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[10/25/18 - 11:06 AM]
HBO Films Acquires "Icebox," With Debut Slated for Dec. 7
The film tells the story of a 12-year-old Honduran boy who is forced to flee his home and seek asylum in the United States, only to find himself trapped in the U.S. immigration system.







ICEBOX (HBO)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
12/2/18
STATUS:
telefilm/mini-series in the can
DESCRIPTION:
(from HBO's press release, October 2018) HBO Films has acquired the worldwide rights to director-writer Daniel Sawka's feature debut, ICEBOX, it was announced today by Len Amato, president, HBO Films. Produced by Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) winner James L. Brooks' Gracie Films and co-financed with Endeavor Content, the drama will debut FRIDAY, DEC. 7 on HBO. ICEBOX tells the story of Óscar, played by Anthony Gonzalez ("Coco"), a 12-year-old Honduran boy who is forced to flee his home and seek asylum in the United States, only to find himself trapped in the U.S. immigration system. "I have seldom seen a movie so of the moment - it's almost reportage," said Amato. "ICEBOX gives viewers not only an opportunity to witness what it's like inside these migrant detention centers, but also to feel the emotions of the children, revealing a world that many journalists and citizens have not yet been able to sufficiently penetrate." Brooks and his production company, Gracie Films, partnered with Sawka to expand the project from a master's thesis short into a feature-length film. ICEBOX premiered in the Discovery section at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Endeavor Content co-financed the production and handled the worldwide sale. The film also stars Omar Leyva, Johnny Ortiz, Matthew Moreno, Jessica Juarez and Genesis Rodriguez. As Óscar attempts to reach his uncle, Manuel (Leyva), in Arizona, he is apprehended by Border Patrol and placed in "the icebox," a detention facility where he joins scores of other migrant children being held without their families. Faced with a seemingly impenetrable immigration system, Óscar struggles to navigate a path to freedom, with a journalist (Rodriguez) and his uncle, himself a recent immigrant, as his only lifelines.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Anthony Gonzalez as Óscar
· Genesis Rodriguez
· Jessica Juarez
· Johnny Ortiz
· Matthew Moreno
· Omar Leyva as Manuel
CREW INFORMATION:
· Daniel Sawka as DIR/WRTR
· David Greathouse as PROD
· James L. Brooks as PROD
· Julie Ansell as PROD
· Richard Sakai as PROD
GENRE(S):
· mow
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Endeavor Content
· Gracie Films