douglas Stone, and David Kaplan executive produced, while Amanda Johnson-Zetterstrom co-produced.
Related article on THR.com:
Short Term 12: SXSW Review
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