Strike Back Studios has acquired the engaging buddy comedy thriller “I, Challenger” after the film’s successful premiere at the Portland Film Festival in October 2021. The feature film is directed by Paul Boyd which is his third feature directing project. Boyd is best known as an acclaimed music video director having worked with Sting, Seal, Tina Turner, Mick Jagger, Celine Dion, Lenny Kravitz, and Shania Twain. The film is planned for a TVOD/Digital platform release in the United States and Canada beginning on January 11th , 2022. “I, Challenger” is a cinematic sibling to the best of the stoner buddy comedies in the vein of the franchises from Seth Rogen and Cheech & Chong.

“I, Challenger” stars James Duval (“Donnie Darko,” “Gone in 60 Seconds”), Coy Stewart (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Bella and the Bulldogs”), Tina Majorino (“Napoleon Dynamite,” “Veronica Mars”), MC Lyte (“Girls Trip,” Blue Crush”), Margaret Cho (“30 Rock,” “All-American Girl”), Gerry Bednob (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story”), and Daeg Faerch (“American Horror Story,” “Hancock”).

“I, Challenger” follows Sid (James Duval), a perennial kid who spends his days playing video games and selling weed but is about to be evicted. Desperate to change his life he enlists his gaming buddy, Logan (Coy Stewart) in a dangerous, hair-brained, scheme involving the livestream of Sid being buried alive for 24 hours. At first it seems Sid’s luck is finally on the upswing with a financial windfall and even a romance with his favorite cannabis dispensary clerk (Tina Majorino).  But then a disastrous near-death experience when the self-burial misfires will change everything.

Strike Back Studios most recently released the critically acclaimed feature documentary “The United States of Insanity” that screened on over 600 screens nationwide on October 26, 2021. It is starting its limited theatrical run November 12th and is set for release on Video On Demand and DVD December 10th.

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