Heist Thriller ‘The Score,’ Comedy ‘Green Ghost’ Among Titles Due on DVD and VOD From Gravitas Ventures in June

The heist thriller The Score, the documentary followup The House in Between Part 2, and the comedy Green Ghost and the Masters of the Stone are among the titles available on VOD and DVD in June.

Available June 10 on VOD and DVD is The Score. Starring Will Poulter, Naomi Ackie and Johnny Flynn and directed by Malachi Smyth, The Score combines heist-thriller suspense with offbeat romance. In the film, two small-time crooks, Mike (Flynn) and Troy (Poulter), are on a mission — the “score” — that they both expect will transform their circumstances. At a roadside café, as they wait for a rendezvous hand-over, Troy falls in love with the waitress, Gloria (Ackie), and begins to question his life choices while the threat of real danger is driving to meet them.

The House in Between Part 2 is being released June 21 on VOD and DVD. The film takes up after Alice Jackson left her home due to a profound paranormal experience and world renown paranormal investigator Steve Gonsalves takes on the case making it his personal mission to help her face her fears so she can move back into her home.This film is the much anticipated follow up to the documentary The House in Between. The continuation of the story shows a detailed look at one of the most haunted homes in America and the real-life struggles of Jackson and the team working to help her get back into her home. 

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In Harmony, due June 24 on VOD and DVD, Sophia, a wounded soldier, suspects the medical facility the military placed her in isn’t really for her recovery, but something far more devious. Codenamed Harmony, the facility is in fact a government program to create telepathy. The film stars Marili Mejias, Jessica Inzeo, Mark Frazier, Pry’ce Jaymes, Jessica Gondwe and Elliot Bales.

In the comedy Green Ghost and the Masters of the Stone, available on VOD and DVD June 28, in a Texas border town, car salesman Charlie (Charlie Clark) moonlights as a masked Lucha libre wrestler going by the name “Green Ghost.” When unknown assailants arrive seeking an otherworldly emerald, Charlie discovers that he has super powers. As he learns to fight from the unconventional Master Gin (Danny Trejo), Charlie is told that he’s part of a secret warrior “triad of light” with his childhood friend Marco (Kuno Becker) and Marco’s sister Karina (Sofia Pernas) led by La Nana (Renee Victor). Together, they’ve been chosen to protect humanity from Drake (Marko Zaror), the embodiment of the Mayan apocalypse. As a stargate is opened in a Mexican pyramid, Drake seeks the power to destroy humankind — and Charlie, linked to the power of the emerald, is the only one who can stop him.

The drama A Beautiful Curse, available June 28 on VOD and DVD, a whole island affected by an unexplainable sleep phenomenon is closed off from the mainland. Photographer Samuel heads there, undetected to document the events, whereupon he finds Stella deep in slumber, and his attraction grows. He soon discovers the sleep affliction is more dangerous and personal than expected.

Gravitas Ventures Appoints Chris Horton Senior Director of Business Development

Gravitas Ventures, an Anthem Sports and Entertainment company, has appointed film veteran Chris Horton senior director of business development.

Horton reports to Gravitas president Michael Murphy.

In his newly-created role, Horton will be responsible for developing original IP to further bolster the content libraries of Gravitas and Anthem properties — driving the media companies’ mission to create and distribute content across multiple platforms. The new IP will be produced for AVOD and FAST channel platforms, complementing the company’s already-existing roster of FAST channels that includes AXS TV Now, IMPACT! Wrestling, Gravitas Movies, Gravitas Documentaries, Gravitas Adrenaline, Fight Network, Unexplained and Inside Sportfishing.

Horton has more than 20 years of experience across every facet of the independent film landscape — ranging from financing and production to sales and distribution. Before joining Gravitas, he spent nine years with the Sundance Institute, where he founded and led the Creative Distribution Initiative. While there, Horton also spearheaded the marketing and distribution efforts for more than 200 films, including Columbus, Unrest and Thunder Road. Prior to joining Sundance, Horton served as the head of acquisitions for independent distributor FilmBuff, where he acquired more than 300 films. He spent his early career working with John Sloss’ Cinetic Media.

