April 9th, 2014

We announced recently that Bill Moseley and Kane Hodder would be featured in the upcoming Almost Mercy. We've received a bunch of new casting info (including the signing of a Dr. Gash favorite!) and a mega distribution deal.

The two leads in Almost Mercy will be played by Danielle Guldin and Jessie Default. Also named to the cast will be horror legend Debbie Rochon (pictured; woo hoo!), veteran actor Fred Sullivan, Jr., Eric Nyenhuis, Tanja Lynch, Sean Leser and pro wrestler Michael Bennett.

Wrestling icon Tommy Dreamer is also scheduled to make a cameo appearance in the Woodhaven Production Company project.

"The cast is really coming together," said Almost Mercy writer/director Tom DeNucci. "We have talented fresh faces to go along with some decorated veterans of the genre. I'm thrilled to have these actors tell the story. It's a really eclectic bunch."

This casting news comes hot on the heels of another big announcement from Woodhaven producer Chad A. Verdi. Verdi has announced that his company has come to an agreement with Screen Media Films on a 10-picture distribution deal. Five of the films will be in the horror genre, beginning with Almost Mercy. Universal will release each of the movies through their VOD platform, which reaches over 100 million homes.

"This all started with Screen Media Films in 2010 when they acquired my first film, Inkubus," Verdi said. "Screen Media has now acquired five feature films from me including Almost Mercy. It's a very special relationship that I value greatly. Screen Media has a great team that is led by President Suzanne Blech. We have been working together for the past four years, achieving much success; Suzanne is one of the best in the business and a joy to work with. Having a 10-picture distributing deal is a filmmaker's dream, and I believe this is one of the first of its kind."

Verdi and his wife, Michelle, are also currently producing a film entitled Bleed for This with Martin Scorsese, Bruce Cohen and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. The film is written and directed by Ben Younger and stars Aaron Eckhart of I, Frankenstein and The Dark Knight along with Divergent star Miles Teller.

Almost Mercy will begin filming in Rhode Island on April 28. More on this one as we get it. To keep up-to-date, visit the official Almost Mercy website, "like" Almost Mercy on Facebook and follow Almost Mercy on Twitter (@Almost_Mercy).


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EAST GREENWICH, RI - April 9, 2014 (Investorideas.com Newswire) The Woodhaven Production Company and Screen Media Films are proud to announce a new ten picture deal between the two companies starting with the film 'Almost Mercy'.

Chad Verdi and his wife Michelle, through their production companies, Verdi Productions and The Woodhaven Production Company have had great success over the last four years with producing, filming, and selling six feature films.

They are now embarking on arguably one of the most aggressive production schedules to date; four feature films in twelve months.

Verdi stated, "Michelle and I just finished Executive producing our latest film in New York, titled BAD HURT and are currently in pre-production for Almost Mercy withfilming beginning in Rhode Island on April 28th. After the completion of Almost Mercy, we go right into pre-production on BLEED FOR THIS, with filming to commence September 2014. Next year, 2015, will start with a bang with an untitled project - filming starting in March."

Verdi added, "This all began with Screen Media Films in 2010 when they acquired my first film INKUBUS. SMF has now acquired five of my feature films including Almost Mercy. It’s a very special relationship that I value greatly. SMF has a great team led by President Suzanne Blech. We have achieved much success while working together for the past four years. Having a ten picture distribution deal is a filmmaker's dream."

Blech states, "We are excited to work even closer with Chad and his team in creating product that can have success in today’s marketplace. It is a great opportunity for both of us."

The ten picture deal is exclusive of Verdi's passion project BLEED FOR THIS. The movie tells the true-life story of 5-time world champion Rhode Island boxer Vinny Pazienza, as he recovers from a near fatal car accident that left him with a broken neck. He then goes on to win three additional world boxing titles, one of the most incredible and dramatic comebacks in sports history.

Golden Globe nominated actor Aaron Eckhart (THE DARK KNIGHT, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, I, FRANKENSTEIN) will take on the role of Paz's boxing trainer, Kevin Rooney. Rooney was the trainer to Mike Tyson when Tyson won his first heavyweight championship. Rooney had a major role in changing Vinny's boxing style that led him to become one of only two boxers ever to win titles in both the lightweight and junior middle weight class in 1991. The other boxer was Roberto Duran whom Vinny fought twice (with Vinny victorious in both fights).

Miles Teller (THE FANTASTIC FOUR, 21 & OVER, PROJECT X, THAT AWKWARD MOMENT, THE SPECTACULAR NOW), currently starring in DIVERGENT, in theaters now, will take on the role of Vinny Paz.

The powerhouse team is led by writer/director Ben Younger (BOILER ROOM, PRIME), Oscar-winner Martin Scorsese (THE DEPARTED, GOODFELLAS), Oscar-winning producer Bruce Cohen (AMERICAN BEAUTY, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK), Emma Tillinger Koskoff (THE DEPARTED, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET), Noah Kraft (LOOSIES), award-winning RI producer Chad A. Verdi (LOOSIES, A BET'S A BET, BAD HURT) and Michelle Verdi (LOOSIES, A BET'S A BET, BAD HURT).

About Screen Media

Screen Media acquires the rights to high quality, independent feature films for the US and Canada. Screen Media’s theatrical releases include "Heleno," starring Rodrigo Santoro; "La Mission," starring Benjamin Bratt; "The City of Your Final Destination," starring Anthony Hopkins and Laura Linney; "Lymelife," starring Alec Baldwin, Emma Roberts and Cynthia Nixon and "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" starring Robin Wright and Keanu Reeves. Since 2001, Screen Media Films has released more than 250 titles including "Noel," starring Penelope Cruz and Susan Sarandon; "Sherrybaby," starring Maggie Gyllenhaal; Kevin Bacon’s directorial debut, "Loverboy;" and Emmy nominated "Dog Whisperer" with Cesar Millan. Recent theatrical releases include Sundance favorites "The Lifeguard," starring Kristen Bell and Kyle Patrick Alvarez's "C.O.G.", the first film adaptation of famed author David Sedaris, and the Tribeca-award nominee "A Birder's Guide to Everything," starring Ben Kingsley, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Katie Chang. Upcoming theatrical releases include "Authors Anonymous," starring Kaley Cuoco of The Big Bang Theory, alongside Chris Klein and Dennis Farina.

Screen Media Films is a division of Screen Media Ventures, LLC. With a library of over 1,500 motion pictures, Screen Media Ventures is one of the largest independent suppliers of high quality motion pictures to U.S. and international broadcast markets, cable networks, home video outlets and new media venues.

For more information, visit www.screenmediafilms.net .

See more movie info and trailers at www.Verdifilms.com , www.Woodhavenfilms.com andwww.universalvod.net

About Woodhaven:

The Woodhaven Production Company, a subsidiary of Verdi Productions, is a fully funded film production company, covering all aspects of filmmaking from conception of script through post production.

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Contact Information

Chad A. Verdi CEO http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3838148/

Michelle L. Verdi Music and Talent Supervisor Media http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4090091

Mary Larsen, Executive Coordinator, Verdi Productions & The Woodhaven Production Company