ARC Entertainment announced today that it has acquired U.S. distribution rights to “Freedom” for a day-and-date release on June
5, 2015. The film was directed by Peter Cousens (“Return to Eden”)
and was written by Timothy A. Chey (“The Genius Club”).
“Freedom” follows the true story of Samuel
Woodward, a slave who attempts to escape from a plantation in Monroe, Virginia
using the Underground Railroad in 1856. Woodward’s story is woven together with
that his great grandfather, whose 1748 voyage to America with slave trader
Captain John Newton inspired Newton to write the song “Amazing
Grace.” The song touches the lives of all of the characters in the film.
Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. (“Jerry
McGuire”) stars in the film alongside William Sadler (“The Shawshank
Redemption”), Sharon Leal (“Guiding Light”), David Rasche (“Men
In Black 3″), Terrence Mann (“Critters”) and Michael Goodwin
(“Stuck in Love”). Gooding, Jr. is also an executive producer.
“I was initially drawn to “Freedom” because
of the great cast and storyline, but when I screened the film I knew ARC had to
have it,” said ARC Entertainment Head of Acquisitions Scott Moesta in the
official press release. “We’re absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity
to share “Freedom” with audiences around the country.