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.

 

Doc ‘In Solidarity With Ukraine’ Due Digitally July 25 From Virgil

The documentary In Solidarity With Ukraine will be released on VOD and for digital purchase July 25 from Virgil Films.

As Russia shockingly invaded Ukraine and refugees fled, volunteers stood at the border to provide critical care and housing. In Solidarity with Ukraine explores what it means to be a Christian disciple in the midst of war.

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Abramorama Licenses Rights for Doc ‘What the Hell Happened to Blood, Sweat & Tears?’ to Virgil Films

Abramorama has licensed global sales rights across all platforms to Virgil Films for the documentary What the Hell Happened to Blood, Sweat & Tears?, about one of the biggest rock bands of the late 1960s and early ’70s.

Abramorama launched the film in theaters across the United States in late March.
 
Blood, Sweat & Tears, known for hits such as “Spinning Wheel,” “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” and “And When I Die,” headlined the legendary Woodstock Music Festival and won multiple Grammy Awards, most notably a 1970s win for Album of the Year, besting The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” and “Johnny Cash at San Quentin.”

What The Hell Happened to Blood, Sweat & Tears? explores a unique moment in time that has surprisingly powerful resonance and parallels to the world today. It’s the never-before-told story about a top rock band that was unknowingly embroiled in a political rat’s nest involving the U.S. State Department, the Nixon White House and a controversial concert tour of Yugoslavia, Romania and Poland, countries that were behind what was then known as the Iron Curtain. As a result, they found themselves in the crossfire of a polarized America.
 
Written, produced and directed by John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John Lennon, Chasing Trane, Who Is Harry Nilsson …?), produced by Dave Harding (Herb Alpert Is …), and executive produced by James Sears Bryant, the film was created with the full cooperation of the surviving members of Blood, Sweat & Tears. 

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“John Scheinfeld has once again applied his singular talents to a fascinating but little-known piece of American musical history,” Abramorama partners Richard Abramowitz and Karol Martesko-Fenster, alongside head of music Evan Saxon, said in a statement. “Blood, Sweat and Tears now fills another, entirely different, category beyond the jazz-pop innovations and No. 1 hits of the ’60s and ’70s: espionage-pop fusion! Critics and moviegoers have flipped for it, and we’re delighted that Virgil will make it broadly available across multiple platforms.”
 
“We are really proud to take this incredible story out to the masses around the globe,” Virgil Films CEO Joe Amodei said in a statement. “The story still resonates today.”
 
Chief operating officer Karol Martesko-Fenster from Abramorama alongside Jay Shanker of Jayaram Law for the filmmakers negotiated the deal with Amodei for Virgil Films.  

Doc ‘Just. One. Mile.’ Available Digitally June 27 From Virgil

Virgil Films will release the documentary Just. One. Mile. for digital purchase and VOD June 27.

It follows one of the most grueling and psychologically challenging endurance races in the world, in which a hundred runners come together to take on a treacherous, continuous one-mile loop in the mountains of Tennessee. For over 30 straight hours, these athletes compete against each other and mother nature until only one is left standing. It’s called the Mid-state Mile, but it’s better known as The Murder Mile. Runners are given 20 minutes to complete the loop and must be back at the starting corral ready to begin the next one in time. There’s no stopping and no aid allowed. Each mile features more than 340 feet of elevation gained. A winner is only declared if they can complete a solo victory lap.

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Doc ‘Yes I Am — The Ric Weiland Story’ Due Digitally May 16, on DVD July 11 From Virgil

Virgil Films will release the documentary Yes I Am — The Ric Weiland Story, about the unknown founder of Microsoft, on digital May 16 and on DVD July 11.

The documentary chronicles LGBTQ pioneer and unknown founder of Microsoft Ric Weiland. With his newfound wealth, Weiland turned to philanthropy. During his life, he donated more than $200 million to fund more than 60 nonprofit organizations. His efforts still have a massive impact today. However, as his wealth grew, Weiland seemed to slip further into self-doubt, depression, and a kind of impostor syndrome.

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Doc ‘Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened’ Due Digitally May 23 From Virgil

The 2016 documentary Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened is being released for digital rental (VOD) and purchase May 23 from Virgil Films.

Merrily We Roll Along is one of the most legendary musicals in the history of Broadway. Originally a play from 1934, Hal Prince decided to do a musical version in 1981 — with a cast almost exclusively of teenagers and young adults — and brought on his friend and long-time collaborator Stephen Sondheim to do the music and lyrics. Everyone thought it was going to be the lauded team’s next big hit, but instead it closed after just 16 performances.

Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened draws back the curtain on the extraordinary drama of Merrily’s creation and tells the stories of the hopeful young performers whose lives were transformed by it. Directed by Lonny Price, a member of the original cast, the film is a bittersweet meditation on the choices we all make, and the often-unexpected consequences of those choices through success and failure.

The film features exclusive appearances by the late Stephen Sondheim and Hal Prince as well as Jason Alexander, Mandy Patinkin, Adam Guettel, Frank Rich and the original Broadway cast of Merrily We Roll Along.

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Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened appears on many “best of” lists, including the “best of the year” (New York Times, The Wrap, Newsweek), “best theater documentaries of all time” (Playbill, Broadway World) and Esquire’s list of “20 Documentaries That Will Change Your Life.”