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Film Acquisition Rundown, Week of May 30: Gravitas Grabs ‘The Anthropologist,’ MUBI Goes Cannes-Crazy

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that's been picked up around the globe.

“The Anthropologist”

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe.

– Gravitas Ventures announced have acquired North American rights to “The Anthropologist,” the hit documentary by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger of Ironbound Films. The features explores climate change like no other film before, using the perspective of American teenager Katie Crate as she travels alongside her mother Susie, an anthropologist studying the impact of climate change on indigenous communities. Their journey parallels that of renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead, who for decades sought to understand how global change affects remote cultures. The film will be released by Gravitas Ventures across all platforms in the US and Canada this fall. “Gravitas Ventures champions eclectic films with heart. They are the perfect partners to help introduce ‘The Anthropologist’ to cultures everywhere,” said Daniel A. Miller, producer, director, and writer for Ironbound Films.

– Curated video-on-demand service MUBI has picked up rights to a pair of Cannes debuts, with both “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki” and “Slack Bay” finding a home with the outfit. MUBI has picked up UK/Eire and US rights, along with SVOD window rights in Latin America, for “Maki.” MUBI acquired theatrical, home entertainment and digital rights in the UK/Eire for Dumont’s “Slack Bay,” his latest Cannes feature. Release dates are still to be announced.

"The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki"

“The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki”

– Wolfe Releasing has acquired the revenge comedy “Hurricane Bianca,” starring popular drag artist and comic Bianca Del Rio, former winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” The film follows “a New York teacher who moves to a small town in Texas, gets fired for being gay, and returns disguised in drag to get revenge on the people who were nasty to him.” The film is set to world premiere at the Inside Out LBGT Film Festival in Toronto on Friday, June 3. Wolfe Releasing has secured exclusive worldwide rights, with theatrical, DVD, VOD and digital platform releases planned for fall or winter 2016.

– Zeitgeist Films has picked up the U.S. theatrical and non-theatrical rights to director David Schisgall’s “Theo Who Lived,” the remarkable story of American journalist Theo Padnos, who was kidnapped in Syria and held by Islamic militants for twenty-two months. The film will have its U.S. theatrical premiere on September 30 at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York, followed by a nation-wide release to select cities.

– Regner Grasten Film and Game 7 Films have announced a theatrical release for the Kitty Genovese’ story “37” in New York, Los Angeles and additional markets in Fall 2016. The release kicks off in New York on October 7. Written and directed by first time filmmaker Puk Grasten, “37” is a thought provoking drama about the night Kitty Genovese was murdered in 1964. The film is based on the short film by Puk Grasten, which premiered at Slamdance Film Festival in 2013. The short went on to play at numerous festivals worldwide, winning Best Student Film at the Big Apple Film Festival in 2013.

– Tugg, the international cinema on-demand distribution platform, have announced thatJohn Papola’s enlightening new documentary “At the Fork” will hit theaters on July 13. This showing is part of a nationwide, crowd-sourced effort led by the filmmakers — in partnership with Whole Foods Market and The Humane Society of the United States — to spark a national conversation on where our food comes from.

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