Industry News: Refinery29 Expands into Feature Films

Refinery29, the leading digital media and entertainment company for young women, today announced a new partnership deal with NEON, the award-winning studi responsible for the release of I, Tonya, Sundance- and Spirit Award Winner- Ingrid Goes West, and the recently released Three Identical Strangers. NEON will join forces with Refinery29 to identify, purchase and co-distribute films that align with both companies’ missions to work with rule-defying storytellers that continue to challenge the audience. This partnership marks Refinery29’s first foray into feature films, further expanding the breadth and scope of the company’s video and entertainment business, allowing it to reach new and existing audiences wherever they are consuming premium content.  As Refinery29 continues to see growth and success with its current slate of entertainment offerings — including Shatterbox, the award-winning

Assassination Nation, Photo courtesy of Sundance Institute.

short-form video initiative created to support female filmmakers — long-form feature films is a natural evolution for the company, and another opportunity to celebrate raw innovation and emerging talent within the industry. The first films distributed by NEON and Refinery29 will be Assassination Nation and Little Woods. Assassination Nation, which will debut September 21, is directed by Sam Levinson and stars Hari Nef, Odessa Young, Suki Waterhouse and Abra, along with Bella Thorne and Maude Apatow. Little Woods was awarded the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival Nora Ephron Award and is written and directed by Nia DaCosta, and stars Tessa Thompson and Lily James. Past films reviewed on this site by NEON include I, Tonya, Colossal and Beach Rats. 

I've reviewed films for more than 20 years. Current movie reviews of new theatrical releases and direct-to-video or streaming films are added weekly to the Silver Screen Capture movie news site. Many capsule critiques originally appeared in expanded form in my syndicated Lights Camera Reaction column.

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