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Documentary ‘All These Sons’ Available on VOD From Gravitas Ventures

Documentary ‘All These Sons’ Available on VOD From Gravitas Ventures

Gravitas Ventures, an Anthem Sports & Entertainment company, has acquired exclusive VOD distribution rights in the United States and Canada to All These Sons — available now on VOD.

The sophomore documentary of Academy and Emmy Award-nominated director Bing Liu (Minding the Gap) and feature directorial debut of award-winning editor Joshua Altman premiered at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won Best Cinematography, Documentary Feature. 

All These Sons is a compassionate look at two Chicago groups dedicated to educating and empowering young Black individuals on Chicago’s South and West sides. The programs attempt to disrupt the conditions that produce violence in the first place by holistically investing in the young people most at risk of being victims or perpetrators of gun violence through street outreach, life coaching, education, employment and more.

“This documentary is vital because it adds the rich and complex human dimension to the ‘gun violence epidemic’ narrative in Chicago,” Marshall Hatch Jr., executive director of the MAAFA Redemption Project, one of the organizations highlighted in the film, said in a statement. “The young men and women at the center of the film, the historical context that informs their neighborhood conditions, and the creative community-led solutions that are bubbling up are important ingredients to the current national discourse around ‘public safety.’”

Filmmakers Liu and Altman follow three program participants — Shamont, Zay and Charles — as they wrestle with their pasts and, with the guidance of their mentors, construct a better future.

“The film makes clear that the genius and promise of Chicago’s young people are key to moving us forward,” Hatch Jr. added. “For this reason, the response to the film has been largely the same. There is a real sense of hope for an issue that often feels intractable.”

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Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is managing partner of Chicago CRED, an organization committed to reducing gun violence in Chicago that works with many of the participants highlighted in the film.

“The film elevates the voices of individuals at risk who are putting down their guns and changing their lives,” he said in a statement. “To those still caught up in lives of violence, this film shows what’s possible.”

“We went in wanting to draw attention towards the work being done to uplift communities on Chicago’s South and West sides as an alternative way of addressing the gun violence there,” filmmakers Liu and Altman said in a statement. “Throughout our time filming, we were reminded of the historical oppression folks in these communities have faced but also inspired by their resilience and the lessons of forgiveness and Sankofa — reaching back to the past in order to construct a better future.”

All These Sons is produced by Concordia Studio, Zak Piper, Kelsey Carr, Bing Liu and Joshua Altman. The film is executive produced by Davis Guggenheim, Laurene Powell Jobs, Nicole Stott, Jonathan Silberberg, Rahdi Taylor and Shannon Dill. Carina Nieto is co-producer.

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