The indie distributor behind Oscar-nominee ‘Loving Vincent’ also is starting production on a pair of upcoming horror films that will shoot in the Buckeye State: ‘Mad River Valley’ and ’27 Times.’

Good Deed Entertainment, the upstart indie distributor behind Loving Vincent, is expanding to Ashland, Ohio, with the opening of its new headquarters.

GDE will be joined there by their genre label Cranked Up Films and will be up and running in January in its new location, where it will continue to develop, produce, finance, acquire and distribute indie films.

“The Midwest is an exciting, new entertainment market and is a prime location for both production and post-production services,” said GDE CEO Scott Donley. “Access to diverse filming locations, a wealth of talent in neighboring cities and Ohio’s excellent tax incentive make Ashland an ideal location for the next phase of our growth strategy.”

Key executives moving from Los Angeles to Ashland include GDE’s COO Nikki Stier Justice and vp acquisitions and distribution Kristin Harris. Although its headquarters will now be located in Ohio, GDE will still maintain a core team operating out of Los Angeles.

In addition to the expansion, GDE also is starting production on upcoming horror films Mad River Valley and 27 Times. In Mad River Valley, a winter storm traps a first-time mother in an isolated farmhouse, where she begins to fear an evil presence is threatening to turn her child into a changeling. 27 Times follows a 14-year-old boy who is haunted by precognitive visions of violent deaths and is cared for and exploited by his older brother who uses this talent to hustle up money through a life insurance scheme. The scripts for Mad River Valley and 27 Times were penned by Amanda Toye and Thomas Thonson, respectively. Both films will be taking advantage of local resources and will shoot on location in Ohio.

Mad River Valley and 27 Times join an upcoming GDE slate that includes Tribeca Film Festival award-winner To Dust, the cannabis doc Breaking Habits and the thriller Coyote Lake, which stars Camila Mendes and Adriana Barraza. GDE will close out 2018 with the romantic comedy After Everything, releasing in theaters and on demand Oct. 12. Cranked Up Films’ latest release Don’t Leave Home, a horror film set in the Irish countryside, is currently available on demand. The company scored an Oscar nomination earlier this year for Loving Vincent in the animated feature category.

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