Gravitas Ventures to Release Doc ‘Hood River’ in Theaters and On Demand Sept. 10

Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American distribution rights to the Stick Figure soccer documentary Hood River and will release the film in theaters and on demand Sept. 10.

The documentary follows a high school soccer team in a small Oregon community that strives to overcome class and racial divide in a quest for both individual and team success. While Domingo deals with the deportation of his father to Mexico, and Eric painfully learns how to become a captain and command the respect of his Mexican-American teammates, Coach Riviera struggles to keep the team together amidst the pressure of academics and athletics. Set against the backdrop of a segregated American town, the coming-of-age documentary focuses on the friendship and maturation of these complex and conflicted student athletes.

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Directed by Steven Cantor and Jonathan Field, the film is produced by Steven Cantor and Jamie Schutz and executive produced by Robert Rodriguez in association with the PepsiCo Content Studio and Wavelength.

“Throughout the production, Steven and I felt deeply moved by the social struggles and resolve of the Hood River Valley High School soccer team and we are thrilled to partner with Gravitas in sharing the film with audiences,” Field said in a statement.

“I was thrilled to partner with both Stick Figure and PepsiCo Content Studio in making this timely film that shows how young athletes overcome obstacles both on the field and off,” Rodriguez said in a statement.

“Steven and Jonathan’s film utilizes the contrasting perspectives of its subjects to showcase how individual experience can either divide us or be harnessed to strengthen a team effort,” Tony Piantedosi, VP of acquisitions at Gravitas Ventures, said in a statement. “Their film is a reflection of the ongoing struggles that we face in small towns, in large cities, and as a nation. We look forward to presenting this timely documentary to North American audiences.”

Sci-fi Horror Film ‘Toxico’ Coming to Theaters, On Demand and Digital July 23 From Level 33

The Spanish-language science-fiction horror film Toxico is coming to theaters, digital and on demand July 23 from Level 33 Entertainment.

In the film, in the middle of a mysterious insomnia epidemic that slowly takes on catastrophic dimensions, Laura and Augusto flee the city in their motorhome to get away from the chaos. As they move down the road, they discover a world that is becoming an increasingly strange and dangerous place.

The film stars Jazmín Stuart, Agustín Rittano, Victoria Cabada, Sebastian Carbone, Marcelo D’Andrea, Alejandro Jovic, Martín Carabal, Lucila Mangone, Jorge Roberto Prado and Marcelo Mininno.

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Comedy ‘Big House’ Due on Digital and On Demand Aug. 17 From Gravitas Ventures

The comedy Big House will arrive on digital and on demand Aug. 17 from Gravitas Ventures.

The film follows Claire and Ali, for whom monogamy doesn’t run strong in paternal bloodline. They find healthy ways of dealing with the desire for more than one partner. Ali and her boyfriend Art invite Jas, a woman they met on an open relationships app, to join them for a threesome. But they also find not-so-healthy ways. Claire is cheating on her fiancé Zach with her coworker. When all six of these people find themselves stuck in the same house for what was supposed to be a beach weekend, the result is a dramatic farce.

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Directed and written by Jack Lawrence Mayer, the film stars Ellie Reed, Paige Collins, Michael Molina, Albert Huber, Evan O’Brien, Zoe Schwartz and Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman.

Action Comedy ‘Die in a Gunfight’ Coming to DVD and Blu-ray July 20

The action comedy Die in a Gunfight will come out on DVD and Blu-ray July 20 from Lionsgate.

It is available now in theaters and on demand.

In Die in a Gunfight, Mary (Alexandra Daddario) and Ben (Diego Boneta) are the star-crossed black sheep of two powerful families engaged in a centuries-long feud — and they’re about to reignite an affair after many years apart. Their forbidden love will trigger the dominoes that will draw in Mukul (Wade Allain-Marcus), Ben’s best friend, who owes him a life debt; Terrence (Justin Chatwin), Mary’s would-be protector-turned-stalker; Wayne (Travis Fimmel), an Aussie hitman with an open mind and a code of ethics; and his free-spirited girlfriend, Barbie (Emmanuelle Chriqui). As fists and bullets fly, it becomes clear that violent delights will have violent ends.

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Redbox Entertainment Acquires Nick Cannon Film ‘She Ball’

Redbox Entertainment has acquired the North American distribution rights to She Ball, a feature written, produced and directed by Nick Cannon, who also stars.

