Duplass brothers debut ‘The Do-Deca-Pentathlon’ at SXSW

by Lindsay Madatic on March 13, 2012

Jay and Mark Duplass, the writing and directing duo from Metairie, prove once again that they appreciate a low budget, dialogue-driven independent film with their upcoming comedy The Do-Deca-Pentathlon. The film, which shot quietly in New Orleans over four weeks in April of 2008, premiered Sunday at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival in Austin.

Pentathlon depicts the amusing story of two grown brothers who rekindle their superbly competitive childhood sporting event that ended their relationship as teenagers. Back in 1990, Mark (Steve Zissis) and Jeremy (Mark Kelly) devised an elaborate series of physical tests in such amateur categories as arm wrestling and skeeball to determine who was the better brother in the family. The Olympic-like event ended in a highly contested tie, causing the siblings to barely speak over the past twenty years. During a weekend family reunion, the brothers unexpectedly reunite and must hide their efforts in order to finally complete the event and determine the ultimate winner…once and for all.

Red Flag Releasing and Fox Searchlight Pictures announced last week they acquired the rights to the film. The two companies will split the rights for The Do-Deca-Pentathlon, with Red Flag handling theatrical distribution while Fox Searchlight operates all other ancillary markets. The film is produced by Stephanie Langhoff and stars Zissis, Kelly and Jennifer Lafleur. Josh Braun of Submarine negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers along with Paul Federbush for Red Flag Releasing, and EVP Worldwide Acquisitions Tony Safford on behalf of Fox Searchlight Pictures. The film will release theatrically in June.

Sources: deadline, nola