Lionsgate & Grindstone Acquire Nadine Crocker Drama ‘Continue’

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate and its Grindstone Entertainment Group have acquired the indie drama Continue, extending their relationship with writer-director-actress Nadine Crocker with a deal for multiplatform domestic distribution of her latest film.

Set to screen at the Bentonville Film Festival this week as part of the fest’s mission to amplify female filmmakers and other diverse storytellers, the film will be released in theaters September 6, coinciding with suicide awareness month.

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In Continue, a girl suffering from depression is forced to get her life together when she is taken involuntarily to a mental institution after trying to follow in her father’s footsteps but failing in her suicide attempt. There, she finds unlikely friends, unwavering love, and a life she never imagined possible, only to find out some decisions can’t be undone. You only get one life.

In addition to Crocker, Continue stars Shiloh Fernandez, Lio Tipton, Kat Foster, Annapurna Sriram and Emily Deschanel. Crocker directed from her own script and produced alongside Jay Seals and Anthony Caravella, as well as EPs Cassian Elwes, Mimi Maclean, Malcolm MacLean, Jijo Reed, Rachel Bilson, Olivia Allen, Barry Brooker, Kevin Hines, Margaret Hines, Tanner Beard, Lexie Beard and Robert Mawhinney.

Grindstone comes to Continue after distributing Crocker’s feature Desperation Road. Moviegoers who would like to contribute to the cause of suicide prevention, supported by Crocker’s The Continue On Organization, can find opportunities at and by following @ContinueOnOrg.

Said Grindstone president and CEO Barry Brooker in a statement on the acquisition, “We’re excited to be back in business with Nadine. Continue is a harrowing but ultimately life-affirming film that has brought festival audiences on the emotional journey of Nadine’s very personal story. We’re gratified to be bringing the movie to a wider audience.”

Added Crocker, “I am thrilled to share that my wildest dream is becoming a reality. I am immensely grateful to Barry Brooker, Amelia Rogers, and the Lionsgate and Grindstone Entertainment team—their support and belief have been invaluable; they’ve changed my life! They believe in our film, message, and our goal of suicide prevention, and their partnership has given us a colossal platform to elevate mental health.”

If you or anyone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing 988 or go to

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