The documentary Kufi Krew: An American Story will be released for digital purchase and on VOD July 12 from Virgil Films.
Fast friends and founders of the first Muslim fraternity in the United States struggle with forbidden love, cultural taboos and generational conflict in this story about coming of age in America. To be responsible to the community, the fraternity and their own dreams often creates unexpected pressures that challenge and continue to shape their future.
The documentary Have You Heard About Greg? will be released for digital purchase and on VOD June 21 from Virgil Films.
Have You Heard About Greg? puts a human face on the disease of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The film features experts committed to the fight against Alzheimer’s who share their experience and wisdom about how to deal with an invisible enemy that is quietly killing millions of people each year around the world and will affect millions more in years to come.
The documentary Alien Abduction: Answers will be released for VOD and digital purchase May 3, and on DVD June 21 from Virgil Films.
The documentary follows John Yost, who had a frightening experience one summer as a young child, something so awful that his parents could hardly make out his terrifying account of what happened. A series of doctor’s visits and medical examinations could not conclude exactly what had occurred, but the memories would never leave him. Yost had a Close Encounter of the Fourth Kind. Despite this, he later married, raised children and lived a happy life except for his obsessive preoccupation with home security, paralyzing fear of open skies or deep water, and his abiding sense that he was being watched.
Alien Abduction: Answers follows Yost as he discovers that there are literally hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life all over the globe who have experienced something similar. Viewers witness a dramatization of his encounter as a boy, and through a technique called Quantum Hypnotherapy, they “sit-in” while a highly skilled therapist with more than 40 years of experience guides him back to that summer evening where we finally discover what really happened, where he went, and what he learned.
The documentary Brothers in Football will be released on VOD and digital sellthrough April 19 from Virgil Films.
The film follows a team of amateur footballers who attempt to fulfill a mission never completed on the eve of the first world war. Their ensuing adventure sees them travel around the world to face the FIFA World Champions in front of millions — to honor and commemorate their forefathers who fell in record numbers on the battlefields of France.
The documentary The Choir and Conductor will be released for digital purchase and VOD April 12 from Virgil Films.
Musician Billie Eilish, who has a brief appearance in the film as an alumna of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, learned to sing starting at age 8 when she, like thousands of choristers, was electrified by its charismatic conductor Anne Tomlinson, who uses the power of choral singing to profoundly shape and impact the lives of hundreds of children. In addition to Eilish, composers such as John Williams, Gustavo Dudamel, John Mayer, Peter Sellars, and others have performed with the choir known as the LACC.
The film, which chronicles the story of the LACC, is a celebration of music and the arts. According to a report issued by Chorus America “more than 1 in 5 households have at least one singing family member, making choral singing the most popular form of participation in the performing arts for both adults and children.”
The documentary The Invisible Father will be released on VOD and for digital purchase March 8 from Virgil Films.
In the 1960s, beat poet and experimental filmmaker Piero Heliczer helped shape New American Cinema, and was enmeshed with iconic filmmaker Andy Warhol and The Velvet Underground at the very start of their careers. Through interviews with family and friends, found photos, and archival footage, Piero’s daughter Thérèse explores the artistic legacy and life of a man she never knew.
The documentary 100 Years From Mississippi will be released on VOD and for digital purchase Feb. 1 from Virgil Films.
The film chronicles the experiences of Mamie Lang Kirkland, who was 7 years old when she fled Ellisville, Miss., in 1915 with her mother and siblings as her father and his friend John Hartfield escaped an approaching lynch mob. Hartfield returned to Mississippi in 1919 and was killed in one of the most horrific lynchings of the era.
Mamie’s son Tarabu had grown up hearing stories of Hartfield but didn’t know if his mother’s stories were fact or folklore until one day in 2015 when he discovered an article describing Hartfield’s murder before a crowd of 10,000 spectators.
Mamie had vowed for a century that she would never return to Mississippi. Yet with Tarabu’s remarkable find, he urged his mother to finally confront her childhood trauma by returning to Ellisville. Mamie was 107 when they began the journey to connect her story to the larger impact of America’s legacy of racial violence, which echoes today from Ferguson to New York, Atlanta to Los Angeles. Like many of the 6 million African-Americans who left the Deep South, Mamie’s story is a testament to the courage and hope of her generation. Her indomitable will and contagious joy of living come through as she tells her story 111 years later.
The documentary Enduring Faith: The Story of Native American Catholics will be released on VOD Dec. 7 from Virgil Films.
The film explores the legacy of faith among Native Americans. Indigenous communities throughout the continent were practicing their faith centuries before the founding of the United States. The documentary reveals how in the 16th century, Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to an Indigenous elder as a mestiza woman and generated the largest conversion in world history. It chronicles the story of the first canonized Native American saint, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, and a 20th century Lakota healer, Nicholas Black Elk, whose cause for canonization is currently open in Rome.
The film also promotes a greater awareness of the wrongs inflicted upon Native Americans by the unjust policies of the British and American governments.
The documentaries The Bowden Dynasty: A Story of Faith, Family & Football and The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses will be released on VOD and digital sellthrough in November by Virgil Films.
The Bowden Dynasty: A Story of Faith, Family & Football is due on VOD and digital sellthrough Nov. 9. It chronicles the career of college football coach Bobby Bowden, who fought against all odds to forge one of the greatest achievements in sports history: 14 consecutive top-four seasons. Legendary for his unyielding faith, Bowden inspired untold acts of grace and courage that changed the lives of those around him. Beginning with a come-from-behind victory in the 1988 Fiesta Bowl, Bowden’s Florida State Seminoles began a flirtation with perfection. In seven of those years they lost just one game. More often than not, the Seminoles’ quest for a perfect season came down to one play where mere inches or seconds determined the outcome.
Bowden passed away this past August at his Killearn Estates home surrounded by his loving family. He was 91 years old. For all the accolades bestowed upon Coach Bowden and his teams for their on-field achievements, the insider stories of the coach and his enormous impact on those around him have never been told like this. Featuring such luminaries as Bart Starr, Deion Sanders, Charlie Ward, Kenny Chesney, Burt Reynolds, Lou Holtz, Jimmy Johnson, Jim Kelly and Nick Saban, The Bowden Dynasty: A Story of Faith, Family, & Football extends beyond football, to explore universal themes of faith, stewardship, humility and redemption.
The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses is being released on VOD and digital sellthrough Nov. 23. The feature documentary is executive produced by Robert Redford, Patti Scialfa Springsteen and Jessica Springsteen, and takes audiences on an odyssey throughout America to places few people have seen or even know about. There are more than 80,000 wild horses on federal lands and more than 50,000 in government.
“The wild horse is so ingrained in the American imagination that even those who have never seen one know what it stands for: fierce independence, unbridled freedom, the bedrock ideals of the nation,” Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Philipps said. “From car ads to high school mascots, the wild horse — popularly known as the mustang — is the enduring icon of America. But in modern times it has become entangled in controversy and bureaucracy, and now its future is in question.”
The movie makes the case for the protection of wild horses and public lands.
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.