A24 Nabs Jenny Slate’s Comedy Obvious Child


A24 has made their second distribution deal of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, picking up the Jenny Slate comedy Obvious Child for North American distribution.

The project began as a 2009 short of the same name and first-time writer-director Gillian Robespierre raised $37,000 via Kickstarter to help with the production costs of turning it into a feature film, which premiered on Friday as part of Sundance’s Next competition.

In the movie, Slate, a former “Saturday Night Live” cast member and recurring character on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” plays Brooklyn comedian Donna Stern, who is dumped, fired and pregnant just in time for Valentine’s Day. The film also stars Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffman, Polly Draper, Richard Kind and David Cross.

A24 also picked up Lynn Shelton’s Laggies, starring Keira Knightley and Sam Rockwell, earlier in the fest.