Comedy ‘Family Camp’ Arrives on DVD, Digital and VOD June 28

The family comedy Family Camp arrives on DVD, digital and VOD June 28 from Lionsgate.

The film follows two families competing for the coveted camp trophy while the dads try to keep their families and marriages together. In the film, when Grace Ackerman signs her family up for a rustic summer Family Camp, a comedy of errors ensues as these polar-opposite families must share a yurt and compete for the camp’s coveted games trophy. It’s not until the two dads end up lost in the woods that their faith and family bonds are truly tested.

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Special features on DVD include the trailer, “Heart of Family Camp,” “Who Are the Skit Guys?,” deleted scenes, deleted scenes with director commentary, “Rhett Walker Goes Behind the Scenes” and “Eddie’s Yurt Tour.”

Doc ‘Banksy Most Wanted’ Due on Transactional Digital May 13 From Level 33

The French documentary feature film Banksy Most Wanted will be released for digital purchase and VOD May 13 from Level 33 Entertainment.

Directed by Aurelia Rouvier and Seamus Haley and featuring Robin Barton (The Man Who Stole Banksy, The Banksy Job), the film sets out to provide an in-depth look into one of the art world’s biggest unanswered mysteries — who is Banksy? Banksy is a household name, but behind this name hides a multitude of stories, artworks, stunts, political statements and identities. The documentary draws an in-depth portrait of the masked Robin Hood of the art world. Each investigation reveals a facet of the artist, his political views, his commitment to environmental causes and political refugees, his links with the music scene, and his entrepreneurial side.

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The film was an official selection at the Tribeca Film Festival and a nominee in the Golden Star Feature Documentary Competition at the El Gouna Film Festival.


Doc ‘Have You Heard About Greg?’ Headed to Transactional Digital June 21 From Virgil

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.

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Drama ‘Firebird’ Arriving for Digital Purchase and VOD June 3 From Lionsgate

The drama Firebird arrives for digital purchase and on VOD in the United States and Canada June 3 from Lionsgate.

Directed and cowritten by Peeter Rebane (Tashi Delek, Robbie Williams: Fans Journey to Tallinn) and cowritten by actor Tom Prior (Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Theory of Everything), Firebird is based on true events during the Cold War at the height of 1970s Communist rule. The story follows a handsome young soldier who embarks on a clandestine love affair with a charismatic fighter pilot newly stationed at his Air Force base. Set in a time when men in uniform caught having a sexual affair were dealt a severe punishment, this is a story of two men who risked their freedom — and their lives — as their loyalties were torn between love and service to their country. 

Special features include a making-of documentary.

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Doc ‘Fair Play’ Available On Demand From Gravitas Ventures July 8

Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to distribute Hello Sunshine’s documentary Fair Play and will release it in select theaters and on demand on July 8.

About the unequal division of labor in the home, the documentary is based on the New York Times bestselling book of the same name from author Eve Rodsky.

Directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom and featuring interviews with Melinda Gates, C. Nicole Mason and Congresswoman Katie Porter, Fair Play takes viewers into the homes of real families that are on a journey to balance their home life. It doesn’t take long to realize that they aren’t really fighting about dishes in the sink. They are fighting about much bigger issues, problems that affect millions of couples and families across the globe. Immersed in these couples’ lives, the viewer sees their struggles, but also their triumphs. They learn how communication and a plan can have a life-changing impact, creating more connectedness with the most important people in their lives — their families.

“The home presents so small but it speaks to a much larger issue which is about reframing the value of time,” said the book’s author Rodsky in a statement. “Is an hour holding your child’s hand in the pediatrician’s office as valuable as an hour in the boardroom? We believe it is. This film aims to spark a conversation that fosters true fairness and healthy partnerships, starting with our most important organization, the home.”

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“Gravitas is proud to partner with Hello Sunshine in the release of Fair Play in theaters and on VOD this summer,” Bill Guentzler, senior director of acquisitions, said in a statement. “We feel that this documentary can be a game-changer for many people by smartly and entertainingly digging into the dilemma facing many households today, balancing tasks and responsibilities.”

Gravitas to Release Romantic Comedy ‘Most Guys Are Losers’ Via On Demand July 1

Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide rights to distribute Most Guys Are Losers and will release the film in theaters and on demand on July 1.

Written and directed by Eric Ustian, the romantic comedy stars Andy Buckley, Keith David, Mira Sorvino, Grace Fulton, Paul Sorvino and Belmont Camelli. 

In the film, over Thanksgiving weekend in Chicago, a college kid from California seeks approval from his girlfriend’s dad, a bar owner and author of a dating book titled Most Guys Are Losers.

Most Guys Are Losers is a classic romantic comedy that fans of the genre are sure to love. Gravitas is thrilled to be able to share it with audiences this summer,” said  Brett Rogalsky, Gravitas Ventures manager of acquisitions, in a statement.

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“To work with the Oscar Winner Mira Sorvino and her dad, Paul, was an honor,” Ustian said in a statement. “Andy Buckley combines the comedic timing from his role in ‘The Office,’ with a heartfelt and nuanced performance. Thank you to the ensemble cast that includes the iconic Keith David, along with young rising stars Grace Fulton, Belmont Camile and Michael Provost. When you work with actors with such experience and talent, it is a joy to be on set, and it transcends to our heartwarming film.”

Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Cryo’ Headed to Digital and On Demand June 28

The sci-fi thriller Cryo will be released in theaters June 24 and on digital and on demand June 28 from Saban Films.

In the film, five scientists wake from a cryogenic sleep and find themselves trapped in an underground facility. With no memory of who they are or how long they’ve been asleep, they begin to realize they may have been part of a scientific experiment gone wrong. After a series of strange events, the scientists find themselves being hunted. They do not know who is hunting them or for what reason, but the scientists begin to suspect that one of them may be the killer.

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Comedy ‘Doula’ Available for Digital Purchase and Rental June 20

The comedy Doula will be available for digital rental or purchase June 20 from Universal Pictures.

Troian Bellisario (“Pretty Little Liars”) stars in the film about a pregnant couple who reluctantly hires a male doula.

After dating for a matter of months, thirtysomethings Deb (Bellisario) and Silvio (Arron Shiver) are expecting their first child. When their elderly midwife Penka passes away suddenly, Silvio makes the hasty decision to hire Penka’s son, Sascha (Will Greenberg), as their live-in doula. Deb is nonplussed, as Silvio didn’t consult her before hiring, but before long, Sascha’s unconventional style wins her over. As Deb and Sascha grow closer, and the pregnancy nears its inevitable conclusion, Silvio starts to feel like the odd man out. His continued efforts to exert control over the pregnancy lead to a blow-up fight in which he forces Deb to choose between him and Sascha.

Rounding out the cast is Chris Pine, who stars as Deb’s doctor, with Amanda Walsh, Ally Maki, Elyse Levesque, Alex McKenna and Robert Baker.

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Doula marks the first feature film produced by Pine and his new production company Barry Linen Motion Pictures, produced in association with Vacation Theory and Universal Pictures Content Group.

“Making Doula was a dream come true,” Pine said in a statement. “It’s written by one of our best friends, directed by one of our best friends, starring a bunch of our best friends. The film was a ton of fun to make and we hope audiences see that when they’re watching it.”

Horror Title ‘Where the Scary Things Are’ Due on Digital and DVD June 28

The horror film Where the Scary Things Are will be released on demand, on digital and on DVD June 28 from Lionsgate.

In the film, teenagers inspired by a high school “Create Your Own Urban Legend” project quickly get out of hand in their desire for more “likes” and going viral — with deadly consequences.

Likened to Stand by Me and The Goonies with a dark twist, the film follows Ayla and her high school friends who discover a hideous, semi-human mutant. They keep it prisoner while shooting repulsive viral videos, with the gang’s hunger for “likes” driving them to film the beast performing murderous acts. When one boy sees that Ayla is using the monster’s gruesome violence to settle her own vendettas, he threatens to tell the authorities. Is he too late to save his friends?

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Netflix Inks Partnership With Oscar-Winning Producer J. Miles Dale

Oscar-winning producer J. Miles Dale and Netflix have formed a creative partnership that will have Dale produce feature films under a multiyear, first-look deal via his Demilo Films banner.

Dale is an executive producer and co-showrunner on the upcoming Netflix series “Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities.” He also serves as executive producer on the Netflix series “Sex/Life.”

Producer J. Miles Dale (Photo courtesy of Searchlight Pictures and Netflix)

“Having just produced two series on the TV side at Netflix, I’m beyond excited to begin this new adventure with the feature film team,” Dale said in a statement. “I enjoyed a great partnership with Scott Stuber on a couple of films earlier in my career, and I look forward to expanding that relationship. Netflix has always been incredibly filmmaker friendly in my experience, and that support is so critical as we continue to explore the challenging and compelling stories that inspire us at Demilo Films.”

“I’ve known Miles for many years and he has an incredible eye for great stories and talent,” Scott Stuber, Netflix’s head of global film, said in a statement. “I’m excited to grow our successful creative relationship on series to a great partnership in film.”

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Oscar winner J. Miles Dale produced The Shape of Water, 2018’s Best Picture, with longtime collaborator Guillermo del Toro. His latest release, Nightmare Alley, starring Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett, was nominated for four Academy Awards including a second Best Picture nomination for Dale.  

Dale is currently in production on the second season of the hit Netflix series “Sex/Life” and in post-production on the highly anticipated Netflix horror anthology series “Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities.”

Dale’s partnership with del Toro began with the supernatural  thriller hit Mama, starring Jessica Chastain, and continued with Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark and director Scott Cooper’s Antlers last year. Dale also served as executive producer and principal  director on all four seasons of the series “The Strain” for FX Network. 

Dale’s extensive work includes producing the box-office smash The Vow, starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, the cult classic Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, the comedy Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, and the reimagination of Carrie, starring Julianne Moore. His credits also include the prequel to The Thing, Flash of Genius, and Hollywoodland, starring Ben Affleck. 

Dale made his feature directorial debut in 2002 with Universal’s The Skulls III. In addition to “The Strain,” he has directed for numerous television series, including the ABC Family/Freeform production “Shadowhunters.”