GRAVITAS VENTURES ACQUIRES RIGHTS TO SUNDANCE AUDIENCE AWARD WINNING DOC JIM: THE JAMES FOLEY STORY

February 5th, 2016

Following an award-winning showing at the Sundance Film Festival, Gravitas Ventures has acquired U.S. VOD and DVD rights as well as all Canadian rights to “Jim: The James Foley Story.” The pivotal film makes its television debut February 6 on HBO.

On Thanksgiving Day 2012, American photojournalist James “Jim” Foley was kidnapped in Syria and went missing for two years before the infamous video of his public execution sent shockwaves and introduced much of the world to ISIS. “Jim: The James Foley Story,” by close childhood friend Brian Oakes, tells the story of his life through intimate interviews with his family, friends and fellow journalists – while fellow hostages reveal never-before-heard details of his captivity with a chilling immediacy that builds suspense. Made with unparalleled access, “Jim: The James Foley Story” is a harrowing chronicle of bravery, compassion and pain at the dawn of America’s war with ISIS.

“Gravitas is honored to work on such a poignant and inspiring film, which depicts Jim Foley’s incredible courage and humanity amidst chaos and brutality,” said Brendan Gallagher, SVP for Gravitas Ventures.

“We are pleased that Gravitas will bring the film to new audiences,” said Peter Kunhardt, executive producer of Jim. “They are passionate about distributing Jim Foley’s emotional story not only to Americans, but to Canadians as well. It is an excellent partnership.”

Directed by Brian Oakes, the film is produced by Eva Lipman, George Kunhardt and Teddy Kunhardt and executive produced by Peter Kunhardt. The film includes the original song “The Empty Chair” by Academy Award®-nominated artists J. Ralph and Sting.

The deal was negotiated by Brendan Gallagher for Gravitas Ventures and by Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers.

THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCES MORGAN FREEMAN AS RECIPIENT OF THE 43RD ANNUAL CHAPLIN AWARD

February 5th, 2016

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that Academy Award–winning actor Morgan Freeman will be honored at the 43rd Annual Chaplin Award Gala held at Lincoln Center on Monday, April 25, 2016. The evening will celebrate the remarkable talent of an actor who has portrayed some of the most memorable characters committed to film. The event will be attended by a host of notable guests and will include movie and interview clips culminating in the presentation of The Chaplin Award. For ticketing and additional information, go to filmlinc.org/gala.

“The Board is delighted to honor Morgan Freeman with the Chaplin Award this year,” said Ann Tenenbaum, the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Board Chairman. “He is one of the most gifted actors of our time and his body of work has changed the film landscape. He is universally loved as an actor and as a humanitarian, and we are thrilled to add the Chaplin to the long list of distinguished awards he has already received.”

“Morgan Freeman is one of most highly regarded and beloved actors of his generation and we are excited to honor all of his achievements with the Chaplin Award, our biggest fundraiser of the year, which recognizes those whose mastery of their craft has made an impact on the art of film,” said the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Executive Director Lesli Klainberg. “Whether in a leading or supporting role, he brings a quiet gravitas to each of his memorable performances in such films as Lean on Me and Driving Miss Daisy to Street Smart, The Shawshank Redemption, Seven, Million Dollar Baby, and Invictus.”

After beginning his acting career in Off-Broadway stage productions of The Niggerlovers and an all African-American production of Hello Dolly, Freeman segued into television. Many people grew up watching him on the long-running Children’s Television Workshop classic The Electric Company, in which he played the Easy Reader among several recurring characters. Looking for the next challenge, he set his sights on both Broadway and the silver screen simultaneously and quickly began to fill his résumé with memorable performances.

Freeman’s work has continued to earn him accolades, including the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role in Million Dollar Baby in 2005. He also received an Academy Award nomination in 1987 for Best Supporting Actor for Street Smart, in 1994 for Best Actor for The Shawshank Redemption, and in 2010 for Best Actor for Invictus. He also won the Golden Globe for Best Actor for his performance in Driving Miss Daisy in 1990.

Freeman was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards. That same year, he received the 39th AFI Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2000, Freeman received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor for his distinguished acting, and was honored with the Hollywood Actor Award from the Hollywood Film Festival. In 2010, he won the National Board of Review Award for Best Actor for his performance as Nelson Mandela in Invictus. In addition to his Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, he also received a Golden Globe nomination and a Broadcast Critics Association nomination.