The film will be released simultaneously in theaters and will be widely available on demand including via Redbox on Aug. 6.

She Ball follows the love of basketball through the struggles of Avery Watts (Cannon), who enlists the help of a women’s streetball league to help him save the embattled Inglewood Community Center he manages, all while trying to raise his 7-year-old daughter.

The film also stars Bryan ‘Birdman’ Williams, Chris Brown, Cedric the Entertainer, DC Young Fly, Evan Ross, Faizon Love and Rebecca De Mornay. The movie also features athletes from the WNBA, Ball Up, and the Basketball Beauties League, including Melody Rae, and Jaliyah Manuel. K.D. Aubert, Luenell and Marla Gibbs also star in the film.

“Nick Cannon, one of the most prolific Black voices in our industry, has created a feature that truly captures the spirit of our unique times with She Ball,” Galen Smith, CEO of Redbox, said in a statement. “She Ball tackles the critical issues of race and justice facing our nation today in an enlightening and entertaining way.”

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“Seeing this project come to life with my incredibly talented and committed team has been nothing but rewarding, powerful and, most importantly — fun!” Cannon said in a statement. “I believe this film conveys a strong message about the importance of aligning with today’s racial and social justice movements and fight for equality; while also taking us through a resonant example of someone in the community trying to make ends meet. I’m excited to partner with Galen and Redbox on this project to ensure the film reaches a wide audience who will hopefully enjoy taking the journey with Avery!”

She Ball is produced by Cannon, Williams, Brown, Roger Ubina, Demetrius Spencer and Benjamin Sumpter. Executive producers are Michael Goldman and Robert H. Keetch.

She Ball is the latest in a string of acquisitions from Redbox that includes The Last Son (starring Sam Worthington), Capone (starring Tom Hardy), Shadow in the Cloud (starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Nick Robinson), SAS: Red Notice (with Sam Heughan and Ruby Rose) and American Traitor: The True Story of Axis Sally (with Al Pacino and Meadow Williams). It also comes on the heels of Redbox’s venture with “John Wick” producer Basil Iwanyk to form Asbury Park Pictures, which is programming a slate of high-concept action and thriller films over the next few years.

The film is part of the “Redbox Original” slate of theatrical movies aimed at Redbox’s 40 million U.S. customers.

Redbox has engaged Vertical Entertainment as its distribution partner for the feature.

The deal was negotiated by Marc Danon, head of original content for Redbox Entertainment.

‘Spiral: From the Book of Saw’ Cuts Out for Digital July 13, Disc July 20

The latest “Saw” franchise entrant, Spiral: From the Book of Saw, will arrive on digital July 13 and on 4K Ultra HD combo pack (plus Blu-ray and digital), Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital), DVD and on demand July 20 from Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures.

Spiral: From the Book of Saw is directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw IIRepo! The Genetic Opera) and written by Josh Stolberg (Jigsaw, “Avatar: The Last Airbender”) and Peter Goldfinger (JigsawPiranha 3D). It stars Chris Rock (“Fargo,” Top Five), Max Minghella (“The Handmaid’s Tale,” The Ides of March), Marisol Nichols (“Riverdale,” “Teen Wolf”) and Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp FictionSnakes on a Plane).

In the latest installment in the horror franchise, a criminal mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice. Working in the shadow of his father, an esteemed police veteran (Jackson), brash Detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks (Rock) and his rookie partner (Minghella) take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer’s morbid game.

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Spiral is produced by the original Saw team of Mark Burg and Oren Koules.

Special features include:

  • Audio commentary with Bousman, Stolberg and composer Charlie Clouser;
  • Audio commentary with Koules and Burg;
  • “The Consequences of Your Actions: Creating Spiral“;
  • “Drawing Inspiration: Illustrated Trap Breakdowns”;
  • “Decoding the Marketing Spiral”;
  • The theatrical teaser trailer; and
  • The theatrical trailer.

Redbox Entertainment Acquires ‘The Last Son’

Redbox Entertainment has acquired North American distribution rights to The Last Son.

The film stars Sam Worthington, Colson Baker, Thomas Jane and Heather Graham, with Tim Sutton (Donnybrook) directing from a Black List script by Greg Johnson.

The film will be released simultaneously in theaters and On Demand later this year.

