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Katherine McPhee and Rob Schneider Comedy You May Not Kiss the Bride Opens Sept. 21st

By Michael Schilf · July 24, 2012

Film to Make Hawaii Debut on August 31st

Los Angeles, CA (July 24, 2012) – Freestyle Digital Media (FDM) and Hawaii Film Partners Distribution (HFPD) have joined forces to release the new tropical adventure-comedy-romance YOU MAY NOT KISS THE BRIDE, written and directed by Rob Hedden (“Clockstoppers”).  The film, which was produced by Rann Watumull, Gina Watumull, David Jackson and Shauna Shapiro Jackson, stars Katherine McPhee (“Smash”), Dave Annable (“Brothers and Sisters”), Rob Schneider (“Grown Ups”), Mena Suvari (“American Beauty”) and Kathy Bates (“Midnight in Paris”).  YOU MAY NOT KISS THE BRIDE is slated for a red carpet destination premiere in Honolulu, with its U.S. mainland theatrical release to follow in additional markets including Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas.

YOU MAY NOT KISS THE BRIDE is a charming tale of adventurous high jinx and budding romance involving an unassuming pet photographer (Annable) who is thrown head first into a series of unforeseeable events when he's forced to marry a Croatian mobster’s daughter (McPhee) and spend his honeymoon at a secluded Tahitian resort where the bride is kidnapped.

The deal was negotiated by FDM’s CEO Susan Jackson; Mark Borde, Co-President of Freestyle Releasing; and the principals of HFPD, David Jackson, Rann Watumull, Gina Watumull and Shauna Shapiro Jackson.

Said Susan Jackson: “This is a hilarious film with a fantastic cast and we are delighted to team up with Hawaii Film Partners on the domestic distribution of the film.”  Added Rann Watumull: “Freestyle is exactly the type of company we wanted to partner with because it provides smart theatrical distribution expertise and accountability in a collaborative working environment.”

The film, which was shot on location in Honolulu, Chicago and Los Angeles, has also been licensed in virtually every territory outside the U.S. and boasts an impressive supporting cast including Tia Carrere (“True Lies”), Kevin Dunn (“Luck”), Vinnie Jones (“Kill the Irishman”), Stephen Tobolowsky (“Groundhog Day”) and Ken Davitian (“Borat”).

About Freestyle Digital Media:

Freestyle Digital Media, LLC was launched in November 2011 by its CEO Susan Jackson who is Co-President and founder of independent theatrical distributor Freestyle Releasing, LLC and North American sales company Turtles Crossing, LLC. Freestyle Digital Media supplies quality commercial film and TV content directly to all US VOD/SVOD rental DVD/Kiosks and theaters using the latest cloud-based technologies to automate digital workflow.  Freestyle’s goal is to provide fresh, well-marketed product and stay on the cutting edge of the ever-compressing windows to ensure that their partners benefit from a platform that delivers an anytime-anywhere capability in the medium of their choice and a positive digital viewing experience on any device in any location.

About Hawaii Film Partners Distribution:

Hawaii Film Partners Distribution was created in August, 2010 by Hawaii Film Partners (HFP) to vertically integrate HFP’s varied and successful theatrical, animated and television production slate with its own worldwide distribution platform.  In the future, Hawaii Film Partners Distribution also plans to distribute worthy original independent projects to U.S. and world markets as well.  Said Gina Watumull: “There are a lot of excellent independent entertainment projects out there that the studios and networks miss.  Because independents don’t necessarily fit in well-worn niches, they’re often challenged in distribution and get discouraged by hitting well-established industry glass ceilings.  HFPD wants to shift that paradigm.”