Strike Back Studios to Release “I, Challenger” on January 11th, 2022 Starring stars James Duval (“Donnie Darko, ” “Gone in 60 Seconds”), and Coy Stewart (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Bella and the Bulldogs”)
Strike Back Studios Set to Release Comedy Thriller “I, Challenger” Across All TVOD/Digital Platforms
Strike Back Studios Brings the Ultimate Buddy Comedy Thriller to Audiences Everywhere January 11th, 2022
Los Angeles, CA— Strike Back Studios incredible slate of independent films continues to grow with its latest acquisition of the engagingbuddy comedy thriller “I, Challenger” after the film’s successful premiere at the Portland Film Festival in October 2021. The feature film is directed by Paul Boyd which is his third feature directing project. Boyd is best known as an acclaimed music video director having worked with Sting, Seal, Tina Turner, Mick Jagger, Celine Dion, Lenny Kravitz, and Shania Twain. The film is planned for a TVOD/Digital platform release in the United States and Canada beginning on January 11th , 2022. “I, Challenger” is a cinematic sibling to the best of the stoner buddy comedies in the vein of the franchises from Seth Rogen and Cheech & Chong.
“I, Challenger” stars James Duval (“Donnie Darko,” “Gone in 60 Seconds”), Coy Stewart (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Bella and the Bulldogs”), Tina Majorino (“Napoleon Dynamite,” “Veronica Mars”), MC Lyte (“Girls Trip,” Blue Crush”), Margaret Cho (“30 Rock,” “All-American Girl”), Gerry Bednob (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story”), and Daeg Faerch (“American Horror Story,” “Hancock”).
“I, Challenger” follows Sid (James Duval), a perennial kid who spends his days playing video games and selling weed but is about to be evicted. Desperate to change his life he enlists his gaming buddy, Logan (Coy Stewart) in a dangerous, hair-brained, scheme involving the livestream of Sid being buried alive for 24 hours. At first it seems Sid’s luck is finally on the upswing with a financial windfall and even a romance with his favorite cannabis dispensary clerk (Tina Majorino). But then a disastrous near-death experience when the self-burial misfires will change everything.
“Few films have so seamlessly blended hilarious stoner comedy scenes, with wild thriller moments, and a psychedelic surreal climax like “I, Challenger.” Having worked with the director a decade ago on his first feature film, “Vicious Circle,” I was thrilled to reteam with him on his latest project” said Noor Ahmed President of Strike Back Studios.
Strike Back Studios most recently released the critically acclaimed feature documentary “The United States of Insanity” that screened on over 600 screens nationwide on October 26, 2021. It is starting its limited theatrical run November 12th and is set for release on Video On Demand and DVD December 10th.
“I, Challenger is a hybrid buddy comedy with a love story at its core. Irreverent stoner antics lead to a dangerous internet challenge that delivers thrills and chills as the characters embark on a wild ride,” said Boyd.
Thebuddycomedy thriller “I, Challenger” was directed by Paul Boyd; written by Paul Boyd & Kara Scobey Brown; produced by Eric Barrett who previously produced and written “Echo In The Canyon,”; with an original score from composer Misha Segal (“The Last Dragon,” “the Phantom of the Opera”).
About Paul Boyd:
Born in Scotland, Paul has been a film-maker since he was a teenager. He graduated from St. Martins School Of Art in London with a BA in Fine Art Film and made a name for himself, early on, directing award winning music videos and commercial campaigns. He wrote and directed his first feature film ‘Vicious Circle’ in 2007 which received multiple awards, including Best Picture at the 2008NYLIFF HBO. Paul has directed commercial campaigns in Europe and the United States for L’Oreal, Revlon, Jaguar, Dodge, Chanel and Volkswagen and famous music videos for Sting, Seal, Tina Turner, Mick Jagger, Celine Dion, Lenny Kravitz. Paul helmed seven music videos from Shania Twain’s hit album ‘Come On Over,’ the biggest selling female album in history. He is a Guinness world record holder whose music videos have been viewed over a billion times. Former Head Of Production at ‘Dave Stewart Entertainment,’ where Paul oversaw all aspects of film production from 2012 to 2016. Paul has written over ten screenplays to date and has recently completed two feature films ‘I, Challenger’ and ‘We Are Gathered Here Today’ in 2020 which are set for release in 2022. Paul resides in Los Angeles, CA and has two children, River and Luna.
About Strike Back Studios:
Strike Back Studios has been steadily creating/releasing incredible independent film success stories. Strike Back Studios is a unique company formed in 2019 who will first look to partner with other distributors on projects they are producing/financing. They will also be able to distribute projects themselves directly to all major exploitation platforms. The goal is to work with producers from the earliest stages of development and production on up. They are embracing the true tenants of film collaboration and are bringing them to global audiences. Strike Back Studios is focused on addressing the growing concerns from producers with regard to the distribution of independent features. The company will work with producers early on in the production process to develop unique and innovate marketing and promotional strategies for their release. This will save producers from having to rely on taking their project to a film festival with the hope of a major sale to make them financially whole. Strike Back Studios still wants to screen projects at film festival but make the screening part of the distribution release strategy vs sales strategy. Current Strike Back Studios titles available for global audiences can be found at strikebackstudios.com