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Julia Stiles, Scott Speedman and Stephen Rea Star In Supernatural Thriller 'Out Of The Dark'

The Participant Presentation In Association With Image Nation Is Being Produced By Dynamo And Apaches And Is Filiming in Colombia

Julia Stiles (Silver Linings Playbook, The Bourne Ultimatum), Scott Speedman (The Strangers, The Vow) and Stephen Rea (V for Vendetta, The Crying Game) star in Out of the Dark, a supernatural thriller presented by Participant Media in association with Image Nation and produced by Colombia’s Dynamo and Spain’s Apaches Entertainment. Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King and Nick Spicer of XYZ Films serve as executive producers on the film, which began filming in Bogota, Colombia this week.

Spanish filmmaker Lluis Quilez is directing the screenplay by Alex & David Pastor and Javier Gullón about an American couple, Sarah and Paul Harriman, who move to Colombia with their young daughter, Hannah, to take over the manufacturing business owned by Sarah’s father, and soon realize that the house they’ve moved into is haunted.

Said King, “Given Participant’s mission to illuminate important issues, this is not your average ghost story. You can be sure that there’s a bigger reason why this takes place at this particular house in the Colombian jungle and to this particular family.”

“We are delighted to once again join Participant Media in bringing this smart story to the screen,” observed Mohamed Al Mubarak, Image Nation’s Chairman.

Dynamo’s Cristian Conti, added, "We are excited to be working with Participant to deliver this kind of quality storytelling to Colombia and to take advantage of the spectacular locations and local talent in a way that is authentically international.”

Apaches Partner Belen Atienza said, “Out of the Dark showcases the talent of Lluis Quilez to give life to frightening stories that go beyond the genre to explore deeper emotions."

About Participant Media
Participant (participantmedia.com) is a global entertainment company founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll to focus on feature films, television, publishing and digital content that inspire social change. Participant's more than 40 films include GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK, SYRIANA, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, FOOD, INC., WAITING FOR 'SUPERMAN’, THE HELP, CONTAGION and LINCOLN. Participant’s social action campaigns and digital network TakePart.com continue the conversation and connect audiences to a wealth of content and actions. Its new millennial television network Pivot (pivot.tv), launching this summer in 40 million-plus homes, is TV forThe New Greatest Generation.

About Image Nation
Since launching in 2008 as a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Media, Image Nation has rapidly become one of the leading content creators in Abu Dhabi and the UAE. The company commissions and produces filmed content across a wide range of platforms, with a particular focus on audiences in the UAE and Gulf region.

Image Nation fulfills four key commitments: Developing Emirati filmed entertainment; growing the local film industry through training and internship programs; supporting Abu Dhabi entities in creating content to meet strategic and marketing objectives; and co-producing an aggressive slate of international films through several strategic partnerships.

Image Nation International, the company’s international film division, maintains strategic partnerships with a number of major producers. These include Participant Media, Hyde Park Entertainment, Parkes /Macdonald Productions, Warner Bros., and Singapore’s Media Development Authority (MDA).

The division has co-produced a number of feature films, including “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” and through its Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation partnership produced "Men in Black 3" and “Flight” and has co-financed, through the Participant Media/Imagenation Film Fund such films as “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”, “The Help” and “Contagion”.

About Dynamo
Dynamo was originally founded in 2006 and has since become the leading film production company in Colombia. Dynamo has produced some prominent world cinema titles, such as Sundance winner Undertow by Javier Fuentes-Leon, Sebastian Cordero's Rabia and Andi Baiz's Satanas, and box office hits such as La Cara Oculta. In 2007 Dynamo raised the first pension fund backed PE film investment fund in Latin America which has made over 15 equity and debt investments all across the region since its inception. Today Dynamo also manages the RIFF fund, which represents a few select HNW in the film space.

In recent years Dynamo has expanded its activity into the TV development and service production, post production facilities, new media and online community spaces. Dynamo also has a permanent presence in Spain where it has offices in Barcelona. Its latest projects include Andi Baiz's Roa opening in April 2013 and Carlos Moreno's Que Viva La Musica! with production starting in 2013.

About Apaches Entertainment
Apaches Entertainment was founded 5 years ago by Enrique López-Lavigne and Belén Atienza, two producers whose curricula include some of the most original and successful titles in European cinema over recent years (28 Weeks Later, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Orphanage).

Strongly director driven, Apaches Entertainment has produced, among other titles, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's Intruders, Nacho Vigalondo's Extraterrestrial and J. A. Bayona's The Impossible. The acclaimed title has grossed $170M worldwide boxoffice to date.

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Founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll, Participant Media’s (www.participantmedia.com) content combines the power of a good story well told with opportunities for real world impact and awareness around the most pressing global issues of our time. As an industry content leader, Participant annually produces up to six narrative feature films, five documentary films, three episodic television series, and more than 30 hours of digital short form programming, through its digital subsidiary SoulPancake—all aimed at entertainment that inspires social awareness and engaging audiences to participate in positive social change. Participant’s content and social impact mandate speaks directly to the rise of today’s “conscious consumer,” representing over 2 billion consumers who are compelled to make impactful content a priority focus. Through its worldwide network of traditional and digital distribution, aligned with partnerships with key non-profit and NGO organizations, Participant is positioned uniquely within the industry to engage a rapidly growing audience while bringing global awareness and action to today’s most vital issues.

Participant’s more than 100 films, including Spotlight, Contagion, Lincoln, The Help, He Named Me Malala, The Look of Silence, CITIZENFOUR, Food, Inc. and An Inconvenient Truth, have collectively earned 73 Academy Award® nominations and 18 wins, including Best Picture for Green Book and Spotlight and Best Foreign Language Film for Roma and A Fantastic Woman. Participant’s digital entertainment division, SoulPancake (www.soulpancake.com), is an award-winning provider of thought-provoking, joyful, and uplifting digital content including such widely popular series as Kid President and The Science of Happiness and reaches an audience of nearly 9 million fans. Follow Participant Media on Twitter and on Facebook and Instagram. Follow SoulPancake on Twitter and on Facebook and Instagram.


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