Gravitas Ventures has picked up North American VOD rights to doc feature, “The Lottery,” which will screen at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival April 29th. The film, directed by Madeleine Sackler, will hit theaters June 11th via Variance Films and will be available on VOD beginning July 8th. In “The Lottery,” four Harlem children’s lives intersect at a high-stakes lottery. Winning means access to one of the top elementary schools in New York. Losing may mean being trapped in some of the worst schools in America. The film will screen at the Tribeca Film Festival as part of the “Tribeca Talks” program, to be followed by a panel discussion with New York City Chancellor of Public Education Joel Klein.
“In our continuing effort to deliver quality, independent documentaries to a broader audience, ‘The Lottery’ is a significant film that raises the issues surrounding America’s education system,” commented Nolan Gallagher, founder and CEO of Gravitas Ventures in a statement. “Filmmaking teams are increasingly collaborating with Gravitas Ventures to reach nationwide audiences and this inventive release strategy combining a film festival, an in-theatre experience and Video on Demand is a powerful combination to share the message of this touching film.” [Brian Brooks]