Through Revelations Entertainment, a company he co-founded, Freeman is an executive producer on CBS’ Madam Secretary, now in its second season, the host and executive producer for the three-time Emmy nominated series Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, which recently completed its sixth season and will soon be seen hosting the series The Story of God with Morgan Freeman on the National Geographic Channel.

He will next be seen in Focus Features’ London Has Fallen, Warner Bros’ Going in Style, Alfa Films’ Now You See Me 2 and Paramount Pictures’ Ben-Hur.

Freeman is also highly recognized as a narrator and recently completed the IMAX documentary Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, Science Channel’s Stem Cell Universe with Stephen Hawking, and the historical documentary We the People. Past narrations include The LEGO Movie and two Academy Award–winning documentaries, The Long Way Home and March of the Penguins.

In 1973, Freeman co-founded the Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop, which seeks to serve successful playwrights of the new millennium. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Earth Biofuels, a company whose mission is to promote the use of clean-burning fuels, and he also supports Artists for a New South Africa and the Campaign for Female Education. Freeman has been named on the Forbes “Most Trustworthy Celebrities” list each of the five times it has been published since 2006.

The Film Society’s Annual Gala began in 1972 when it honored Charlie Chaplin, who returned to the U.S. from exile to accept the commendation. Since then, the award has been renamed for Chaplin, and has been presented to many of the film industry’s most notable talents, including Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Laurence Olivier, Federico Fellini, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, James Stewart, Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sidney Poitier, Barbra Streisand, and, last year, Robert Redford.

Support for the 43rd Chaplin Award Gala is generously provided by Major Sponsor Jaeger-LeCoultre.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Crosses $900M Domestic Today; $2B Global Tomorrow

February 5th, 2016

Today, in its 50th day of release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is expected to cross the $900 million mark at the domestic box office. It is the only film in history to reach this milestone.

In addition, on Saturday (53rd day of global release), Star Wars: The Force Awakens is expected to reach the $2 billion mark worldwide, becoming only the third film ever to do so and just the second to do it in original release.

“This is a historic moment for Star Wars, for Lucasfilm, and for Disney, and all of us here are extremely gratified to be a part of this journey with fans around the world who have made Star Wars: The Force Awakens such an extraordinary success,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “The film’s achievements are truly astounding, and it’s our great honor to relaunch this cinematic galaxy not only for all the devoted decades-long fans but for a new generation who will keep the Star Wars legacy alive for many years to come.”

Through February 4, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has earned an estimated $899.1 million domestically and $1,095.6 million internationally for a global total of $1,994.7 million. Opening internationally December 16 and domestically December 18, Star Wars: The Force Awakens posted the all-time biggest global and domestic debuts with $528.9 million and $247.9 million respectively. Over the course of its eight-week run, it has set numerous other records, including:

· Biggest domestic preview gross ($57 million)
· Biggest opening day domestically ($119.1 million)
· Biggest domestic second weekend ($149.2 million)
· Biggest domestic third weekend ($90.2 million)
· Biggest opening week domestically ($390.8 million)
· Biggest opening weekend in 18 territories: U.K. (4-day), Australia, Russia, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Austria, Poland (3-day), Denmark (5-day), Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia, Ukraine, Iceland, Serbia, New Zealand
· Fastest film to $1B globally (12 days)
· Biggest film of all time in the U.S. and the U.K.

Directed by J.J. Abrams, written by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt, and produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was named one of AFI’s top ten films of 2015 and has received five Academy Award nominations, for film editing, visual effects, sound editing, sound mixing, and for series composer John Williams’ original score.

The Star Wars Saga continues December 15, 2017, in Star Wars: Episode VIII, picking up in the wake of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Later this year, Rogue One, a new adventure detailing events prior to Star Wars: A New Hope, takes flight on December 16, 2016.

“Sun Valley Film Festival Announces 2016 Feature Film Slate” Little Giants and The Man Who Knew Infinity to Open the Festival, I Saw the Light to Close

February 5th, 2016

The 2016 Sun Valley Film Festival (SVFF), presented by Zions Bank, announces the feature film slate for the Festival, March 2-6. The 5th annual SVFF offers five days of film screenings, featuring world premieres, shorts, narratives, and documentaries from around the globe.

