As the 2014 Sundance Film Festival is about to kick off, Gravitas
Ventures is launching Gravitas Theatrical, aimed to intensify the company’s
focus on theatrical release campaigns. Set to head this new division as VP is Dustin
Smith, formerly at Roadside Attractions for almost a decade as VP of
Acquisitions. (The number of films being booked into theaters these days is the subject of some debate.)
Roadside’s Howard Cohen and Eric D’Arbeloff (“All is Lost”) are looking for a new acquisitions chief. While at Roadside, Smith oversaw the pick-up and release of Oscar
winner “The Cove,” Oscar nominee “Winter’s Bone,” and has worked on such
releases as “Stories We Tell” and “Mud.” (I hope @roadsidetweets will turn up under another handle, as he’s an hilarious tweeter.)
Smith, along with founder Nolan Gallagher, president Michael
Murphy and Vice President of Acquisitions and Marketing Melanie Miller, will
be heading up the Gravitas acquisition team at Sundance this week.
The first film on the Gravitas Theatrical slate is Matthew
Saville’s thriller “Felony,” starring
Joel Edgerton, Tom Wilkinson, Jai Courtney and Melissa George, based on a
script by Edgerton. Gravitas plans a
late summer North American theatrical release.
Here’s the synopsis of “Felony”:
In FELONY decorated cop Malcolm Toohey (Joel Edgerton) has
it all until a tragic mistake, and the resulting cover-up, endangers his job,
family and even his freedom. Complicit in the cover-up are senior officer Carl
Summer (Tom Wilkinson) and his new partner Jim Melic (Jai Courtney), whose inherent
moral code threatens to bring down the entire division.