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Shia LaBeouf To Star In Honey Boy

Shia LaBeouf and Lucas Hedges will star in Alma Har’el’s next film, Honey Boy. Producers are Automatik’s Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Daniela Taplin Lundberg of Stay Gold Features and Christopher Leggett of Delirio Films. Automatik’s Fred Berger is executive producer. Stay Gold Features will finance.

Honey Boy follows child actor Otis Lort (Hedges) and his law-breaking, alcohol-abusing father James (LaBeouf) as they attempt to mend their contentious relationship over the course of a decade.

Honey Boy will film in Los Angeles.

LaBeouf received rave reviews for his performance in Borg vs McEnroe at the Toronto Film Festival; the film releases this April. He recently starred in the acclaimed film American Honey. He will be seen next in Peanut Butter Falcon.

Hedges recently starred in Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird. He received an Academy Award nomination for his performance in Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By The Sea. Upcoming films include Boy A opposite Nicole Kidman andn Russell Crowe, directed by Joel Edgerton and Ben is Back, opposite Julie Roberts, written and directed by Peter Hedges.

Har’el’s award-winning, inventive and poetic films include LoveTrue and Bombay Beach and she was recently nominated for a DGA Award for her commercial Love Over Bias, which aired during the winter Olympics. Bombay Beach took the top prize at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, received the “Truer Than Fiction” Spirit Award nomination and has been taught in several universities, including Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab and Film Center, as a “genre redefining work.” LoveTrue premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and can be seen on Netflix. She created the nonprofit initiative “Free the Bid” which advocates for inclusiveness in the commercial world and specifically challenges ad agencies to include women in every triple-bid project and for production companies in general to hire more women talent behind the camera. She first collaborated with LaBeouf on an acclaimed music video for Sigur Rós, in which he starred and he went on to executive produce LoveTrue. She is one of the top commercial directors working today, with her commercial campaigns and shorts for Airbnb, Coca-Cola, Chanel and P&G garnering millions of hits and accolades, including Clios and D&AD awards. They have been exhibited in film festivals and prestigious galleries worldwide.





Brian Kavanaugh-Jones is the founder of Automatik, a Los Angeles-based film and television production company, and partnered with Fred Berger. Brian executive produced the Jeff Nichols’ feature Loving which was nominated for an Academy Award and two Golden Globes. He also produced Nichols’ previous film Midnight Special for Warner Bros. Brian recently produced Chris Weitz’s Operation Finale for MGM (Sir Ben Kingsley & Oscar Isaac), Miles Joris-Peyrafitte’s Dreamland (Margot Robbie), Max Minghella’s Teen Spirit (Elle Fanning), Banks Griffin’s THE WOLF HOUR (Naomi Watts), Shana Feste’s Boundaries (Vera Farmiga, Christopher Plummer), Jamie Dagg’s Sweet Virginia (Jon Bernthal, Rosemarie Dewitt, Chris Abbott, Imogen Poots), Autopsy of Jane Doe written by Andre Ovredal, and Automatik’s first television series Beyond which has just premiered its second season on ABC’s Freeform network.



Daniela Taplin Lundberg is the founder of Stay Gold Features, a New York based finance and production company established in 2016. Stay Gold’s first film Patti Cake$ premiered at Sundance 2017 where it sold to Fox Searchlight in one of the biggest deals of the festival. The company executive produced and co-financed David Robert Mitchell's Under the Silver Lake, starring Andrew Garfield, which will be released this year by A24. Stay Gold is in development on a number of films, including a historical adventure based on the life of Harriet Tubman starring Cynthia Erivo, the Black List script Heart of the Beast about an ex-navy Seal and his dog who must survive in the wilderness after an accident, an origins story about Teddy Roosevelt based on the Pulitzer prize-winning biography The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt to be directed by Alex Timbers, and Black Lion, the true story of war correspondent Carlos Mavroleon which Andrew Garfield will star in and produce. Lundberg formerly founded and headed Red Crown Productions and has financed and produced over 30 films, such as Cary Fukunaga's Beasts of No Nation, Michael Showalter's Hello, My Name is Doris, and Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right.



Christopher Leggett is a partner at Delirio Films, a Los-Angeles based film, television and commercial production company. Leggett began his producing career at NBC Universal Sports, covering three Olympic Games and developing an original series during his tenure. From there, Chris segued into independent production. Leggett’s first producing credit at Delirio Films, The Short Game, won the Audience award at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival and was picked up by Netflix as their first Original Documentary. His documentary LoveTrue premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and won the Jury award for Best Documentary at Karlovy Vary. In 2017, Delirio Films partnered with Hulu as it launched its Original Feature Documentaries with Too Funny Too Fail and Becoming Bond, which won the SXSW Audience award. Leggett currently has two feature documentaries slated for a 2018 release, as well as a six episode docu-series.
About Automatik

Automatik is a Los Angeles based film and television production company led by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger, and partnered with Grandview Management. Berger and Kavanaugh-Jones have produced over 60 films including Jeff Nichols’ films Take Shelter, Midnight Special and Loving as well as the Insidious Chapters, the Sinister series, and The Autopsy of Jane Doe. Berger received an Academy Award® nomination and won Golden Globe, BAFTA, PGA, BFCA, and NY Film Critics Circle awards for Damien Chazelle's La La Land starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.

Since Kavanaugh-Jones and Berger partnered in 2016, they are off to a prolific start, making over 20 films, including Reed Morano’s I Think We’re Alone Now, Max Minghella’s Teen Spirit, Leigh Whannell’s Stem, Hany Abu-Assad’s The Mountain Between Us, André Øvredal's MORTAL, Lennart Ruff’s The Titan, Nia DaCosta’s Little Woods, Rowan Athale’s Strange But True, and Wayne Roberts’ Richard Says Goodbye.

The duo are currently in production on Destroyer starring Nicole Kidman and directed by Karyn Kusama and are in post production on Chris Weitz’s Operation Finale starring Oscar Isaac and Sir Ben Kingsley, and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte’s Dreamland starring Margot Robbie.

About Stay Gold Features

Stay Gold Features is a production and financing entity founded in 2016 by Lundberg. The company develops, finances, and produces progressive and innovative content for film, television, and theater.


Stay Gold’s first film, Jeremy Gasper’s Patti Cake$ sold to Fox Searchlight in one of the biggest sales of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, a DGA Award, and was named to the National Board of Review’s top ten independent films of 2017. Stay Gold executive produced Jonas Carpignano’s Italian-language film A Ciambra, which was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and executive produced and co-financed the upcoming Under the Silver Lake from director David Robert Mitchell (It Follows) starring Andrew Garfield and to be released this year by A24.

About Delirio Films
Delirio Films is an artist-centered film and commercial production company with a focus on high end documentary storytelling. Since its founding in 2006, partners Rafael Marmor and Christopher Leggett have built a unique and varied library of films embodying a combination of artistic integrity and commercial viability, with compelling characters at their heart. Delirio’s films have premiered and won awards at prominent film festivals including Sundance, Toronto, SXSW, and Tribeca, and have enjoyed major distribution via theatrical release and TV broadcast.


Recent films include Alma Har’el’s LoveTrue and her Tribeca winner Bombay Beach, Magnolia Films’ No Place on Earth, Netflix’s first original film acquisition and SXSW Audience Award winner The Short Game, and the Sundance Audience Award winner The Green Prince. Most recently, Delirio produced the SXSW Audience Award winning documentary/narrative hybrid Becoming Bond as well as Too Funny to Fail: The Life and Death of the Dana Carvey Show, both for Hulu’s first-ever slate of original documentaries.

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