Set in the Sierra Nevada in the late 19th century, The Last Son centers on Isaac LeMay (Worthington), a murderous outlaw cursed by a terrible prophecy, hunting down his offspring to prevent his own murder before targeting his son Cal (Baker). With bounty hunters and the enigmatic U.S. Officer Solomon (Jane) on their tail, all are set on a collision course toward a brutal game of cat-and-mouse.

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The Last Son was filmed in Montana late last year and is currently in post-production.

“With an outstanding ensemble cast, talented director, and an incredible story, we’re excited to be a part of this stellar production,” Galen Smith, CEO of Redbox, said in a statement.

“We are pleased to be partnering with Redbox on the release of the picture; they have been a part of The Last Son team since the beginning,” added Andre Relis, CEO of VMI Worldwide.

The Last Son is the latest in a string of acquisitions from Redbox that includes Capone (Tom Hardy), Shadow in the Cloud (Chloë Grace Moretz and Nick Robinson), SAS: Red Notice (Sam Heughan and Ruby Rose), and American Traitor: The True Story of Axis Sally (Al Pacino and Meadow Williams). It also comes on the heels of Redbox’s venture with “John Wick” producer Basil Iwanyk, to form Asbury Park Pictures, which is programming a slate of high-concept action and thriller films over the next few years.

The deal was negotiated by Marc Danon, head of original content for Redbox Entertainment, and J.D. Beaufils and Andre Relis of VMI Worldwide.

Actioner ‘The Misfits’ Coming to DVD Aug. 10 From Paramount

The action film The Misfits will come out on DVD Aug. 10 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The film is available now in theaters, on digital and on demand.

Directed by Renny Harlin, The Misfits stars Pierce Brosnan, Rami Jaber, Hermione Corfield, Jamie Chung, Mike Angelo, Tim Roth and Nick Cannon.

The story follows a band of modern-day Robin Hoods known as “The Misfits,” who recruit renowned thief Richard Pace (Brosnan) to help them pull off the heist of the century to steal millions in gold bars stashed underneath one of the world’s most secure prisons.

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Gravitas Ventures Nabs Rights to ‘The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain,’ Headed for Theatrical, On Demand Release Sept. 17

Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to writer-director David Midell’s drama The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain from Voltage Pictures.

Gravitas Ventures is slated to release the film — the tragic retelling of the fatal shooting of a 68-year-old African-American man by the White Plains, N.Y., police — in theaters and on demand on Sept. 17.

The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain tells the true story of the final hours of the life of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., an elderly African-American veteran with bipolar disorder, who was killed during a conflict with police officers who were sent to his home to check on him, when his medical alert device was mistakenly activated. Despite Chamberlain informing the officers there was a mistake and he did not have an emergency, they were recorded taunting him, ridiculing his military service and howling racial epithets at him. Finally, the officers broke his door down and shot him to death.

“Our goal all along has been to ask important questions about how our criminal justice system treats people of color, people in low-income areas, and people living with mental health challenges,” Midell (NightLights) said in a statement. “We are beyond excited to work with a partner like Gravitas to bring The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain to North America, and put a very bright spotlight on those questions.”

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The film, which made its world premiere at the Austin Film Festival in 2019, stars Frankie Faison (Do the Right Thing, Silence of the Lambs) as Chamberlain. It is produced by Midell and Enrico Natale of Redbird Entertainment. Executive producers also include Morgan Freeman, Lori McCreary, Gary Lucchesi, Sharad Chib, Chris Paladino and Milan Chakraborty.

At the Austin Film Festival, the film won both the Jury Award and Audience Award. It also won the top narrative feature prize at the 24th annual Urbanworld Film Festival, a festival which celebrates inclusive, diverse filmmaking.

“David’s film, featuring a career-best performance by Frankie Faison, is a riveting dramatization of a real-life tragedy, and an urgent addition to the engagement of cinema with police reform and racial injustice,” Tony Piantedosi, VP of acquisitions at Gravitas Ventures, said in a statement. “We look forward to presenting the film to North American audiences.”

Gravitas Ventures is a Red Arrow Studios company.

Drama ‘Life in a Year’ Coming to Digital and On Demand June 22

The drama  Life in a Year, starring Jaden Smith and Cara Delevingne, will come out on digital and on demand June 22 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The story follows Daryn (Smith), a high school track star, scholar and aspiring rapper, who learns that his girlfriend Isabelle (Delevingne) is sick. He then plans to gift her a life’s worth of experiences in the last year she has left.

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The film also stars Cuba Gooding Jr. and Nia Long.

Executive producers include Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and James Lassiter.