Paladin, the distributor that was recently behind Tom Shadyac’s I Am, has acquired the upcoming drama One Fall, and we have your first exclusive look at the film. Produced by Dean Silvers and Marlen Hecht (Flirting With Disaster, Spanking the Monkey), it is the directorial debut from Marcus Dean Fuller. Check out the photo above which features Fuller, next to Mark Margolis (Pi, The Fountain, and the upcoming Immortals) and click for high-resolution.

Fuller is joined by a cast that includes Zoe McLellan (Dirty Sexy Money), James McCaffrey (Rescue Me), Phyllis Somerville (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Mark La Mura (Something Borrowed), Dominic Fumusa (Nurse Jackie), and newcomer Seamus Mulcahy.

Paladin will release the film this August and you can see the press release below, which includes a synopsis.

NEW YORK, NY (June 21, 2011) — ONE FALL, a powerful story about a man who is both blessed and cursed with an unusual power, will be released by Paladin in August, it was announced by company president Mark Urman.  Veteran New York-based indie producers Dean Silvers and Marlen Hecht, who number among their credits such films as “Flirting With Disaster,” “Spanking The Monkey,” “Committed,” “Wigstock,” and “Manny & Lo,” produced the film under their TeaTown Communication Group shingle.  Marcus Dean Fuller, who has a string of television and theater roles to his credit, plays the leading role, wrote the original screenplay, and makes his feature directorial debut with the project.

Set in the rustic Midwestern town of One Fall, the film tells the story of a man who miraculously survived a terrible fall from a spectacular 200 foot- high precipice that is the area’s major attraction. After recovering, he abruptly abandoned friends and family and disappeared without explanation.  The secret he couldn’t share with them was that, while recovering, he had suddenly developed the power to heal others. Tired of running away, he returns home after a long absence and decides to use his gift– but not altruistically. If people pay him, he will cure them.  Though he appears to be doing the right thing, he is doing it for for all the wrong reasons, and risks driving away anyone who ever loved or trusted him. As his moral crisis peaks, he must figure out why he survived his fall, and what he is really meant to do with his life.

About the film, Urman says, “ONE FALL delivers a powerful message about spiritual redemption that should be of great appeal to the ever-growing audience for transformational entertainment. I have known Dean for a long time and I look forward to working with him on this project. I also look forward to introducing Marcus Dean Fuller as new and multi-talented presence on the film scene.”

“Marlen and I are often solicited by first-time filmmakers,” says producer Silvers, “but when we met Marcus, heard his amazing personal story, and discovered that he had actually survived the very fall depicted in his script, we knew we wanted make the film, and were convinced that no one could do a better job with the material than him. We are thrilled with how ONE FALL turned out, and with what a terrific talent Marcus proved to be.”

A classically-trained actor and Yale Drama School graduate, (who is currently appearing with the renowned Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Fuller and his wife, Julie Fuller (also a Yale School graduate) both served as co-producers of ONE FALL, and Richard K. Smucker was executive producer.

About the film’s upcoming release Fuller adds, “I think Mark and Paladin are a perfect fit for ONE FALL and I’m very excited to be working with them.”

Paladin has had great success recently with Tom Shadyac’s I AM, another film with significant “mind-body-spirit” appeal that is currently in its fifth month of theatrical release. Next up for the company is LOVE ETC., the award-winning documentary by Jill Andresevic that opens in NY on July 1.

For more information about the film, please go to the film’s Facebook page.

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