Josh Peck, Brian Geraghty and Alice Eve in ATM, directed by David Brooks. An IFC Midnight release. Photo © ATM Pictures, LLC, Gold Circle Development, LLC.


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ATM (2012)

Opened: 04/06/2012 Limited

Monica 4-Plex04/06/2012 - 04/12/20127 days
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Genre: Thriller

Rated: R for for violence and terror.


After leaving their company Christmas Party together, David Hargrove (Brian Geraghty, THE HURT LOCKER) and Emily Brandt's (Alice Eve, SHE'S OUT OF MY LEAGUE, SEX AND THE CITY 2) impromptu first date takes an unexpected turn when their coworker, Corey (Josh Peck, THE WACKNESS) , asks them to make a late-night stop at an ATM. Pulling into a desolate parking lot, Corey gets out to get cash, what should be a routine transaction turns into a desperate struggle for survival when an unknown man appears outside blocking their exit. With the wintry temperatures dipping below freezing, and the morning sunrise still hours away, they have no choice but to play the man's deadly game of cat-and-mouse.

Director's Statement

The success of any film in the thriller genre rests largely upon the intensity of the experience and I believe that at it's core, ATM, provides a climate of absolutely unrelenting tension, combined with the raw, intimate emotion that the characters are forced to share. David, Emily, and Corey find themselves trapped in the most ordinary and seemingly central of locations, a standalone ATM vestibule, pitched in the middle of a supermarket parking lot. However, during the dead of a Midwest winter, late at night, this space suddenly becomes a desolate island, controlled by the psychotic whims of a mysterious hooded Man. At one point or another we have all been in the situation of taking out money from an ATM late at night and had that fear of being robbed or possibly worse in the process. That relatability was certainly one of the things that drew me to the project and I felt there was so much inherent tension that we could build upon as any of us can imagine a situation where we are forced to engage a power beyond our understanding or control.

Indeed, these characters are placed so far outside their comfort zones that one cannot help but ask the question, "What would I do in this situation"? Again, I hope that that relatability will tie audience members to the character's experience, sharing their fears, desperation, moral challenges, feel their physical struggle as their bodies shut down from the cold, and be forced to ponder how they would react, what decisions they would make. While character too often falls by the wayside in genre fare, in this film we really have the opportunity to get to know the characters before they go down this unfortunate path and I think that this investment in their relationships will intensify the experience for the audience as the story progresses.

The other element that really attracted me to this project was the obvious challenge of shooting such a spatially contained film. I felt that the key to building and maintaining the tension throughout would be to make the experience as grounded in reality as possible. In doing this we tried to create a visual language that would help place the audience firmly in the path of destruction, both emotionally and physically, that the killer forces the characters into. Ultimately, I hope audiences will enjoy a genuinely cinematic experience that transcends the surface limitations of a 'contained' thriller. Most importantly, while too many films these days fall into place just you expect, ATM delivers an absolutely unexpected ride with some truly surprising twists and turns that will keep people on the edge of their seats and searching for answers.

-- David Brooks, Director

Cast Biographies

Alice Eve (Emily Brandt)

Since graduating from Oxford, Alice Eve has shown her talent in film, television and theatre. She recently completed filming Columbia Pictures' "Men in Black III," in which she plays a young Agent Oh.' She stars opposite Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, who will reprise their roles in the third film in the series. Will's character, Agent J, returns to 1969 and encounters famous figures of the day. The present day Agent Oh is played by Emma Thompson, who will also appear in the film. Eve will next be seen starring in Rogue Pictures "The Raven," a fictionalized account of the last days of Edgar Allen Poe's life, which the poet is in pursuit of a serial killer whose murders mirror those in his stories. Eve stars as Emily, fiancee of Edgar Allen Poe, played by John Cusack. The film is scheduled for release by Relativity on March 9th, 2012. Eve stars in the upcoming thriller "ATM," a tale of three co-workers who make a late-night visit to an ATM and end up in a desperate fight for their lives when they become trapped by an unknown man. She has also wrapped IFC's "The Decoy Bride," which tells the story of a wedding sabotaged by a paparazzo, a decoy bride and love rivalry.

