Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American distribution rights to Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber’s documentary “Peace Officer.” The non-fiction feature premiered at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this year and won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for Documentary. It was also selected as an Indiewire Project of the Day this past February.
“Peace Officer” is a timely documentary about the increasingly militarized state of American police as told through the story of William “Dub” Lawrence, a former Utah sheriff who established his rural state’s first SWAT team only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later. Since his consequent retirement, Lawrence has used his own investigation skills to uncover the truth behind his son’s death and other recent officer-involved shootings in his community.
“‘Peace Officer’ could not be more timely and is evocative of how one person can be a catalyst for nationwide thought and change,” said said Nolan Gallagher, Founder and CEO of Gravitas Ventures. “We are thrilled to work with directors Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber, producer David Lawrence and the Submarine Deluxe team to raise the theatrical and VOD awareness for this powerful film.”
The film will receive a theatrical release this fall and will air on PBS’ “Independent Lens” in Spring 2016.