FilmRise Acquires Rights to Driveways


FilmRise has picked up the North American rights to the feature film Driveways, which follows the friendship between a young boy in a new neighborhood and his reclusive 83-year-old neighbor.

Directed by Andrew Ahn (Spa Night), the full-length feature has been nominated for two Spirit Awards. Driveways is produced by Joe Pirro, James Schamus, Nicolaas Bertelsen, Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler. FilmRise has slated the film for release in spring 2020.

Driveways follows Kathy (Golden Globe nominee Hong Chau), a single mother who travels with her shy 8-year-old son Cody (newcomer Lucas Jaye) to her late sister’s house, which they plan to clean and sell. As Kathy realizes how little she knew about her sister, Cody develops an unlikely friendship with Del (Golden Globe and Tony winner Brian Dennehy), the Korean War vet and widower who lives next door. Over the course of a summer and with Del’s encouragement, Cody develops the courage to come out of his shell and, along with his mother, finds a new place to call home.

Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise, stated, “Andrew Ahn’s second feature film is a wonderful follow up to his John Cassavetes Award-winning debut, Spa Night. We are thrilled to be showcasing Driveways to audiences worldwide, enabling indie film fans the opportunity to watch this beautifully crafted film.”