The feature-length drama Trafficked: A Parent’s Worst Nightmarewill be released on DVD and Digital HD Jan. 26, during Human Trafficking Awareness Month, by Virgil Films.
Directed by Joel Paul Reisig and written by Reisig, George Sunders, and Scott Voshel, Trafficked is based on actual stories of American families who have had their lives uprooted after a child has been abducted and trafficked.
The story follows Allison Riley (Sophie Bolen, The Horse Dance, Rodeo Girl), a beautiful young girl with a bright future and a dream of becoming a veterinarian. On the eve of her 16th birthday, she sneaks out of her house to meet a handsome boy she met online and disappears. Her parents, Joanna (Kristy Swanson, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) and Case (Mark Boyd, Whip It, “12 Monkeys”), contact the police who assume that Allison is just out with a boyfriend. They reluctantly hire private investigator John Belton (Dean Cain, “Lois and Clark,” God’s Not Dead), who has a reputation for making his own rules. Belton quickly discovers that Allison has likely been trafficked by a young man she met online and that he’s on a race against time if the Rileys hope to see their daughter again.
“Awareness is the first step towards putting an end to these atrocities in our world,” Bob Elder, president of distributor Collide Media Group, said in a statement. “Trafficked is a heart-pounding feature film reminding us of how urgent this topic is and why we need to act now.”
Lionsgate will release the Dove-approved family adventure Agent Toby Barks on DVD, digital and on-demand April 14.
In the movie, two kids learn their dog Toby (voiced by Jon Lovitz) is a secret agent working for the U.S. government, and join forces with him to rescue their aunt, who also is a spy, from a mad villain who wants to use her inventions to rule the world.
The cast also includes Dean Cain.
The DVD will include a “Meet Agent Toby Barks’s Four-Legged Star” featurette.
The docudrama Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer will be released via digital retailers and on demand Jan. 22, followed by DVD Feb. 5 from Alliance Entertainment and GVN Releasing.
Character actor Nick Searcy directs the story of the arrest and trial of Kermit Gosnell, who was labeled “America’s most prolific serial killer” by ABC News after being convicted of murder for the deaths of three infants who were born alive after attempted abortions, and involuntary manslaughter of a woman during an abortion procedure.
Dean Cain stars as lead detective James Wood, who uncovers Gosnell’s operation after a routine raid while checking into possible illegal prescription drug sales. Wood and district attorney Alexis McGuire (Sarah Jane Morris) dig deeper into the landmark murder case, resulting in a trial that became a lightning rod for controversy. Earl Billings plays Gosnell.
A crowdfunding campaign raised $2.3 million to make the film, which earned $3.7 million at the domestic box office.
DVD extras include behind-the-scenes featurettes, with interviews of the filmmakers and the real-life investigators.