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Dee Rees’ PARIAH Available For WGA Members Via Deluxe Media Management Screener Site

Posted December 16, 2011

Pariah Eligible For WGA Consideration As Best Original Screenplay.

In a unique awards campaign initiative, Focus Features is inviting Writers Guild of America members to view its 2011 release Pariah, written and directed by Dee Rees, through an exclusive screener site operated by fulfillment house Deluxe Media Management, a subsidiary of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc.

The digital screener was made available at the site to WGA Members on December 7th, and will remain so until January 6th, 2012. The free rental is for a 48-hour period, which allows WGA members to watch the 86-minute feature film straight through, or to pause their viewing and then return to it within the allotted time period. By way of the screener site, Pariah is viewable through PCs, Macs, and iPads. Deluxe, the fulfillment house that the WGA uses for its mailings, generated with the WGA’s permission usernames and passwords, which were then e-mailed directly to WGA Members. No one can stream the screener unless they are a credentialed user to the site with their assigned username and password.

Earlier this fall, the WGA accepted Pariah as eligible for Writers Guild of America Award consideration. Focus subsequently submitted it into the Best Original Screenplay category. Focus has also made the ongoing Pariah awards screenings schedule available at the site, since WGA members are invited to attend those screenings, as well as a download of Ms. Rees’ screenplay itself. As of December 13th, 20,000 hits for Deluxe’s Pariah site have been recorded.

A rousing success at the 2011 Sundance and Toronto film festivals, Pariah, produced by Nekisa Cooper, is nominated for 2 Spirit Awards including Best Female Lead (Adepero Oduye). The film’s other honors include Excellence in Cinematography (Bradford Young) at Sundance; the Best Breakout Performance (Ms. Oduye) and Best Independent Film awards from the African-American Film Critics Association; and the Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Director, which Ms. Rees won last month. The movie opens theatrically in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco on Wednesday, December 28th; and in additional cities in January.