In addition to screening over 60 cutting-edge films, the SVFF will offer engaging Coffee Talks with top industry insiders including legendary filmmaker Oliver Stone, (recipient of the 2016 SVFF Lifetime Vision Award), fabulous parties and panels, a Screenwriters Lab led by award-winning writers Mark Duplass and Nat Faxon, and the spectacular SVFF Awards Bash. The combination of cutting-edge programming and bona-fide insider access in a fun, relaxed atmosphere is making the Sun Valley Film Festival a rising star in the world of destination festivals. This coming March, filmmakers from around the world will bring their vision to the Sun Valley Film Festival, and movie lovers are invited to watch it come into focus. For Sun Valley Film Festival details, visit: www.sunvalleyfilmfestival.org.

The following is the carefully curated slate of 2016 SVFF feature films. Little Giants and The Man Who Knew Infinity will open the Festival, and I Saw the Light will be the closing night film. The film slate can also be viewed here. Additional films, including the slate of selected short films, will be announced listed on the festival website at a later date.

Narrative Fiction

DON’T WORRY BABY
Director/Writer: Julian Branciforte
Producers: Nick Shore, Brendan McHugh, Thomas Kaier, Sam Harper, Jean-Raphael Ambron
Cast: John Magaro, Christopher McDonald, Dreama Walker, Tom Lipinski, Talia Balsam, Britt Lower, Phil Burke

A father and son unknowingly sleep with the same woman, then four years later compete over the paternity of a child either of them could be the father of.
88 min./U.S.A.

EYE IN THE SKY
Director: Gavin Hood
Writer: Guy Hibbert
Producers: Ged Doherty, Colin Firth, David Lancaster
Cinematography: Haris Zambarloukos
Cast: Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi, Jeremy Northam, Iain Glen

EYE IN THE SKY stars Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell, a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from “capture” to “kill.” But as American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone, triggering an international dispute reaching the highest levels of US and British government over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare.
102 min./United Kingdom

FROM AFAR [DESDE ALLÁ]
Director/Writer: Lorenzo Vigas
Based on a Story by: Guillermo Arriaga
Producers: Guillermo Arriaga, Rodolfo Cova, Michel Franco
Cast: Alfredo Castro, Luis Silva, Jericó Montilla

Armando, a 50 year old man, seeks young men in Caracas and pays them just for company. One day he meets Elder, a 17 year old boy that is the leader of a criminal gang, and that meeting changes their lives forever.
93 min./Venezuela, Mexico

I SAW THE LIGHT
Director/Writer: Marc Abraham
Based on the Book, “Hank Williams: The Biography”
Producers: Marc Abraham, Aaron L. Gilbert, Brett Ratner, G. Marq Roswell
Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, David Krumholtz, Bradley Whitford, Cherry Jones

I Saw the Light tells the story of Hank Williams, the iconic, influential country singer and songwriter of the 1940’s and early 50’s whose meteoric rise and fall, including his death at age 29, has become part of American folklore. Writer-director Marc Abraham has created a compelling, historically accurate narrative of Hank’s career that examines his tormented creative genius and the turbulent domestic life that inspired him to write some of his best-known songs. By literally going back in time, you see Hank as he was, living his life on his terms, battling his demons and ultimately creating music for the ages.
123 min./U.S.A.

KRISHA
Director/Writer: Trey Edward Shults
Producers: Justin R. Chan, Wilson Smith, Chase Joliet, Trey Edward Shults
Cast: Krisha Fairchild, Robyn Fairchild, Bill Wise, Chris Doubek, Olivia Grace Applegate, Chase Joliet, Trey Edward Shults

Winner of both the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at the 2015 South-by-Southwest Film Festival, and official selection of Critics’ Week at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Krisha is the story of a woman’s return to the family she abandoned years before, set entirely over the course of one turbulent Thanksgiving. When Krisha shows up at her sister’s Texas home on Thanksgiving morning, her close and extended family greet her with a mixture of warmth and wariness. Almost immediately, a palpable unease permeates the air, one which only grows in force as Krisha gets to work cooking the turkey and trying to make up for lost time by catching up with her various relatives, chief among them her nephew, Trey. As Krisha’s attempts at reconciliation become increasingly rebuffed, tension and suspicion reach their peak, with long-buried secrets and deep-seated resentments coming to the fore as everyone becomes immersed in an emotionally charged familial reckoning.
83 min./U.S.A.

