Drama ‘Missing Brendan’ Available for Digital Purchase and on VOD June 18

The drama Missing Brendan (2003), starring the last Ed Asner, will be available for digital purchase (EST) and digital rental (VOD) on June 18 from Virgil Films and Entertainment.

In the film, three generations of the Calden family, including grandson Patrick, his father Bob, and grandfather George, embark on a very difficult expedition across the world to Vietnam to fulfill a longtime wish of finding George’s other son Brendan, who has been MIA since the war. Accompanied on their incredible journey by archeologist Julie Conroy, the family encounters much more than they ever expected.

In addition to Asner, the ensemble cast features Adam Brody, Illeana Douglas and Richard Cox.

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Virgil Hosts Special Screening of ‘7 Yards: A Chris Norton Story’ Documentary

Virgil Films recently held a special screening of its new documentary 7 Yards: A Chris Norton Story at the historic Newtown Theatre in Newtown, Penn. Chris Norton came out to the theater to share his story with the audience after the film, along with the film’s executive producer, Joe Amodei.

The film was streamed last year on Netflix and is now available for digital purchase and rent on Fandango at Home (formerly Vudu), Prime Video and other digital transactional platforms.

7 Yards explores the resilience and perspective of Norton, who in 2010, at the age of 18, suffered a debilitating spinal cord injury during a college football game. Doctors gave him just a 3% chance of ever again moving his body below the neck. Miraculously, he defied the odds, walking across the stage during college graduation and seven yards down the aisle at his wedding.

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But that was only the beginning of his story. In the ensuing years, Norton has made it his mission to spread a message of empowerment in the face of adversity of all types. Today, he is a keynote speaker, an author, head of his own nonprofit, and a foster and adoptive dad. His story has appeared in some of the world’s largest media outlets, and he was named one of ITA Group’s “hottest keynote speakers.” He travels across the country to inspire people from all walks of life and demonstrates how to unlock our abilities within.

7 Yards features powerful interviews, emotional reenactments, and real footage from Norton’s 2018 wedding.

“Releasing this film and working with Chris has been a humbling experience for all of us at Virgil,” Amodei said. “He makes us stronger human beings. Chris and I have further projects in development we are hoping to bring audiences to in the future that educate, entertain and most importantly inspire.”

The event was sponsored by Michael Meister of JAMM Films.

Doc ‘In the Company of Kings’ Due for Digital Purchase and Rental April 30, on DVD May 27 From Virgil

Virgil Films will release the documentary In the Company of Kings for digital rental (VOD) and sale (EST) April 30, and on DVD May 27.

In the Company of Kings follows a fight fan’s journey into the dark heart of American boxing to talk to eight former World Champs and those closest to his hero Muhammad Ali about race, struggle, victory, defeat and picking yourself up off the canvas.

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The documentary features Larry Holmes, Bernard Hopkins, Tim Witherspoon, Earnie Shavers, the Spinks brothers, Bob Arum and more.

 

Documentary ‘Mad Props’ Due Digitally March 26, on Blu-ray April 30 From Virgil

Virgil Films and Entertainment will release the feature documentary from director Juan Pablo Reinoso Mad Props for digital purchase and VOD (digital rental) March 26, and on Blu-ray Disc April 30.

The feature takes viewers on a journey with passionate film enthusiasts who dedicate their time, resources, and hearts to acquiring iconic on-screen movie artifacts.

Mad Props follows Tom Biolchini (an avid movie prop collector himself) as he journeys the globe getting exclusive interviews with industry insiders, prop designers, and filmmakers, while exploring the impact certain set pieces have on popular culture and the nostalgia they evoke in audiences worldwide. Some of his interviewees include Mickey Rourke, Lance Henriksen, Robert Englund, and House of Pain’s Danny Boy O’Connor.

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Featuring props from such classic films as Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Forrest Gump, Jaws, Castaway, Alien, Braveheart, Jurassic Park, Ghostbusters and ScreamMad Props sets out to prove to historians and critics alike that movie props are as important an art form as the greatest paintings and sculptures in history.

 

Drama ‘What Rhymes With Reason’ Due Digitally Feb. 6, on DVD April 30 From Virgil

The Reckless Abandonment Pictures coming-of-age drama What Rhymes With Reason will be released via VOD and digital purchase Feb. 6, and on DVD April 30 from Virgil Films.

