Newbie distributor Grasshopper Film has added to their ranks again, announcing today that they have picked up both VOD and non-theatrical rights to Kartemquin Films’ documentary "In the Game," directed by Peabody Award-winning director Maria Finitzo. Set over the course of four years, the film "follows a Chicago Latina girls’ high school soccer team over multiple years as they struggle to overcome family poverty and reach higher education."
Of the film, director Finitzo said, "I made this film because I believe deeply in the endless possibilities that come with the word ‘inclusion.’ Does the world really care that little about equality for girls and women, and even less so for women who are not rich and not white? In our country who gets to play and who does not is a yardstick by which we measure how close we are to achieving the goals of a democracy – a level playing field for all, or in a word: equality."
The film previously screened to strong reviews at Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center in September of last year, in addition to showings at festivals, including St. Louis and Madrid, along with events at public libraries and educational institutions, such as the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport.
The newly launched Grasshopper Film, founded by industry vet Ryan Krivoshey, has already picked up titles like "Fireworks Wednesday," "The Artefacta" and "Right Now, Wrong Then." The distributor plans to release eight to 12 titles theatrically per year and more than 50 pics on VOD, digital and nontraditional outlets.
"What Maria achieves in ‘In The Game; is remarkable; a window through which to see, understand and appreciate some of the most pressing social issues of our time," said Krivoshey of the film in a statement. "I couldn’t be happier to be working again with Maria and the amazing, dedicated people at Kartemquin, truly a national treasure."
The deal was negotiated by Krivoshey, Founder and President of Grasshopper Film, and Tim Horsburgh, Director of Communications and Distribution for Kartemquin.
The film will screen at SXSWedu on March 7 and the Chicago Latino Film Festival on April 19.