July 2, 2009 / 4:51 AM / 10 years ago

Distributor bets on Lori Petty's "Poker House"

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Actress Lori Petty’s feature directorial debut, “The Poker House,” a drama based on her teenage years, has been picked up for U.S. distribution.

Phase 4 Films, a new theatrical, DVD and television distribution company, has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to the film.

“Poker,” which Petty wrote with fellow actor David Alan Grier, stars Selma Blair, Grier and Jennifer Lawrence in a portrait of poor, small-town life in 1976 Iowa. Lawrence plays Agnes, the oldest of three sisters living in the “Poker House” — a brothel, drug mecca and gambling oasis for local squatters. Blair plays her drug-addicted mother.

The film premiered at the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival, where Lawrence won the Outstanding Performance award.

“Poker” will have a limited theatrical release in the U.S. beginning July 17 and will be released on DVD in the U.S. and Canada on August 18.

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