Told through a Goonies-like adventure lens, the family-friendly ‘PG-13’ film follows six teens led by the charismatic Jesse Brandt, who enlists his friends to help find a legendary landmark hidden in the wilderness. Together, they navigate the adventure while confronting the darkness within themselves.

The cast includes Gattlin Griffith (“The Boys”), Ricardo Hurtado (School of Rock), Giselle Torres (“The Villains of Valley View”), LaRonn Marzett, Katie Burgess, Juan Graterol and Bart Johnson (High School Musical).

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At the film’s center is the subject of depression. What Rhymes With Reason is carefully crafted to break stigmas and encourage much needed conversations surrounding faith and mental health.

The film partnered with 988 Mental Health Lifeline, a nationwide operation that provides a three-digit number to replace the 11-digit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The 988 Mental Health Lifeline operates 24/7/365 and offers services for mental health crisis calls. Operators in Oklahoma are licensed and certified health crisis specialists who answer calls and dispatch local services and mobile crisis teams.

Documentary ‘Designer $hit’ Due on VOD and EST Nov. 14 From Virgil Films

Virgil Films will release the documentary Designer $hit via VOD (digital rental) and digital sellthrough Nov. 14.

In the film, after suffering from ulcerative colitis for a nearly decade, filmmaker Saffron Cassaday tries a new treatment known as fecal microbiota transplant: taking stool from a healthy donor and implanting it into the gut of a sick patient. Using her partner as a stool donor, Saffron spares no details in exploring what some experts believe could be the biggest medical breakthrough of the 21st century.

 

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Comic Musical Thriller ‘Open’ Due on Digital and VOD Nov. 7, DVD Nov. 14 From Virgil

Virgil Films will release the comic musical thriller Open on digital (EST) and VOD Nov. 7 and on DVD Nov. 14.

In the film, when the Corbins decide to open their marriage, wife Kristina falls for an ex-TV star and longtime object of infatuation, while husband Robert chooses a much safer old friend. As the couple navigate the increasingly-complicated waters of open marriage, Kristina invents a hallucinated ’80s music video paradise, where she fronts a band comprised by the aforementioned players and all the drama that accompanies them.

The film stars Lindsay Ann Williams, Jeremy London, Miles Doleac, Elena Sanchez, Amber Reign Smith, Yohance Myles and William Forsythe.

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Doc ‘Speed Is Expensive: Philip Vincent and the Million Dollar Motorcycle’ Due Digitally Sept. 26, on DVD Oct. 10 From Virgil

Virgil Films will release the documentary Speed Is Expensive: Philip Vincent and the Million Dollar Motorcycle for digital purchase and VOD Sept. 26, and on DVD Oct. 10.

When a Vincent sold at auction for $1.2 million in 2018 it became the most expensive motorcycle in the world. Today, riders such as Jay Leno, Brad Pitt and Ryan Reynolds collect these beautiful machines. Yet its creator, Philip Vincent, died penniless and living in public housing. The Ewan McGregor-narrated Speed Is Expensive is the story of how one man’s obsession with speed cost him everything.

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Doc ‘Unknown Beauty: Francois Nars’ Due Digitally Sept. 12 From Virgil

Virgil Films will release the documentary Unknown Beauty: François Nars for digital purchase and VOD (digital rental) Sept. 12.

Celebrated photographer and makeup artist François Nars reveals his striking inner world in this feature-length documentary by filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland. Nars takes viewers on a tour of the fashion designers and models of 1970s Paris, the underground of ’90s New York, and the cinema, filled with actors, actresses and directors who have shaped and inspired his visual aesthetics.

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The film features commentary from Isabella Rossellini, Lauren Hutton, Marc Jacobs and many others.

 

Virgil to Bow Documentary ‘Utter Nonsense’ Digitally Aug. 15

Virgil Films will release the documentary Utter Nonsence via digital sellthrough and VOD Aug. 15.

Utter Nonsense is a touching, informative and very personal journey into the world of drug addiction. Focusing on the notorious Kensington section of Philadelphia where she was raised, Dr. Geri-Lynn Utter traces the disease of addiction through her family and others.

Utter Nonsense not only educates about the genesis and cost of drug addiction, but it also offers hope that “the life” can be overcome.

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