Soccer (football) doc “Pelada” by Luke Boughen, Rebekah Fergusson, Gwendolyn Oxenham and Ryan White, will make its debut on VOD in an agreement with FilmBuff, the digital distribtuion label of Cinetic Rights Management. The film will be released in June to coincide with the World Cup in South Africa.
“Pelada,” which is the Brazilian word for ‘naked,’ is a is a documentary following Luke and Gwendolyn, two former college soccer stars who didn’t quite make it to the pros. Not ready for it to be over, they take off, chasing the game. From prisoners in Bolivia to moonshine brewers in Kenya, from freestylers in China to women who play in hijab in Iran, “‘Pelada’ is the story of the people who play,” according to a description provided by FilmBuff.
“Pelada” will debut on cable systems across North America on June 7. Shortly after, it will launch on broadband platforms such as iTunes and Amazon with more to come through the rest of the year. The film, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in March, recently screened at the Full Frame, Sarasota and Newport Beach Film Festivals.
“We’re thrilled to bring Pelada to VOD audiences in America, as we believe it’s a great film that captures an undeniable energy around the world,” commented FilmBuff’s Head of Programming Matt Dentler in a statement. “While it’s required viewing for all soccer fans, the film also works for fans of documentary films and international stories.”
“We want to make FilmBuff a destination for people who want to see different kinds of movies that might otherwise not find [a home],” said Cinetic head John Sloss Tuesday afternoon during a lunch Cinetic hosted for a group of journalists near its Chelsea neighborhood offices in New York. “We have an open door for films that [might otherwise] fall through the cracks.”
Titles available on FilmBuff movies on demand now include fellow SXSW titles “Erasing David” and “Crying with Laughter” as well as Andrew Bujalski’s “Beeswax” and “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans.” “Lost Son of Havana” is available on Amazon VOD, and Chris Smiths’ doc “Collapse” is available via iTunes.
FilmBuff is a service provided by Cinetic Rights Management. Formed in 2007 by partners Robert H. Nathan and John Sloss, FilmBuff provides film sales representation for digital media. FilmBuff is accessible to 40 million-plus cable VOD homes in the U.S. and Canada.