Published On: Thu, Apr 3rd, 2014

‘Hellion’ starring Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis gets picked up for distribution

PRESS RELEASE: VMI WORLDWIDE, L.A. based foreign sales, finance and production company announced April 2 that it has acquired Kat Candler’s film HELLION for all international territories and will introduce the movie to its international buyers during the 2014 Cannes Film Market.

Aaron Paul in "Hellion"

Aaron Paul in “Hellion”

Kat Candler’s HELLION, premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and played at SXSW in the Festival Favorites section. The film stars Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis and critically acclaimed newcomer Josh Wiggins, whose performance Entertainment Weekly compared to Leonardo DiCaprio.

Currently in theaters, Aaron Paul’s NEED FOR SPEED worldwide box office passed the 168-million dollar mark over the 2014 March 28-30 weekend.


Josh Wiggins in “Hellion”

HELLION was acquired by the prestigious IFC label Sundance Selects for North American rights.   

Produced by Jonathan Duffy and Kelly Williams from a screenplay by Candler, HELLION is the story of Jacob (Wiggins), a 13-year old obsessed with metal, dirt bike racing and partaking in the occasional act of vandalism, whose behavior begins to raise concerns around town, especially when it starts to involve his younger brother Wes (newcomer Deke Garner).  While the boy’s father, Hollis (Paul), loves his sons, he is still reeling from the loss of their mother, spending more time drowning his sorrows at the local bar and working on his damaged beach house than being an active parent.  When the local authorities catch wind of the increasingly volatile situation, Wes is taken into custody and placed with his Aunt Pam (Juliette Lewis) leaving Jacob and Hollis to fend for themselves.  In Wes’ absence, Jacob becomes increasingly obsessed with winning a local motocross championship in order to get his brother back.

 “Hellion is a beautifully lyrical and emotionally powerful film that tackles universal themes of family, friendship, love and loss.” VMI Worldwide President Andre Relis said:  “Aaron Paul is a remarkable talent and has proven himself to be both a movie star and a serious actor that is a force to be reckoned with.  The rest of the cast is absolutely fantastic, and the discovery of Josh Wiggins is a revelation and surely the start of a long and interesting career.   VMI WORLDWIDE is incredibly honored to have the opportunity to represent the film to the international marketplace.”

“We couldn’t be more excited than to work with the wonderful team at VMI who truly love our film,” notes Kat Candler.

HELLION was executive produced by Jeff Nichols (MUD), Sarah Green (THE TREE OF LIFE), Janice Beard, Tanner Beard, Suzanne Weinert, co-executive produced by Aaron Paul and co-produced by Andrew Logan. The Film features a soundtrack of classics from heavy-metal heavyweights including Metallica, Slayer and The Sword.

Andre Relis, President of VMI Worldwide and Stanley Monahan, Director of Acquisitions and Development negotiated the deal with UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers.

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