Lionsgate, Virgil Films Join Allied Vaughn MOD Service

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.

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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.

Doc ‘A Classy Broad’ Coming to Digital March 5 From Virgil

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.

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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.

Documentary on Son of Holocaust Survivors ‘The Presence of Their Absence’ Coming to Digital Feb. 26 From Virgil

The Presence of Their Absence, a documentary following the investigative travels of a son of Holocaust survivors, is coming to digital Feb. 26 from Virgil Films.

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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.

View the trailer here.