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“It’s thrilling to be working with Nolan, Michael, and the rest of the Gravitas team,” Horton said in a statement. “I’ve known and admired them for years, and am excited to implement and drive new content strategies to help the company grow.” 

“As we continue to produce new FAST channels in a dynamic global environment, adding senior talent with strong experience as entertainment executives with a solid foundational understanding of how to connect the dots becomes more and more crucial,” Murphy said in a statement. “If you know Gravitas, you know Chris was cut from a similar cloth, making him the perfect complement to our team. It’s great to have an immediate shorthand with a new teammate and it’s been fun to watch Chris triangulate on viable commercial opportunities right out of the gate. We could not be more excited to have him onboard.”

Doc ‘Fair Play’ Available On Demand From Gravitas Ventures July 8

Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to distribute Hello Sunshine’s documentary Fair Play and will release it in select theaters and on demand on July 8.

About the unequal division of labor in the home, the documentary is based on the New York Times bestselling book of the same name from author Eve Rodsky.

Directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom and featuring interviews with Melinda Gates, C. Nicole Mason and Congresswoman Katie Porter, Fair Play takes viewers into the homes of real families that are on a journey to balance their home life. It doesn’t take long to realize that they aren’t really fighting about dishes in the sink. They are fighting about much bigger issues, problems that affect millions of couples and families across the globe. Immersed in these couples’ lives, the viewer sees their struggles, but also their triumphs. They learn how communication and a plan can have a life-changing impact, creating more connectedness with the most important people in their lives — their families.

“The home presents so small but it speaks to a much larger issue which is about reframing the value of time,” said the book’s author Rodsky in a statement. “Is an hour holding your child’s hand in the pediatrician’s office as valuable as an hour in the boardroom? We believe it is. This film aims to spark a conversation that fosters true fairness and healthy partnerships, starting with our most important organization, the home.”

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“Gravitas is proud to partner with Hello Sunshine in the release of Fair Play in theaters and on VOD this summer,” Bill Guentzler, senior director of acquisitions, said in a statement. “We feel that this documentary can be a game-changer for many people by smartly and entertainingly digging into the dilemma facing many households today, balancing tasks and responsibilities.”

Doc ‘The Quest: Nepal’ Headed to Digital May 24 From Gravitas Ventures

Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to the documentary The Quest: Nepal and will release it on TVOD/digital platforms May 24 timed to International Everest Day May 29.

It follows filmmaker and host Alex Harz’s personal journey through the culture of Nepal, including his harrowing climb of Mt. Everest. The film is a quest to deeper understand and climb the most iconic mountain in the world while unveiling the fascinating culture, history and nature of Nepal. Viewers visit one of the most surreal cities on earth, Kathmandu, before embarking with the climbers on the expedition in the film.

“I summited at 12:30 p.m. Nepal time on May 21, and had the whole summit to myself for 45 minutes alongside my climbing partner and Sherpa brother, Tashi Sherpa (as seen in The Quest: Nepal),” filmmaker and climber Harz said in a statement. “This is not only unheard of to have the whole upper mountain and summit to yourself, but was completely unexpected and unplanned for as well. The opportunity to bring this first-hand, life changing experience to audiences is a gift I’m truly grateful to offer.” 

International Everest Day commemorates the first time Everest was successfully summited on May 29, 1953, by Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay of Nepal, which is referenced in the film. Tashi and Harz  were all alone like Hillary and Norgay were back in 1953.

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The Quest: Nepal has won awards at the Buenos Aires International Film Festival, New York International Film Awards, Santa Monica Film Festival, Accolade Competition, Barcelona International Film Festival, Europe Film Festival U.K. (EFFUK), Las Vegas International Film & Screenplay Festival, Silk Road Film Awards Cannes and the Vegas Movie Awards.

