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The Unbidden Haunts Viva Pictures


 THE UNBIDDEN, directed by Quentin Lee  world premiered at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and has been acquired by genre visionaries Viva Pictures. A distribution deal was announced by the film’s producers with Viva Pictures acquiring all distribution rights in North America. International rights were acquired by Korea’s 9ers Entertainment earlier this month.


THE UNBIDDEN also marks the first feature film acquisition out of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival in its 32 years of presentation.

Touted as the first female driven Asian American supernatural thriller, THE UNBIDDEN. stars Tamlyn Tomita (“Teen Wolf,” “The Joy Luck Club”), Julia Nickson (“Rambo,” “Double Dragon”), Amy Hill (“50 First Dates,” “Lilo & Stitch”), Elizabeth Sung (“The Joy Luck Club”) and Michelle Krusiec (“Saving Face,” “The Invitation).

Mystery novelist Lauren Lee (Tomita) is haunted by the ghost of a tortured, bloodied man. She tries to forget the apparition’s terrifying warnings and her unstable mental state by hosting dinner with her best friends (Nickson, Sung, and Hill). Each of the women has her own idea and opinion to make Lauren feel better. In the midst of a séance that Rachel believes will exorcise Lauren’s demons, a mysterious young man (Szeto) arrives brandishing a gun. He holds the women hostage in order to get to the truth of the whereabouts of his missing father.

THE UNBIDDEN is directed by Quentin Lee (“White Frog,” “The People I’ve Slept With”) with a screenplay by NaRhee Ahn (“Purity”).

China’s Thunder Communications International’s Charles Lei serves as producer alongside with stateside Stanley Yung, NaRhee Ahn and Quentin Lee.

“As highlighted in the recent 60 Minutes story, Rising in the East, Asia is now producing top notch cinema that American audiences are going to love and Unbidden is one of those films,” said Laura Prieto, VP of Acquisitions who handled the negotiations at Viva Pictures.

Filmmaker Quentin Lee negotiated on behalf of the producers with Viva Pictures’ Laura Preto.




VIVA Pictures Distribution, LLC. is an independent film distribution company offering a wide variety of channels for its partners. Led by entertainment industry veteran, Victor Elizalde, VIVA Pictures is a leading distributor that understands and focuses on the needs of the independent producer.  The company is ideally positioned for creating a new, modern distribution model leveraging innovative technology and existing relationships with key retailer and rental channels on par with major studios.  Recent releases include Marcus Nispel’s Exeter, The Ouija Experiment, The Legend of Wasco & Cottage Country starring Malin Ackerman.  For more information, visit

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