The documentaries Fair Play, Fittest on Earth: Next Gen and Sh*t Saves the World, as well as the drama Bundles and the thriller Endangered, are available on DVD and VOD from Gravitas Ventures in July.
Due on July 5 is the documentary Fittest on Earth: Next Gen. Directed by Mariah Moore, the film explores the CrossFit Games. When Mat Fraser declared he would retire from competition after the 2020 season, he opened the door to a new wave of challengers. In 2021, new and seasoned competitors marked the 15th year of the Games with 15 events designed to test the limits of human potential and their worthiness to be called the fittest. Amid the surprises, upsets, and staggering displays of incomparable athleticism, Tia-Clair Toomey ticked on with consistency, all while shattering records and securing her place as the most unbeatable athlete in CrossFit Games history. At the 2021 Games, viewers witnessed the return of some of the sport’s greats and the rise of the new initiates — those who will carry the mantle of the Fittest on Earth for the next generation.
In the documentary Fair Play, available July 8, inspired by her New York Times best-selling book of the same name, Eve Rodsky takes viewers on her journey to change the unbalanced care dynamic in her home and society at large. Written, produced and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom (Miss Representation, The Mask You Live In) and in partnership with Hello Sunshine, Fair Play follows three families on their journeys to better balance their home life, illustrating how fights about dirty dishes are actually linked to systemic issues affecting millions of families across the globe. Featuring interviews with Melinda Gates, Ai-jen Poo, Tony Porter and U.S. Representative Katie Porter, Fair Play demonstrates how private lives are public issues and that when the invisible care work historically held by women is made visible, we will achieve a more equitable future for all.
In the drama Bundles, available July 22, when senior picture day takes a turn for the worse, high school senior Morgan Davis, with the help of her friends, is forced to confront her old elementary school bestie and current rival Maria Sanchez. Together, they concoct a plot to exact revenge against Maria — an involuntary, impromptu haircut. In an attempt to get rid of evidence, the girls decide to sell the severed hair. They quickly discover that hair is in very high demand. Before long, what was supposed to be a one-time retribution quickly escalates into a get-rich-quick scheme, and the girls find themselves in a bundle of trouble. Directed by Ryan Jordan and Jeffery Leslie, the film stars Yovanna Harris, Tanisha Cardwell, Naysa Young, Alexis Jacquelyn Smith, Layla Khepri, Imonte Ford, Lisa Renee’ Marshall, Kevin Tan, Nick Scalise, Burke Vidnovic and Karen Culi.
The thriller Endangered debuts July 26. The film follows Alison, a down-on-her-luck young professional who spends her evenings trying to make ends meet as a ride-share driver. Wrapping her shift, she decides to take on one last passenger — only to find herself in unexpected danger when she discovers the mysterious stranger is not what he appears to be. Alison is cajoled into taking the fare against her better judgement, and when she discovers blood-stained jewelry and a gun in his bag, she begins to fear that she may not make it out of the trip alive. Through a twisted turn of events, Alison turns to her enigmatic passenger for help. In over her head, she must get through the night covering her tracks, avoiding the police and discovering who her inscrutable passenger truly is. Directed by Drew Walkup, the film stars Lizzie Zerebko, Michael Olavson, Edward Craig, Ryan Forrestal and Sam Lukowski.
The documentary Sh*t Saves the World is available July 5. Directed by Troy Hale, the film is a humorous take on our impact on the Earth, exploring serious topics in an environmental documentary format. The project brings to light subjects that are not often discussed — at least not at the dinner table.