LOST & FOUND
Director: Joseph Itaya
Writers: Erik Cardona, Joseph Itaya
Producers: Kim Selby, Scott Bridges
Cast: Justin Kelly, Benjamin Stockham, Cary Elwes, Jason Patric

After getting caught stealing, Andy and his younger brother Mark are sent to their estranged uncle on a mysterious island. They soon discover that their eccentric grandfather vanished without a trace decades earlier, taking with him the secret to a vast fortune. Delving into the mysteries of the island, the boys find clues to a complex treasure hunt, a hunt that could lead to unimaginable wealth and heal their broken family – if they can find it in time. As the adventure unfolds, the boys learn that the bonds of brotherhood are the most valuable riches of all, and that some family secrets can’t stay buried forever.
90 min./U.S.A.

LOUDER THAN BOMBS
Director: Joachim Trier
Writers: Eskil Vogt, Joachim Trier
Producers: Ron Yerxa, Marc Turtletaub, Joshua Astrachan, Albert Berger, Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Thomas Robsahm
Cast: Gabriel Byrne, Isabelle Huppert, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Ryan, David Strathairn, Devon Druid

An upcoming exhibition celebrating photographer Isabelle Reed three years after her untimely death, brings her eldest son Jonah back to the family house – forcing him to spend more time with his father Gene and withdrawn younger brother Conrad than he has in years. With the three of them under the same roof, Gene tries desperately to connect with his two sons, but they struggle to reconcile their feelings about the woman they remember so differently.
109 min./Norway, France, Denmark

MA
Writer/Director: Celia Rowlson-Hall
Producers: Lauren Smitelli, Aaron Schnobrich
Cinematographer: Ian Bloom
Cast: Celia Rowlson-Hall, Andrew Pastides, Amy Seimetz

In this modern-day vision of Mother Mary’s pilgrimage, a woman crosses the scorched landscape of the American Southwest. Reinvented and told entirely through movement, the film playfully deconstructs the role of this woman, who encounters a world full of bold characters that are alternately terrifying and sublime. MA is a journey into the visceral and the surreal, interweaving ritual, performance, and the body as sculpture. The absence of dialogue stirs the senses, and leads us to imagine a new ending to this familiar journey. The virgin mother gives birth to our savior, but is also challenged to save herself.
85 min./U.S.A.

MILES AHEAD
Director: Don Cheadle
Writers: Don Cheadle, Steven Baigelman
Producers: Darryl Porter, Vince Wilburn Jr., Daniel Wagner, Robert Ogden Barnum, Don Cheadle
Cast: Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Lakeith Lee Stanfield, Michael Stuhlbarg

Inspired by events in Miles Davis’s life, this is a wildly entertaining, impressionistic, no-holds-barred portrait of one of twentieth-century music’s creative geniuses. Holed up in his Manhattan apartment, wracked with pain from a variety of ailments, sweating for the next check from his record company, and dodging sycophants and industry executives, Davis is haunted by memories of old glories, humiliations, and of his years with Frances Taylor, his great love.
100 min./U.S.A.

MY FRIEND’S RUBBER DUCKY
Director: Josh Hyde
Writers: Josh Hyde, Travis Irvine
Producers: Claire Connelly, Dan Fischer, PJ Fishwick
Cast: Jordan Kenneth Kamp, Alex Hardaway, Rinska Carrasco, Kenneth Yoder

Two old college buddies, Joseph and Oliver, reconnect over drinks, eventually arguing about an unpaid debt. Joseph demands the money, unsuccessfully, and then locks Oliver in a closet. He convinces his hipster girlfriend and stoner roommate to help extort the money from Oliver. The rules are simple – “No money. No food. No bathroom.”
74 min./U.S.A.
* WORLD PREMIERE

THE FITS
Director: Anna Rose Holmer
Writers: Anna Rose Holmer, Saela Davis, Lisa Kjerulff
Producers: Lisa Kjerulff, Anna Rose Holmer
Cast: Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett, Da’Sean Minor, Lauren Gibson, Makyla Burnam, Inayah Rodgers

Eleven-year-old tomboy Toni (a showstopping Royalty Hightower) is bewitched by the tight-
knit dance team she sees practicing in the same Cincinnati gymnasium where she boxes. Enamored by the power and confidence of the strong community of girls, Toni spends less and less time boxing with her older brother, and instead eagerly absorbs the dance routines and masters drills from a distance, and even pierces her own ears in an effort to fit in. But when a mysterious outbreak of fainting spells plagues the team, Toni’s desire for acceptance becomes more complicated. Gorgeously shot and with a mesmerizing score, THE FITS is a transformative experience and a marvelous portrait of adolescence.
72 min./U.S.A., Italy

THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY
Director/Writer: Matthew Brown
Based on the biography by Robert Kanigel
Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Jim Young, Joe Thomas, Matthew Brown, Sofia Sondervan, Jon Katz
Cast: Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Devika Bhise, Stephen Fry, Toby Jones, Jeremy Northam

Based on the untold story of one of the greatest minds of his generation, The Man Who Knew Infinity charts the incredible life of Srinivasa Ramanujan (Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel), whose genius for mathematics takes him from the slums of India to Cambridge University in the early 20th-century. Spurred on by his mentor G. H. Hardy (Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons), Ramanujan overcomes racism and the rigidity of academia to revolutionize the field with his startlingly original theorems, which he attributes to divine inspiration. Driven by the engaging rapport between Patel and Irons as two vastly different men who find common ground in the world of numbers, The Man Who Knew Infinity is a fascinating look at how an unlikely, cross-cultural friendship changed the world.
114 min./United Kingdom
* US PREMIERE

VIRGIN MOUNTAIN [FÚSI]
Director/Writer: Dagur Kári
Producers: Agnes Johansen, Baltasar Kormákur
Cinematography: Rasmus Videbæk
Cast: Gunnar Jónsson, Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir, Sigurjón Kjartansson

Fúsi is in his forties and yet to find courage to enter the adult world. He sleepwalks through everyday life, where routine is key. When a bubbly woman and an 8-year old girl unexpectedly enter his life, he is forced to take a leap.
94 min./Iceland, Denmark

Documentary

ABOVE AND BELOW
Director/Writer: Nicolas Steiner
Producers: Helge Albers, Brigitte Hofer, Cornelia Seitler

This not-quite-documentary takes place far away and out of sight, on the margins and off the grid of American society. It tells the stories of April, Dave, Cindy, Rick, and a man who calls himself ‘the Godfather.’ From a couple scraping by in the depths of the flood channels located beneath Sin City, to a man living in a reclaimed military bunker in the middle of the dusty California desert, and beyond even the stratosphere, to a place where Mars and Earth have become one and the same place, this motley crew of individuals have been flung into periling circumstances on this rollercoaster ride called life. Through the hustle, pain, and laughter, we are whisked away to an unfamiliar world whose inhabitants are revealed to be souls not unlike our very own.
110 min./U.S.A.

AMERICAN EPIC: OUT OF THE MANY THE ONE
Director: Bernard MacMahon
Produced by: T Bone Burnett, Robert Redford, Jack White
Created by: Allison McGourty, Bernard MacMahon, Duke Erikson
Producers: Adam Block, Duke Erikson, Bill Holderman, Allison McGourty, Bernard MacMahon
Narrator: Robert Redford

Two British filmmakers, Bernard MacMahon and Allison McGourty, and American Producer Duke Erikson have pieced together this extraordinary story set in the late 1920’s when record companies toured America with a recording machine and for the first time captured the raw expression of an emerging culture. It democratized music and gave a voice to the poorest in the nation. The filmmakers follow the machine’s trail across the United States to rediscover the families whose music was recorded, music that would lead to the development of blues, country, gospel, Hawaiian, Cajun and folk music – without which there would be no rock, pop, R&B or hip hop today. Part of a larger body of work, comprising four films under the banner American Epic the remarkable lives of these seminal musicians are revealed through previously unseen film footage, unpublished photographs, and exclusive interviews with some of the last living witnesses to that era, when the musical strands of a diverse nation first emerged, sparking a cultural revolution whose reverberations are felt to this day.
In American Epic: Out Of The Many The One, the filmmakers travel deep into the Hopi nation and its music, explore the origins of Hawaiian slack-key guitar, discover the hybrid of cultures in Tejano music, and head through bayou country and it Cajun music, ending in Avalon, the delta blues and its innovator, Mississippi John Hurt.
87 min./U.S.A.
* WORLD PREMIERE

BEHIND THE INDIANAPOLIS 500 WITH PARNELLI JONES
Directors: Annie Walker, Travis Knox
Producers: Annie Walker, Travis Knox

