“Americana” Starring Sydney Sweeney, Paul Walter Hauser, Halsey, Eric Dane, Zahn Mcclarnon and More Will World Premiere at SXSW® Film & TV Festival
Produced by BRON Studios and Saks Picture Company, Tony Tost’s Directorial Debut Scheduled to Premiere in the Narrative Spotlight section on Friday, March 17
AUSTIN, TX (February 24, 2023) – BRON Studios / Saks Picture Company announced today that writer/director Tony Tost’s directorial debut, AMERICANA, will world premiere at the SXSW® Film & TV Festival in the Narrative Spotlight section. The star-studded cast includes Sydney Sweeney, Paul Walter Hauser, Halsey, Eric Dane, Zahn McClarnon, Gavin Maddox Bergman, Simon Rex, Derek Hinkey, Toby Huss, and Harriet Sansom Harris. AMERICANA (formerly titled “National Anthem”) makes its world premiere Friday, March 17 at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX.
In AMERICANA, unlikely heroes and villains must navigate a complex playing field in pursuit of a legendary Native American artifact with ties to the complicated history of the American West in this elevated, darkly comedic crime thriller.
The highly anticipated feature marks multi-platinum, chart-topping singer-songwriter Halsey’s first on-screen role. The award-winning, Grammy Nominated recording artist has amassed more than 50 billion streams worldwide, and over 75 million RIAA-certified singles and albums sold in the US. AMERICANA’s acclaimed cast also features current SAG Award nominee Paul Walter Hauser, fresh off his recent Black Bird Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award wins last month, as well as Gotham Award winning actor Zahn McClarnon and Emmy nominated actress Sydney Sweeney.
The film is a BRON Studios / Saks Picture Company co-production in association with Rhea Films, and Creative Wealth Media, who financed the film with Hercules Film Fund. Alex Saks (The Florida Project, Red Rocket) is producing. Aaron L. Gilbert, Steven Thibault, and Alison-Jane Roney are executive producing for BRON Studios (Those Who Wish Me Dead, The Survivor). Jason Cloth is executive producing for Creative Wealth Media (Licorice Pizza, House of Gucci). Paris Kassidokostas-Latsis, Terry Dougas, and Jean-Luc De Fanti are executive producing for Rhea Films (Good Time, Bruised). Michael Williams and Suraj Maraboyina are also executive producing. Native American activist Marcus RedThunder (Longmire, Hostiles) served as a consultant on the film, which was shot on location with the support of the New Mexico Film Office.
The crafts team is rounded out by Cinematographer Nigel Bluck (The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent), production designer Russell Barnes (Captain Fantastic), costume designer Jillian Bundrick (Reservation Dogs), editor Peter McNulty (Hotel Mumbai), and composer David Fleming (The Last of Us).
BRON and WME Independent are handling worldwide sales for the acquisition title.