Fledgling distributor Yari Film Group was forced into bankruptcy last December. Though YFG continues to operate, at least nominally, all of their planned 2009 releases -- the Sarah Michelle Gellar thriller Possession, the Joe Carnahan-directed Pablo Escobar biopic Killing Pablo, the star-studded caper flick The Maiden Heist -- were left in an uncertain limbo. Now Slashfilm sends word that another of YFG's acquisitions, the high-school-noir-comedy The Assassination of a High School President is in danger of skipping theaters and going straight to DVD, where its lack of profile will mean eternal obscurity.
I saw the film last spring, as I said, and it didn't blow me away. But it does have a charming performance from up-and-comer Reece Thompson, a hysterically funny supporting turn by Josh Pais as an unctuous Spanish teacher, and a nifty noir aesthetic. It definitely deserves a chance to be seen in theaters. With some smart marketing, I think it could do quite well in limited release. But it looks like for that to happen, it will have to find a theatrical distributor that's not in its death throes.
The movie's got a Facebook group you might join to help the process along, and a website you might visit. Just FYI, and thanks to Slashfilm for getting the ball rolling on this one.