She was seen in 2010 in a starring role in the Dreamworks/Paramount romantic comedy "She's Out of My League." The film stars Jay Baruchel ("Knocked Up," "Tropic Thunder"), whose character finally gets to date his dream girl (Eve) but allows his fears and insecurities to threaten the relationship. The film was released on March 10, 2010 Eve also appeared in Warner Bros. Pictures summer box office hit "Sex and the City 2." In 2008, Eve turned heads on Broadway and in London's West End in the critically acclaimed play "Rock N Roll." Written by Tom Stoppard and directed by Trevor Nunn, Alice starred alongside Rufus Sewell, Brian Cox and Sinead Cusack.

Josh Peck (Corey Thompson)

Josh Peck began his career as a child actor in the late 1990s and early 2000s. His talents range from actor, comedian, director, and voice actor best known for playing Josh Nichols in the Nickelodeon live-action sitcom Drake & Josh. He is now well known for his outstanding performance in the coming-of-age urban drama as the lead in The Wackness with Ben Kingsley, Mary Kate-Olsen, Olivia Thirlby and Method Man. Peck recently wrapped Screen Gem's Planet B-Boy opposite Josh Halloway and Chris Brown as part of a legendary break-dancing team seeking to reclaim its world title. Prior to that, he wrapped the remake of the thriller Red Dawn opposite Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, and ATM, opposite Brian Geraghty and Alice Eve. Peck also currently provides a voice in Ice Age, which is expecting the release of its fourth installment next summer. Peck will next be shooting THE TIMBER on location in Romania which is being produced by Scott Einbinder.

At the age of 14, Peck was offered a role on Nickelodeon's The Amanda Show and, at his mother's suggestion, accepted the part and moved to Los Angeles to further pursue an acting career. He appeared on the show regularly, which led him to become well known to young audiences until the show's end. Peck made his film debut in the 2000 film Snow Day, and followed that by opposite Alex D. Linz and Zena Grey in the theatrical film, MAX KEEBLE'S BIG MOVE. Peck appeared in several independent films, including Spun and 2004's Mean Creek, for which he received critical praise as well independent film Special premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Eventually he was cast as Josh Nichols, opposite Drake Bell's Drake Parker, in another Nickelodeon sitcom, Drake & Josh, which began airing in 2004 and gained Peck recognition among young audiences once again. He went on to star in three Drake & Josh films, which led to a nomination for Favorite Television Actor at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. Peck resides in Los Angeles, California.

Brian Geraghty (David Hargrove)

Brian Geraghty will next be seen in TEN YEAR, written and directed by Jamie Linden, about a group of friends who reunite ten years after their high school graduation, which premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. The ensemble cast includes Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson, Justin Long and Kate Mara, among others. Geraghty wrapped production on REFUGE from writer/director Jessica Goldberg and co-starring Krysten Ritter, as well as the Lionsgate comedy GAY DUDE, directed by Chris Nelson. He most recently wrapped on Robert Zemeckis's FLIGHT, in which he will star opposite Denzel Washington.

Geraghty's additional film credits include the following: Kathryn Bigelow's Academy Award-winning thriller THE HURT LOCKER with Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie; EASIER WITH PRACTICE, the directorial debut of Kyle Patrick Alvarez, for which Geraghty earned rave reviews; the short film BASTARD, directed by Kirsten Dunst; Emilio Estevez's BOBBY, for which the New York Times hand-picked his performance as one of the "Scene Stealers: Breakthrough Performances" of 2006; WE ARE MARSHALL, directed by McG and starring Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox; OPEN HOUSE with Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer (Tribeca Film Festival 2010); THE GUARDIAN, directed by Andrew Davis and starring Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher; JARHEAD, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx and Peter Sarsgaard; Terry Zwigoff's ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL with John Malkovich and Max Minghella; AN AMERICAN CRIME with Ellen Page and Catherine Keener; WHEN A STRANGER CALLS with Camilla Belle; LOVE LIES BLEEDING with Christian Slater and Jenna Dewan; CONVERSATIONS WITH OTHER WOMEN with Aaron Eckhart and Helena Bonham Carter; THE OPTIMIST with Leelee Sobieski; STATESIDE with Val Kilmer and Jonathan Tucker; and CRUEL WORLD with Edward Furlong. Geraghty recently guest starred on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and, prior to launching into a film career, had guest starring roles on several top television series, including "The Sopranos," "Law & Order" and "Ed."