Gravitas to Release Romantic Comedy ‘Most Guys Are Losers’ Via On Demand July 1

Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide rights to distribute Most Guys Are Losers and will release the film in theaters and on demand on July 1.

Written and directed by Eric Ustian, the romantic comedy stars Andy Buckley, Keith David, Mira Sorvino, Grace Fulton, Paul Sorvino and Belmont Camelli. 

In the film, over Thanksgiving weekend in Chicago, a college kid from California seeks approval from his girlfriend’s dad, a bar owner and author of a dating book titled Most Guys Are Losers.

Most Guys Are Losers is a classic romantic comedy that fans of the genre are sure to love. Gravitas is thrilled to be able to share it with audiences this summer,” said  Brett Rogalsky, Gravitas Ventures manager of acquisitions, in a statement.

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“To work with the Oscar Winner Mira Sorvino and her dad, Paul, was an honor,” Ustian said in a statement. “Andy Buckley combines the comedic timing from his role in ‘The Office,’ with a heartfelt and nuanced performance. Thank you to the ensemble cast that includes the iconic Keith David, along with young rising stars Grace Fulton, Belmont Camile and Michael Provost. When you work with actors with such experience and talent, it is a joy to be on set, and it transcends to our heartwarming film.”

Doc ‘End of the Line’ Available on Digital and on Demand June 14 From Gravitas Ventures

The feature documentary End of the Line will be released on digital and cable on demand June 14 from Gravitas Ventures.

The film, from award-winning filmmaker Emmett Adler, is about the New York City subway crisis and a long overdue reckoning on infrastructure. Establishing the vital economic importance and grandeur of New York City’s historic subway system, the film dives into its dire modern-day troubles picking up in the late 2010s when flooding, overcrowding, power failures and derailments have become commonplace. After a particularly bad spate of disasters in the summer of 2017, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proclaims a state of emergency and hires a new international wunderkind executive named Andy Byford to save the subways. Byford, an earnest Briton with an impressive resume, enters as a charismatic would-be hero.

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As the political turmoil behind the subway’s decline comes into sharp focus, scenes in barbershops, bodegas and bakeries show the frustration and devastation among business owners and residents who are caught in the middle. Ultimately, the COVID-19 pandemic makes things worse and brings to light America’s need to shore up its infrastructure in cities across the country and the inequality struggles that are central to this debate. 

The film is dedicated to the heroic New York City transit workers who lost their lives to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gravitas Ventures Acquires Rights to Thriller ‘Glimpse,’ Due on Demand May 6

Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide rights to the thriller Glimpse, which will be released in theaters and on demand on May 6. 

Written and directed by Theresa Rebeck, the film stars Janet McTeer, Raul Esparza, Erin Darke, Carrie Preston, Jonathan Preston, Michael Emerson, Alysia Reiner, David Alan Basche, Ashley Nicole Black, Krysta Rodriguez, Van Hughes and Joseph Collins.

The ensemble thriller explores a sinister world where corporate espionage reaches into the homes and minds of its employees. Panic rises as lives are compromised and controlled by a ruthless oligarch who manipulates reality with unsettling pleasure. 

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“We actually shot the movie on an iPhone during the early days of the pandemic, when everyone in this amazing cast was under quarantine, so the shoot itself was a bit of a high-wire act,” Rebeck said in a statement. “I am in awe of my cast, and also, my iPhone.”

Glimpse was produced by Andrew Carlberg (Academy Award-Winner Skin, Feeling Through) and Rebeck. Alysia Reiner and David Alan Basche executive produced the film with Roxanne Donovan, Mêlisa Annis and Peter Tadros as co-producers.

Sci-Fi Film ‘Last Words,’ Drama ‘Home’ and Romcom ‘Funny Thing About Love’ on Gravitas Ventures’ February Disc Slate

The drama Home, the romantic comedy Funny Thing About Love and the apocalyptic sci-fi drama Last Words are being released in February on DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Gravitas Ventures.

