Lionsgate and independent studio Virgil Films have signed on to Allied Vaughn Entertainment’s manufacture-on-demand disc service.
The first batch of Lionsgate titles will come out on Blu-ray May 14. American Exit is a crime thriller based on a true story starring Dane Cook as Charlie, a desperate father who steals a million-dollar painting from a shady art dealer. The futuristic thriller Life Like follows a couple who purchase a robot to cook and clean at their sprawling new home that, using artificial-intelligence, starts to anticipate the couple’s needs and desires. Also due are seasons four and five of the series “Power,” from executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.
From Virgil on DVD April 9 comes the documentary We Are Columbine, filmed by a survivor of the school shooting attack two decades ago who interviews classmates, teachers and administrators about the lasting effect of that fateful day. Then on June 4 on DVD Virgil unveils Brave Girls, a documentary about Indian girls navigating their future, choosing between school, love and marriage.
The MOD service has also added Marshall Publishing, which produces educational and kids content, to its ranks.
The documentary The Oyster Farmers is coming to DVD, digital and VOD March 19 from Virgil Films.
The film tells the story of those who are working to restore oyster reefs and natural oyster populations to the Barnegat Bay. Oysters were once a staple food for communities in the Northeast of the United States, and the Barnegat Bay was home to one of the largest oyster seed beds in the 1800s. Overharvesting and disease wiped out the populations of oysters, which has had significant ecological impact in the last century.
The documentary A Classy Broad: Marcia’s Adventures in Hollywood, about trailblazing executive Marcia Nasatir, the first female VP of production at United Artists, comes to digital March 5 from Virgil Films.
The film will also have weeklong theatrical engagement at L.A.’s Laemmle Music Hall — in conjunction with International Women’s Day — starting March 8.
A Classy Broad, as told mainly in Nasatir’s voice, is directed by Anne Goursaud, known for her editing work on Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Nasatir’s legendary career as an executive began in 1970s when she was recruited by Mike Medavoy at UA as story editor, a position she negotiated into a VP title, paving the way for women to achieve this executive status quo within a male-dominated movie industry. While there, Nasatir championed Rocky, Carrie, Apocalypse Now and One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. She later joined Johnny Carson’s production company and fought to produce The Big Chill, which garnered three Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Glenn Close) and Best Screenplay. With Marcia Nasatir Productions, she independently produced the Vietnam drama Hamburger Hill and Ironweed, starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep.
At 92 years old, Marcia is an active member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and serves on the Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee.
Director Donna Kanter follows Fred Zaidman on a journey to trace his inherited trauma as he uses scant clues from his late parents, who were Holocaust survivors, to find his roots. While growing up, Zaidman’s mother Renate spoke incessantly of her pain while his father Wolf virtually shut down. In his early sixties, he embarks on a quest to discover what had happened to his family in Poland during the Shoah with one primary goal — to find a single photo of his grandparents. His journey takes him to Poland, Israel, Germany and finally to Atlanta, where he receives a helping hand from an unlikely source – a Baptist minister.
The Rebound, a documentary about a wheelchair basketball team’s quest for its first-ever championship, will come out on Digital HD Nov. 20 from Virgil Films.
The film follows the struggling wheelchair basketball team Miami Heat Wheels following a defeat at the National Wheelchair Basketball Association championships as they push physically, mentally and emotionally through each season without the recognition or the resources of mainstream sports. The team’s dwindling checkbook threatens to cut short its attempt to take the national title. Debut filmmakers Shaina Allen and Mike Esposito step deep inside the lives of three players as they endure and respond to adversity and fight their way to a second chance.
Virgil Films will release I Am Paul Walker, a documentary exploring the life and legacy of the actor, on digital Nov. 30, for the five-year anniversary of his death, and on DVD Dec. 4.
The film explores the short life of the Southern California native who cut his teeth as a child actor before breaking out in the blockbuster “Fast and Furious” movie franchise. It features interviews with those who knew him best both professionally and personally, using an extensive archive of rarely seen candid video and still photographs provided by family and friends of the late actor. I Am Paul Walker also explores Paul’s private side, including his devotion to his family, his fascination for surfing and auto racing, his passion for marine biology and sharks, his dedication to humanitarian work through his NGO Reach Out Worldwide, and his love for his daughter.
The film features interviews with Tyrese Gibson, Rob Cohen and Wayne Kramer.
The cinema verite thriller Leave Yourself Alone comes to Digital HD and VOD Oct. 9 from Virgil Films & Entertainment.
The feature debut by Nicole Eckenroad is the story of a young tormented Hollywood actress followed by a pair of documentary filmmakers as she loses control of herself in method acting. In May 2006, a 19-year-old Hollywood actress moves to Philadelphia to escape her bad reputation and restart her acting career. The documentary filmmakers follow her to an undefined end as she experiments with Meisner technique, taking on the characteristics and behaviors of the characters she plays more often than her own. After losing countless roles to A-list talent, Nicole commits recklessly to a leading role in a story too close to her own and spirals into the abyss of her darkest secret, depicting the lasting effect of a sexual assault.
In 2015, Eckenroad was selected by Kathy Schulman, Stephanie Meyer, and Lionsgate to direct one of their seven original Twilight shorts, The Groundskeeper. She was honored at the Crystal and Lucy Awards as a Voice of the Future, and the film was presented at the ArcLight Hollywood followed by a Q&A with Stephanie Meyer. She is currently in development on her second feature, Shade.
The documentary Billy Graham: An Extraordinary Journey will come out on DVD Nov. 6, in time for what would have been the evangelist’s 100th birthday Nov. 7, from Virgil Films and Entertainment at $19.99.
Produced by The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, the film tells the story of the late Billy Graham, who grew up on a farm and became a prolific preacher of the Gospel. He was a pastor to presidents and an advocate for racial equality, preaching to more than 215 million people in 185 countries and territories throughout his ministry. The documentary features historical footage and interviews with family members, lifelong friends, former presidents and prominent broadcasters including Bill Clinton, Tom Brokaw, George Bush, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Tony Dungy, Kathie Lee Gifford, Charles Gibson and Franklin Graham.
Moses, a theatrical stage production, will hit DVD Oct. 16 from Virgil Films at $19.99.
Filmed in front of a live audience at Sight & Sound in Lancaster, Penn., Moses is an original stage production experienced by nearly 2 million people. It follows the life of Moses, set adrift as a baby and wandering in the wilderness — until God calls him into action to lead God’s people to the promised land.
The filming took place in a 2,000-seat theater with live animals and special effects including the burning bush, the parting of the Red Sea, a ship on stage, and the death angel, floating above the audience.
Fathom will mount a three-day theatrical event for Moses on Sept. 13, Sept. 15 and Sept. 20 in more than 800 Theaters.
The title has an all ages rating from the Dove Foundation.
The Coolest Guy Movie Ever, a tribute to the John Sturges classic The Great Escape, is available now on DVD ($14.99), EST and VOD from Virgil Films.
The documentary follows hardcore fans that return to the locations where the film was made, revealing little known facts about The Great Escape, which starred Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson and James Coburn.
Narrated by an actor in the film, Lawrence Montaigne, The Coolest Guy Movie Ever celebrates the 55th anniversary of the theatrical release of The Great Escape.