Originally from New Jersey, Geraghty graduated from The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York City. His stage credits include roles in productions of Berlin, Midnight Moonlight, Snipers and Romeo and Juliet. He began his professional career in New York before re-locating to Los Angeles. Geraghty recently returned to the stage in January when he appeared opposite Martin Sheen and Frances Conroy in Frank Gilroy's The Subject Was Roses about a young man's return from World War II. Geraghty starred as the young man, the role for which Sheen earned a Tony Award in 1964. An ardent surfer, he has been a surf instructor and is an ongoing, active supporter of the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit environmental organization working to preserve our oceans, waves and beaches. He is also involved with TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), a resource for anyone who has suffered the loss of a military loved one, regardless of relationship to the deceased. They meet their mission by providing peer-based support, crisis care, casualty casework assistance and grief and trauma resources. Geraghty currently resides in Los Angeles.

Filmmaker Biographies

David Brooks (Director)

David Brooks was born in London, England. At the age of eleven he moved to Los Angeles and while attending Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences, David further developed his love for film, studying criticism and film theory as well as video production. He went on to earn a bachelors degree in Film Production at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. After moving back to Los Angles, David began working on his thesis short film, Gone, for which he earned the attention of Hollywood agents and producers. In the winter of 2009 David began work on his feature directorial debut, ATM. Written by Chris Sparling (Buried) and starring Brian Geraghty, Josh Peck, and Alice Eve, ATM follows three co-workers who on a late night visit to an ATM, end up in a desperate fight for their lives when they become trapped by an unknown man. IFC Films will release ATM theatrically in the U.S. in April of 2012. David currently resides in Los Angles where he continues to develop feature material both as a director and producer at his company, Onset Films.

Chris Sparling (Writer/ Co-Story By)

Born in Providence, RI, Chris wrote the screenplay for the film BURIED, starring Ryan Reynolds, which was released theatrically by Lionsgate Films to critical praise. For his work on this picture, Chris was awarded Best Original Screenplay of 2010 by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures and by the Academia de las Artes y Ciencias Cinematograficas de Espana at los Premios Goya Awards (Spain's Academy Awards). He is currently working with producer M. Night Shyamalan on REINCARNATE, the second film in the three-part "Night Chronicles" series. Chris will make his feature directing debut this spring with the supernatural drama FALLING SLOWLY.

Paul Brooks (Producer)

Paul Brooks has been producing and distributing films in both England and the United States for almost 20 years. His films cross all genres and have generated over $800 million worldwide. Most notably, he executive produced the biggest romantic comedy of all time, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING. Continuing Brooks' diversified slate, his recent films include the romantic comedy LIFE AS WE KNOW IT starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel and the heartbreaking documentary IN THE LAND OF THE FREE, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. Brooks is currently President of Gold Circle Films where he oversees and produces for the company and leads all projects from inception to release. His partners include Scott Niemeyer and Norm Waitt. Brooks is involved in all areas of development, production and distribution. His Gold Circle Films producing credits include, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING (Oscar nominated for Best Screenplay), WHITE NOISE, THE WEDDING DATE, BECAUSE I SAID SO, NEW IN TOWN, THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT and THE 4TH KIND. In addition, Brooks executive produced SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE, which garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Upcoming Gold Circle projects include the next supernatural thriller in the 'Haunting' series, THE HAUNTING IN GEORGIA, and the college a capella comedy, PITCH PERFECT, currently in post-production, to be distributed by Universal under the company's multi-picture distribution deal at that studio.