Directed by Franka Potente, Home, available Feb. 1, follows an ex felon who returns home from prison and must confront the demons of his past. It stars Jake McLaughlin, Kathy Bates, Aisling Franciosi, Lil Rel Howery and Stephen Root.

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Also due Feb. 1 is Funny Thing About Love, directed by Adam White. The story follows Samantha Banks, who is a successful businesswoman with a handsome fiancee. Over one crazy Thanksgiving holiday with her scheming family, her whole world is thrown into a tailspin when they invite her ex-boyfriend, “the one that got away.” The film stars Jon Heder, Barry Corbin, Summer Bellessa, Kevan Moezzi, Jason Gray, Brooke White, Pat Finn, Alaina Beauloye, Taylor Moriarty, Brady Ellsworth and Landen Adams.

 

Available Feb. 15 is Last Words, directed by Jonathan Nossiter and starring Nick Nolte, Stellan Skarsgard and Charlotte Rampling. In the film, it is 2085, and a young man, one of the few survivors of the human community of old, embarks on a long voyage to find others.

 

 

Gravitas Ventures Picks Up N.A. Rights to Doc ‘The End of Medicine’

Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to distribute the documentary The End of Medicine.

The company plans for an early summer release in theaters and in homes.

Executive produced by Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix, The End of Medicine explores the link between treatment of animals and emerging health threats such as pandemics and antibiotic resistance. Documentary filmmaker Keegan Kuhn (Cowspiracy, What the Health) and BAFTA Award-winning director Alex Lockwood (73 Cows, Test Subjects) teamed up with Mara and Phoenix to create the documentary about zoonotic diseases (germs and viruses that spread between human and non-human animals), which threaten the health and lives of the entire human population.

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The End of Medicine began production in October 2019, months before COVID-19 was making headlines around the world. It includes interviews with some of the world’s leading scientists whose research and testimonies conclude that the public health emergency we are presently facing was inevitable and is far from over.

“We are pleased to serve as executive producers of The End of Medicine to raise awareness about the third leading global cause of death — antimicrobial resistance,” Mara and Phoenix said in a statement. “We became fans of director Alex Lockwood after seeing his BAFTA-winning documentary short 73 Cows, and were touched by his thoughtful and determined approach to storytelling. Together with producer Keegan Kuhn (Cowspiracy, What the Health), The End of Medicine explores how dangerously close the human population is to complete antimicrobial resistance, the government’s complicity and collaboration with the animal agriculture industry, and how unprepared we are for what’s to come if we continue to ignore the evidence around us. The animal agriculture industry props up its business of keeping thousands upon thousands of animals housed in soiled conditions by the overuse of antibiotics. We cannot exploit and manipulate other animals on a massive scale without corresponding and terrifying consequences.”

“We have been frustrated with the failure of mainstream media to properly address the threat of disease coming from animal agriculture, both before and during the current pandemic,” said Lockwood and Kuhn. “The End Of Medicine is an alarm bell and warning of what is to come if we don’t change.”

The End of Medicine is an incredibly timely documentary with an important message that directly addresses the relationship between the treatment of animals and pandemics. Gravitas is proud to be able to share it with audiences,” Brett Rogalsky, Gravitas Ventures manager of acquisitions, said in a statement.

Horror Film ‘The Free Fall’ Due in Theaters and On Demand Jan. 14 From Gravitas Ventures

The horror film The Free Fall will be released in theaters and on demand Jan. 14 by Gravitas Ventures.

In the film, Sara finds herself in a house she doesn’t recognize, with a husband she doesn’t remember, and the creeping and foreboding shadows of a previous life closing in. Clues turn up, people, places and vague memories of friends and family, and as Sara tries to piece together the shreds of her missing past, she finds herself in a terrifying struggle for her very survival against the house itself, its occupants and guests. As she uncovers the truth, Sara makes the horrific discovery that her true adversary is far more powerful and intimate than she can possibly understand, and the only way out of this hell is to fall into it.

Directed by Adam Stilwell, the film stars Andrea Londo, Shawn Ashmore and Jane Badler.

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