Each May hundreds of thousands of race fans flock to The Indianapolis Motor Speedway to participate in the world’s largest single day sporting event. Over the past century The Indianapolis 500 has become a month long affair culminating in a grueling race where winners are made, hearts are broken and legends are born. Parnelli Jones has wins in NASCAR, Baja 1000, Trans Am and countless more. But like all racers, it’s his victories in Indianapolis that have defined his career. Join Parnelli as he takes us for an in depth, behind the scenes look, at “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing”.
46 min./U.S.A.
* WORLD PREMIERE

CAN WE TAKE A JOKE
Director: Ted Balaker
Producers: Courtney Balaker, Ted Balaker
Executive Producers: Phil Harvey, AC Bushnell, Greg Lukianoff
Narrated by: Christina Pazsitzky
Featuring: Gilbert Gottfried, Penn Jillette, Jim Norton, Lisa Lampanelli, Adam Corolla, Heather McDonald, Karith Foster, Jon Ronson, Jonathan Rauch

In the age of social media, outrage has become commonplace. While individuals have always found something to be offended by, their ability to organize a groundswell of opposition to – and public censure of – their offender has never been more powerful. Can We Take A Joke? offers a thought-provoking and wry exploration of outrage culture through the lens of stand-up comedy, with notables like Gilbert Gottfried, Lisa Lampanelli, and Adam Carolla detailing its stifling impact on free speech and the exchange of ideas.
75 min./U.S.A.

NAT GEO WILD’S LITTLE GIANT
Executive Producers: Emre Izat, Geoff Luck
Producer/Writer: Tom Barton-Humphreys
Producer: Bob Poole
Narrator: Chris Jackson

Imagine a baby elephant’s view of the herd: a forest of giant legs and trunks, constant elephant chatter, and the unending search for food and water. This intimate view provides a unique opportunity to experience the life of a herd through the stories of individuals: characters with backstories, personalities, quirks and desires. Working on the ground with leading elephant behavior experts and the best natural history filmmakers, Little Giant takes you into the thick of the action at the herd’s big social events — the knock-down fights, emotional reunions and joyful births.
48 min./U.S.A.
* WORLD PREMIERE

NAT GEO WILD’S UNLIKELY ANIMAL FRIENDS
Executive Producer: David M. Frank
Writer: Jen Ciraldo
Narrator: Mike Secher

Never doubt the power of friendship. Sometimes man’s best friend is not who you think it is, and sometimes predator and prey bond in the most unexpected ways. Rats cuddling cats, dogs adopting goats, horses leading the blind and many more. With a special introduction from 2014 National Geographic Expedition Granted winner Charlie Engelman and Filipe DeAndrade, 2015 winner of Nat Geo WILD’s second annual Wild to Inspire short film competition, we search out the most unique, most surprising and most loving in Nat Geo WILD’s popular Unlikely Animal Friends.
45 min./U.S.A.
*WORLD PREMIERE

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL’S THE STORY OF GOD WITH MORGAN FREEMAN
The Story of God with Morgan Freeman, will take viewers on a trip around the world to explore different cultures and religions on the ultimate quest to uncover the meaning of life, God and all the questions in between. As a whole, The Story of God with Morgan Freeman seeks to understand how religion has evolved throughout the course of civilization, and in turn, how religion has shaped the evolution of society. This is a quest for God: to shed light on the questions that have puzzled, terrified and inspired mankind, not to mention Freeman himself.
Each episode of The Story of God with Morgan Freeman is centered on a different big question about the divine: Creation, Who is God?, Evil, Miracles, End of Days, Resurrection.
To explore each of these topics, host and narrator Freeman went on the ground to some of humanity’s greatest religious sites, including Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall, India’s Bodhi Tree, Mayan temples in Guatemala and the pyramids of Egypt.
45 min./U.S.A.
* WORLD PREMIERE

ROMEO IS BLEEDING
Director: Jason Zeldes
Producer: Michael Klein
Featuring: Donté Clark, D’neise Robinson, Molly Raynor, DeAndre Evans

A fatal turf war between neighborhoods haunts the city of Richmond, CA. Donté Clark transcends the violence in his hometown by writing poetry about his experiences. Using his voice to inspire those around him, he and the like-minded youth of the city mount an urban adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, with the hope of starting a real dialogue about violence in the city. Will Richmond force Donté to compromise his idealistic ambitions? Or will Donté end Richmond’s cycle of trauma?
93 min./U.S.A.

