The faith-based drama Heaven will be released on DVD and digitally Oct. 5 from Virgil Films.
Based on the book Heaven: The Adventure Begins by author Alan Duprey and adapted to screenplay by screenwriter Angus Benfield, the film tells the story of Jonathan Stone, a middle-aged paramedic who struggles to find meaning in the midst of his everyday life, until he wakes up one day in Heaven and discovers that his life had more meaning than he could ever have imagined. Set between Heaven and Earth, Heaven follows the life and afterlife of Jonathan and the lives of those around him from his past, present and future.
The documentary short St. Junípero Serra: A Man of God, A Mission of Love will come out for digital purchase Sept. 28 from Virgil Films.
The documentary short tells the story of Friar Junípero Serra as he served Native Americans in California with a mission rooted in Christ’s commandments to love others and to share the Gospel with all nations.
St. Junípero Serra was canonized in 2015 by Pope Francis.
The documentary Fish & Men will come out on DVD, VOD and digital sellthrough Sept. 14 from Virgil Films.
Today, 91% of fish is imported, as the United States is flooded with 6 billion tons of seafood from abroad annually. Consumers across America eat blissfully unaware of where their seafood is from, or the dire consequences of their demand for only five species of fish sourced from distant oceans.
Fish & Men exposes the high cost of cheap fish in the modern seafood economy, and the forces threatening local fishing communities as well as the public health. The film explores a new movement underway to return sustainability to both fish and fishermen. Thriving local communities, pioneering fishermen and celebrated chefs are leading a revolutionary new model, a “Catch of the Day” revival based on local, seasonal, sustainable fish — introducing consumers to discover new varieties of storied seafood and reconnect them with those who risk their lives to harvest the bounties of the sea.
The documentary Far Out West: Inside California’s Kerista Commune will be available via VOD and digital sellthrough Aug. 17 from Virgil Films.
In the early 1970s, 25 free spirits found each other in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood and formed the Kerista Commune. For two decades, they lived as one family, loving freely, raising children together, and making millions selling Apple computers. But if the alternative society they built was fantastically alluring, it was also fragile, and a quarter century after they voted to dissolve their commune, the former members are still debating what their experiment can teach us about human nature, and whether their utopia was actually a cult in disguise.
The horror film Scare Us will come out on DVD and digital June 26 from Virgil Films.
The anthology follows five short stories penned by an unlikely group of aspiring writers in Sugarton — a small town plagued by the apparent return of an infamous serial killer dubbed “Cutthroat.” The authors have come to share their scary stories with each other and the bookstore owner Peter, who leads the group, but they soon discover they’ve become the stars of a sick killer’s own twisted tale.
Directed by Carl Jensen IV, Ryan Henry Johnston and Ryan Kjolberg, the film stars Tom Sandoval, Charlotte Lilt and Michelle Palermo.
The documentary Her Name Is Chef is coming to digital HD April 27 and DVD May 11 from Virgil Films.
The feature documentary explores the changing of gender roles in restaurant kitchens built around the tragic story of “Top Chef” fan favorite Fatima Ali.
Her Name is Chef showcases the stories of six talented, inspiring, females of the kitchen. Each shares their triumphs in cutting through the clichés of the restaurant industry and explores how they broke down the doors to earn the title of chef.
Host Leia Gaccione sits down with Elizabeth Falkner, Fatima Ali, Hillary Sterling, Esther Choi, Juliet Masters and Caroline Schiff.
The documentary Buster Williams Bass to Infinity will come out on digital March 16 from Virgil Films.
Jazz musician Buster Williams has played with everyone, from Sarah Vaughan to Miles Davis, Nancy Wilson, Art Blakey, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and others. In this documentary, viewers join Williams as he tells stories about his life and the lives of other great jazz musicians, and is joined by, and plays with, some of the greatest living contributors to this music — Benny Golson, Herbie Hancock, Rufus Reid, Christian McBride, Larry Willis, Carmen Lundy, Kenny Barron and Lenny White.
Buster Williams Bass to Infinity is a film about a great contributor to America’s greatest art form, and many other greats — those mentioned above, as well as Monk, Trane and Paul Chambers.
The documentary Ruth — Justice Ginsburg in Her Own Words will come out on DVD and digital March 9 from Virgil Films.
The 2019 film tells the improbable story of how Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who couldn’t get a job despite graduating first in her law school class in a tie and making Law Review at Harvard and Columbia Law Schools, became an associate justice of the Supreme Court. It also reveals both the public and private sides of a resilient, resourceful woman who survived the hostility of the profoundly male universe of government and law to become a revered justice and icon for gender equality and women’s rights.
The documentary dramatizes a confluence of factors — personal, psychological, social and political — that impacted the course of her work and life. The film is designed as an immersive experience through the direct words of Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a professor, advocate, judge and justice from the 1970s onwards through the use of animation and illustrations to visualize complex constitutional cases, by the insights of colleagues who have directly worked with or have been impacted by her 40 years as a legal icon, and with an original score by a Grammy winning composer.
The documentary 7 Yards: The Chris Norton Story will come out on DVD and digital Feb. 23 from Virgil Films.
7 Yards is a feature-length film that explores the resilience and perspective of Chris Norton. In October 2010 at age 18, Chris suffered a debilitating spinal cord injury during a college football game. Doctors gave him just a 3% chance to ever move again, but he defied that diagnosis.
After years of physical therapy and training, Norton’s story went viral in 2015 when he successfully walked across the college graduation stage with the help of his fiancée, Emily. Video of Norton walking to get his diploma touched the world, and it received more than 300 million views. Soon after, Chris and Emily set an ambitious new goal: walk seven yards side-by-side down the wedding aisle.
The film features interviews, reenactments and real footage from the couple’s 2018 wedding. It’s the inspirational comeback story of Chris and his journey from college athlete to medical miracle to viral inspiration and now adoptive father.
The documentary Nasrin will come out on DVD and digital HD Jan. 26 from Virgil Films.
Narrated by Academy Award winner Olivia Colman, Nasrin, filmed in Iran by women and men who risked arrest, is an immersive portrait of one of the world’s most courageous human rights activists and political prisoners, Nasrin Sotoudeh, and of Iran’s remarkably resilient women’s rights movement. In the courts and on the streets, Nasrin has long fought for the rights of women, children, LGBT prisoners, religious minorities, journalists and artists, and those facing the death penalty. She was arrested in June 2018 for representing women who were protesting Iran’s mandatory hijab law, and she was sentenced to 38 years in prison, plus 148 lashes. Even from prison, she has continued to challenge the authorities. An Amnesty International petition calling for her release received over a million signatures from 200 countries.
The film features acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, journalist Ann Curry, exiled women’s rights activist Mansoureh Shojaee, and Nasrin’s equally courageous husband Reza Khandan.
Nasrin features an original song by Tony Award-winning composers Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, performed by four-time Grammy winner Angélique Kidjo.