TORONTO, Thursday, April 9, 2015: RIDE, the latest film from the Academy Award®-winning actress, writer, director Helen Hunt has been acquired by Pacific Northwest Pictures and is set to open theatrically in select cities on May 1st and then to premiere on demand on May 12th.
The Canadian theatrical release arrives day and date with Screen Media’s release across the United States from whom Pacific Northwest Pictures acquired the Canadian distribution rights.
RIDE is the second film Hunt has directed, following 2007’s award-winning ‘Then She Found Me’. In RIDE, Helen Hunt plays Jackie, an editor from The New Yorker who follows her son (Brenton Thwaites, ‘The Giver’, ‘Maleficent’) to LA after he drops out of college to surf and Jackie suddenly becomes the one thrust into a sea change of self-discovery. In this comedy written and directed by Helen Hunt, Jackie rediscovers her sexuality with a younger surf instructor (Luke Wilson, ‘Old School’, ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’), strikes up a meaningful friendship with limo driver, Ramon (David Zayas, TV’s Dexter), and begins to heal her fractured relationship with her son.
The initial inspiration for the film came to Hunt ten years ago while on a trip to Hawaii, where she witnessed a mother surfing nearby, and taking breaks to nurse. Hunt decided in that moment that she wanted to learn to surf. “I made this movie for mothers, sons, fathers, daughters, surfers and people who fall apart and come back together,” says Hunt. “There’s a lot in this movie that is me.”
Pacific Northwest Pictures Vice President Emily Alden comments, “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to help bring Helen’s vision to Canadian audiences. Ride is a wonderfully personal story that will resonate with anyone who has ever come to the realization that something in their life isn’t working for them. It is a beautifully universal film.”
The definition of a passion project, Ride was a thrilling but challenging shoot for Hunt, who did her own surfing in the movie. A regular day would see her spending up to eight hours in the water, being pummeled by waves, as crewmembers worked on inflatable rafts around her. The water photography in Ride was filmed by renowned, world-famous water cameraman Sonny Miller, who died last July of a heart attack at age 53. This was his last film and is dedicated to him.