THE BABUSHKAS OF CHERNOBYL
Directors: Holly Morris, Anne Bogart
Producers: Holly Morris, Anne Bogart

In the radioactive Dead Zone surrounding Chernobyl’s Reactor No. 4, a defiant community of women scratches out an existence on some of the most toxic land on Earth. They share this hauntingly beautiful but lethal landscape with an assortment of visitors– scientists, soldiers, and even ‘stalkers’ — young thrill-seekers who sneak in to pursue post-apocalyptic video game-inspired fantasies. Why the women chose to return after the disaster – defying the authorities and endangering their health – is a remarkable tale about the pull of home, the healing power of shaping one’s destiny, and the subjective nature of risk.
71 min./Ukraine

In Theaters February 5, 2016

February 5th, 2016

    SOUTHBOUND 

SOUTHBOUND Release PosterWeary travellers confront their worst nightmares — and darkest secrets — over one long night on a desolate stretch of desert highway in this spooky anthology that merges five tales of death and mayhem on the open road.

Mitch and Jack are on the run from their past when they turn up, blood-splattered, at a lonely roadside diner; an all-girl rock group called Siren must rely on the kindness of strangers when their tour van breaks down at the side of the road; a harried business-man is desperate for help from an unusual 911 operator in the aftermath of a car accident; a frantic gunman bursts into a bar demanding to know the whereabouts of a girl in a photograph; all hell breaks loose when masked men interrupt a family vacation.

  

    PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES 

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES Release PosterA zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in this reimagining of Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) is a fierce zombie killer, yet the epitome of upper class prejudice. As the zombie outbreak intensifies, they must swallow their pride and join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield in order to conquer the undead once and for all.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES TRAILER

  

    REGRESSION 

REGRESSION Release PosterMinnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories and what they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery.

  

    MONDAY AT 11:01 AM 

MONDAY AT 11:01 AM Release PosterA weekend getaway to a picturesque resort town turns into an unrelenting nightmare of suspense in MONDAY AT 11:01 A.M., a thriller that stars Charles Agron (Dark House), Briana Evigan (Step Up 2 the Streets), Lance Henriksen (Aliens) and Lauren Shaw (Zero Dark Thirty). Harvey Lowry (Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage) directs from a script by Agron, who also produces through his Charles Agron Productions. Filmed on location in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

  

    4TH MAN OUT 

4TH MAN OUT Release Poster4TH MAN OUT stars stars Parker Young (“Arrow”), Evan Todd (“Switched at Birth”), Kate Flannery (“The Office”), Chord Overstreet (“Glee”) and Jon Gabrus (“Comedy Bang! Bang!”). A hilarious mash-up of man-child and coming-out comedies, the film examines a small-town, blue-collar guy who lets his friends know he’s gay – and what happens when they try to help him find a boyfriend. Both brashly funny and daring in its exploration of the kind of gay man we rarely see on the big screen, the film enjoyed a run at the Seattle Film Festival and also played at Outfest where it won “Best Dramatic Feature” as well as Toronto’s Inside Out where it was awarded “Best Narrative Feature.”

  

    HAIL, CAESAR! 

HAIL, CAESAR! Release PosterFour-time Oscar®-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, True Grit, Fargo) write and direct Hail, Caesar!, an all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum, Hail, Caesar! follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.

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  THE CHOICE 

THE CHOICE Release PosterTHE CHOICE tells the story of Travis Shaw and Gabby Holland, who meet first as neighbors in a small coastal town and end up pursuing a relationship that neither could have foreseen. Spanning a decade and tracing the evolution of a love affair that is ultimately tested by life’s most defining events, this story features a memorable ensemble of friends and family in Sparks’ beloved North Carolina setting, culminating in the question that every couple must ask themselves: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

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  ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME 

ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME Release PosterRevolves around an uptight woman named Maggie (Parker) and her former Italian lover, Luca, who go on a road trip across scenic Italy pursuing Maggie’s rebellious teenage daughter who tries desperately to return to New York while Luca’s mother is on a secret mission of love.

  

  

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  MISCONDUCT  

MISCONDUCT  Release PosterAn ambitious lawyer (Josh Duhamel) finds himself caught in a power struggle between a corrupt pharmaceutical executive (Anthony Hopkins) and his firm’s senior partner (Al Pacino). When the case takes a deadly turn, he must race to uncover the truth before he loses everything.