Crackle Original French Thriller Blast to Premiere May 5
Crackle Plus, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) company and one of the largest operators of streaming advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) networks, announced today that original feature film Blast will premiere May 5, exclusively on Crackle.
The French thriller is the debut film of director Vanya Peirani-Vignes who also wrote the screenplay alongside Pablo Barbetti (casting for such films as Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and Lucy) with photography led by Cesar Award-winning French cinematographer Thierry Arbogast. It stars Nora Arnezeder as the lead Sonia, as well as Pierre Kiwitt (Das Boot, Mr. Stein Goes Online) and Sara Mortensen (In Safe Hands, Contact).
Blast takes place in a Parisian parking lot, where Sonia finds herself trapped in her car with her son and the daughter of her boyfriend Fred, who has been left outside, powerless to deal with the situation: an anti-tank mine has been set under the car. Sonia is a bomb-disposal expert who works for a non-government organization with Fred. She just got back from a mission in Ukraine, and while she's used to facing dangerous situations, with the children's lives on the line, the stakes have never been higher. Along with colleagues Igor and Camille, who came to the rescue, Sonia and Fred have 30 minutes to diffuse the bomb and determine who could be the mastermind behind it. Will they stand united until the end, or will the family implode under pressure?
"This high-concept thriller is disarming in more ways than one and is just the kind of quality content our viewers expect from Crackle," said Jeff Meier, head of programming for Crackle Plus. "We're excited to launch Blast on May 5 and know the audience will be on the edge of their seats from start to finish."
The film is produced by Paris-based Wide and is distributed in the U.S. by Screen Media.
The Crackle Plus streaming services are currently distributed through 70 touchpoints in the U.S. on platforms including Amazon FireTV, RokuTV, Apple TV, Smart TVs (Samsung, LG, Vizio), gaming consoles (PS4 and Xbox One), Plex, iOS and Android mobile devices and on desktops at Crackle.com, with previously announced plans to expand to over 90 touchpoints. Crackle is also available in approximately 500,000 hotel rooms in the Marriott Bonvoy chain.
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