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WHAT BREAKS THE ICE Debuts October 1st, 2021

The Powerful Thriller ‘What Breaks The Ice’
Releases in Theaters and On Digital October 1
The Coming-Of-Age 90’s Film Stars 
Madelyn Cline, Sofia Hublitz & Lukas Gage

Two friends. One Secret. Set during the tumultuous summer of 1998, the coming-of-age thriller What Breaks the Ice is anchored by a trio of young Hollywood’s A-listers including Madelyn Cline (Outer Banks, Knives Out 2), Sofia Hublitz (Ozark) and Lukas Gage (The White Lotus). What Breaks the Ice will be available on October 1 in select theaters, on Premium VOD & Digital.

From writer/director Rebecca Eskreis, the film starts as a sweet, idyllic coming-of-age story about female empowerment and friendship and soon takes a dark and powerful turn. As the socio-political landscape is turned on its head, two girls from different worlds form an unlikely friendship in the sweltering summer heat. Their fun and carefree days quickly turn cold as they find themselves at the center of a murder that rocks an idealistic East Coast community. Catherine Curtin (Homeland), Aimee Mullins (Stranger Things), Shakira Barrera (GLOW) and Joel Allen (The Purge) round out the cast.
During the development of the film, Eskreis participated in the Austin Film Society’s Artist Intensive Labs, where she workshopped it under the creative mentorship of directors Richard Linklater (Boyhood) and James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now). 
What Breaks the Ice is a movie that, above all, celebrates female friendship,” says director Rebecca Eskreis. “In that spirit, I am eternally grateful to our cast and crew — my friends and colleagues — and especially, the two powerful women who embody the on-screen friendship at the core of the film.”
Eskreis also produced the film, along with Michael Cuomo, Dustin Duke Dlouhy, Michael W. Gray, Courtney Jones and Katie Leary.
Official Synopsis: Two girls, from different worlds, form a deep and unlikely friendship in the sweltering summer heat of 1998. Their fun and carefree days quickly turn cold as they find themselves at the center of a mysterious murder.

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