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Film Acquisition Rundown, Week of May 23: Abramorama Rocks Out With ‘Breaking a Monster,’ The Orchard Falls For ‘Miss Stevens’

Film Acquisition Rundown, Week of May 23: Abramorama Rocks Out With 'Breaking a Monster,' The Orchard Falls For 'Miss Stevens'

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Film Acquisition Rundown to find out what films got new homes and are coming to a theater or streaming platform near you.

– Abramorama will release Luke Meyer’s fascinating music documentary “Breaking a Monster” in theaters nationwide. The unique coming of age story follows the breakout of Unlocking the Truth, a teen heavy metal trio from Brooklyn who skyrocket to fame after a video of their performance in Times Square goes viral. Abramorama is planning a June 24 opening in New York, followed by Los Angeles on July 1, with additional cities to be added throughout the summer. Said Richard Abramowitz, President of Abramorama, “This is an exceptional, crowd-pleasing, insightful film crafted with great thought and sensitivity. It appeals to a cross-section of demographics that make us excited about broadening the traditional art-house audience. It’s films like this that give us all hope about the future of the movie-going experience.”

– Starz Digital has acquired all North American distribution rights to Barbara Kopple’s crowd-pleasing documentary “Miss Sharon Jones!,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and went on to play at a slew of festivals around the world to great acclaim. Starz Digital will open the movie theatrically on July 29,  followed by a digital, on-demand and home video release this fall. 

-The Orchard has picked up all North American rights to Julia Hart’s directorial debut, “Miss Stevens,” written by Hart and Jordan Horowitz. The film, which premiered at SXSW in March, stars Lily Rabe, who won the SXSW Best Actress Special Jury Prize for this role, along with Timotheé Chalamet, Lili Reinhart, Anthony Quintal, Oscar Nuñez and Rob Huebel.

– The Orchard has also acquired all North American and UK rights to Logan Kibens’ directorial debut, “Operator,” which also premiered at SXSW in March. The film stars Martin Starr and Mae Whitman and centers on a seemingly happy couple torn apart by the strange demands on technology. 

– Gravitas has acquired all U.S. domestic rights to the dark crime thriller “Dirty” from first-time filmmaker Daniel Ringey. The film “follows two dirty cops who find themselves relieved of over two million dollars in stolen drugs and money, which then forces them into a bizarre and mysterious investigation to recover it.” The film will hit both VOD and TV on July 12.

– MPI Media Group has snapped up all North American distribution rights to “If There’s A Hell Below,” described as “a tense political thriller directed by Nathan Williams,” which premiered at the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival. The  film will be released theatrically under MPI’s Dark Sky Films banner in late fall of 2016 followed by a release across all platforms.

– Flix Premiere, “the world’s first online Cineplex,” picked up exclusive distribution rights for the film “Interwoven,” directed by VW Scheich and starring Academy Award winner Mo’Nique at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film is part of the latest round of Flix Premiere’s movie acquisitions for exclusive distribution on the company’s theater-on-demand platform. The film will become available at the time of Flix Premiere’s global launch. 

– USA Swimming is partnering with Tugg, Inc. to release “The Last Gold,” a feature-length film on “one of the greatest untold stories in Olympic history,” nationwide on Monday, July 11. The film “details the heroic efforts of the women’s 1976 U.S. Olympic swim team as it competed against the systematically-doped East Germans. After an entire competition of disappointing results, winning no races and facing critical media that heaped on additional pressure, the U.S. women rallied together to do as a team what they could not do individually – win gold.”

– FilmRise today has acquired the exclusive worldwide distribution rights to the documentary “The Sunshine Makers” and will give the film a theatrical release in Fall 2016. The film “reveals the extraordinary, untold story of Nicholas Sand and Tim Scully, the unlikely duo at the heart of the 1960s psychedelic revolution. United in a utopian mission to save the planet through the consciousness-raising power of LSD, these underground chemists manufactured industrial quantities of Orange Sunshine, the most famous acid ever made, as they tried to stay one step ahead of the feds.”

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