Film Mode Entertainment Boards Manifest West  And Screens for the First Time to Buyers at AFM

New Thriller Starring Lexy Kolker (Freaks, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.),

Annet Mahendru (The Walking Dead: World Beyond, The Americans), Milo Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge, Clawfoot), Michael Cudlitz (Clarice, The Walking Dead), and Tim Heidecker (Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Us)

Makes AFM Market Premiere Just Ahead of North American Theatrical and Online Platform Release

Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment announces the AFM market premiere and screenings of Manifest West, the new thriller Starring Lexy Kolker (Freaks, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Annet Mahendru (The Walking Dead: World Beyond, The Americans), Milo Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge, Clawfoot), Michael Cudlitz (Clarice, The Walking Dead) Tim Heidecker (Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Us). The film is written and directed by Joe Dietsch and Louie Gibson, the writer/director team from Happy Hunting. The film was recently acquired for distribution throughout North America by Samuel Goldwyn Films and is set for a November 11, 2022 release in the US in theaters and across digital platforms. Manifest West also just played to critical acclaim at the 2022 Newport Beach Film Festival.

Film Mode Entertainment will be screening the film for buyers for the first time at AFM on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 1:30pm PT and again on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 1:30pm PT, both at AMC Santa Monica, Screen 2.

“We’re thrilled to be working with the amazing Manifest West team, both in front of and behind the camera. The film is a commercially viable top-quality thriller that raises the genre bar, that both buyers and audiences around the globe have been clamoring for.” Said Epstein

In Manifest West, a seemingly normal family moves off the grid into untamed North American wilderness in the hopes of escaping the pressures of modern society. But as secrets are revealed and tensions rise within the family, they realize you can’t escape what’s going on in your own household, no matter how far you move up a mountain.

Manifest West boasts a highly talented team in front of the camera and behind the scenes, whose combined box office earnings are close to the $100 million mark (USD). Each cast member has a dedicated global following from their work on such hit films and and TV shows as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Americans, Hacksaw Ridge, Happy Hunting, Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories, The Blacklist, The Outpost, Under The Stadium Lights, Shooter, Father Stu and Spin Me Around.

“We wanted to explore the idea of freedom in modern society. Is it still possible to move off the grid and have true autonomy, or are we too interdependent? The story is told through the eyes of very human characters, people who have moral shades of grey. Like everyone, they can be the heroes and villains in their own story.” Said Joe Dietsch and Louie Gibson.

Film Mode Entertainment continues to bridge the gap between filmmakers and audiences and raises the genre-bar for feature films by nurturing high-quality commercially viable movies like Manifest West and bringing them to the global marketplace with great success.

Bryson Pintard is producing.

Executive producers are Michael Tipps, Homan Taghdiri, Louie Gibson, Joe Dietsch and Joe Toronto.

Film Mode Entertainment is handling worldwide rights excluding North America.

About Film Mode Entertainment

Film Mode Entertainment is a leading worldwide sales agent, production entity and distribution company, focusing on commercially driven feature films of all genres and budget sizes. Film Mode represents projects at all stages of the filmmaking process, often as Executive Producer, with the aim of helping producers and distributors achieve maximum exposure for their films. Film Mode’s recent titles include Mayim Bialik’s feature directorial debut, AS THEY MADE US, starring two-time Oscar-winner Dustin Hoffman, Academy Award-nominee and Emmy Award-winner Candice Bergen, Simon Helberg and Dianna Agron, CHICK FIGHT starring Malin Ackerman and Bella Thorne, CRYPTO starring Kurt Russell, Luke Hemsworth and Alexis Bledel, STAGE MOTHER starring Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver, Lucy Liu and Adrian Grenier. Previous releases include SUGAR MOUNTAIN starring Jason Momoa, and THE GOOD NEIGHBOR starring Academy Award-nominee James Caan. Film Mode accelerated their growth and expanded their capabilities by entering into a partnership with SCREEN MEDIA, representing their catalogue of more than 600 titles, including WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE starring Leonardo DiCaprio, who was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his performance, and MONSTER, starring Charlize Theron who won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Actress for the film. The company also has its own distribution arm, as well as a documentary label, DocMode. Film Mode is based in Beverly Hills, CA. For more information, visit


Samuel Goldwyn Films is a major, independently owned and operated motion-picture company that develops, produces and distributes innovative feature films. The company distributed the 2021 Academy Award®-winning film ANOTHER ROUND, the 2021 Academy Award®-nominated film THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN and 2022 Academy Award®-nominated film LUNANA: A YAK IN THE CLASSROOM. Upcoming films include India’s official Oscars® entry LAST FILM SHOW, UK hit FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS: ONE AND ALL and MANIFEST WEST.

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