Brooks attended London University where he received a Humanities degree in English/ Philosophy/Psychology and Sociology. An architecture enthusiast, Brooks went into real estate development, where he focused on commercial buildings and high-end residential development in London. After an accelerated rise and fall in the real estate business at a young age, Brooks sought out his other passion, filmmaking. In 1992, he executive produced his first film, LEON THE PIG FARMER, a comedy which quickly became a cult hit in the UK. The film received several awards throughout Europe, including the International Critics' Prize at the 1992 Venice Film Festival. Following this accomplishment, Brooks founded the U.K.-based production and distribution company Metrodome Group, which he took public in 1995.

Peter Safran (Producer)

Peter Safran is the founder of The Safran Company, a leading Hollywood production and talent management company. As a producer, Safran's recent credits include the Sundance hit Buried, starring Ryan Reynolds, which was distributed theatrically in 2010 by Lionsgate, and the 2011 Sundance comedy Flypaper, starring Patrick Dempsey and written by the writers of The Hangover, John Lucas and Scott Moore. Over the past two years he produced New in Town, starring Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr., which was released in January 2009, and the box office successes Meet the Spartans and Vampires Suck. Safran also has served as executive producer on numerous feature films, including the blockbuster parody Scary Movie. In addition, he produced If I Were King, a documentary about the making of the 2008 Sean John fashion show; and HBO's P. Diddy presents The Bad Boys of Comedy. Safran is currently shooting Vehicle 19 in Johannesburg, South Africa which stars Paul Walker.

Prior to forming his own company, Safran was President of Hollywood powerhouse Brillstein-Grey Management. During his time there he quickly emerged as an innovative and creative manager with an enviable client list including Sean "Diddy" Combs, Djimon Hounsou, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Reiser, James Gunn, and Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer. As President, Safran was responsible for Brillstein-Grey's overall business strategy as well as the company's day-to-day activities of representing writers, directors, producers, and actors. During this time, the agency's client roster included more than 200 of the biggest names in Hollywood including Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Adam Sandler, Nicolas Cage, Brooke Shields, David Schwimmer and Courteney Cox.

After three years as President, he launched The Safran Company, where he was followed by all of his clients. In 2008, Safran took an innovative move and expanded his company into the digital arena. He produced a series of eight short films in partnership with Microsoft for distribution on their XBox Live Platform, based on the unique concept of "Masters of Horror take on Comedy" which he conceived with filmmaker James Gunn (Slither, Dawn of the Dead). Bringing in some of the world's most respected horror directors, including James Wan (Saw, Death Sentence) and David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night), the short films provided these directors with the chance to bring their comedic visions to life.

Born in New York and raised in London, Safran graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Political Science. He earned his law degree at New York University's School of Law and honed his negotiation skills as a corporate attorney in New York City.

Dan Clifton (Executive Producer)

Dan Clifton was born in London, England but raised outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The son of an actor and a painter, Clifton developed a love and appreciation for the arts at an early age. Throughout his high school years Dan honed his craft as an actor and musician before deciding to study film and television at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in New York City.

At Tisch, Clifton excelled both as a Director and Producer. Having produced more than three dozen short films, commercials and music videos during his NYU tenure, Clifton returned to Philadelphia in 2008 to direct his thesis film For All Mankind. A dedication of sorts to the action adventure films Dan grew up watching, For All Mankind was deemed a Wasserman Finalist at NYU's First Run Film Festival in 2009.

Teaming up with NYU classmate David Brooks, Clifton founded Onset Films that same year and moved to Los Angeles. Exec Producing ATM in 2010, Clifton is slated to produce the Gold Circle Films romantic comedy Sex On the First Date in the near future. Also in the production pipeline for Clifton and Onset Films in 2012 is The Last First Time, an apocalyptic comedy written by Jason Fuchs.

Tirelessly a pupil of the ever-changing digital world, Clifton recently developed and launched, the film industry's first cloud-based tax credit estimator and film finance tool. Combining his knowledge of filmmaking with his new understanding of the software industry, Dan hopes to find new and exciting ways to create and distribute content over the coming years.