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FilmRise Raises $25 Million for Acquisitions Fund

FilmRise Raises $25 Million for Acquisitions Fund

Fledgling film and TV distributor FilmRise, which is releasing such documentaries as Alex Gibney’s Oscar contender “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” and Amy Berg’s upcoming “Janis: Little Girl Blue” (November 27), has raised $25 million for an acquisition fund, mostly from New York private investor Josh Harlan’s Harlan Capital Partners.

The Brooklyn-based distributor FilmRise has been on a recent buying spree, acquiring nine films from Gravitas Ventures for home media distribution, including “Back to the Future” doc “Back in Time” (October 21), David Gelb’s “A Faster Horse,” and Evel Knievel bio-doc “Being Evel,” which will likely be released on DVD and Blu-ray this fall.

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Founded by Danny Fisher, Jack Fisher and Alan Klingenstein in 2010 as Fisher Klingenstein Films, CEO Danny Fisher seeks to grow their audience via niche sports and music subjects — with a focus on Internet, mobile and emerging digital platforms. With 6000 titles and counting, they also recently acquired “Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of” and “The Nightmare,” “Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans,” and Chinese martial arts blockbuster “Monster Hunt.” FilmRise also acquired libraries from Troma Entertainment and LGBT-themed distributor Water Bearer Films.

Their films are in digital release via Amazon Prime, iTunes, Netflix Instant Watch, Hulu, VUDU, Xbox, Sony PlayStation, Crackle, Fandor, and on DVD and BluRay on Amazon and over 200 online retailers.

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