FilmRise Acquires Rights to 8 Films From Gravitas Ventures
FilmRise announced today that it has acquired the exclusive home media rights to eight films from Gravitas Ventures including "Jim: The James Foley Story," "Addicted to Fresno," "4th Man Out," "Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong" and "Froning: The Fittest Man in History." The film and television distributor will release the films on DVD and Blu-ray throughout Spring and Summer 2016. Other titles include: "Advantageous," "Anarchy Parlor" and "All Stars."
Premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, "Jim: The James Foley Story" explores THE LIFE and death of American photojournalist, James "Jim" Foley. Kidnapped by ISIS on Thanksgiving Day in 2012, Jim would go missing for two years before video footage of his execution would surface, introducing the world to the brutality of the ISIS regime. Directed by childhood friend, Brian Oakes, the documentary tells the story of Jim's life through intimate interviews with those closest to him.
In comedy "Addicted to Fresno," Shannon (Judy Greer) and Martha (Natasha Lyonne) are two co-dependent sisters, one a sex addict and the other a lonely lesbian, working as housekeepers at a Fresno hotel until they find themselves involved in an accidental crime, and go to great lengths to cover it up. Molly Shannon, Fred Armisen, Ron Livingston and Aubrey Plaza also star.
In "4th Man Out," following a night of heavy drinking, Adam (Evan Todd) breaks the news to his three best heterosexual buds Chris (Parker Young,) Ortu (Jon Gabrus,) and Nick (Chord Overstreet) that he's gay. At first a disruption to their group dynamic, the friends soon find themselves accepting and supporting their friend, counseling him through his love life.
Real life loves Jamie Chung and Brian Greenberg start in romantic comedy, "Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong." When Chinese American toy designer, Ruby (Chung) visits Hong Kong for the first time on business, she finds herself stranded and meeting Josh (Greenberg) who shows her the city. Their undeniable attraction for one another is cut short following a surprising revelation. When they meet again a year later, they will decide whether they will make the next step, despite being connected to other people.
"Froning: The Fittest Man in History" follows CrossFit legend, Rich Froning Jr. as he enters the 2014 CrossFit Games. With three consecutive victories already under his belt, he has already reached a feat accomplished by no other athlete. The in-depth documentary also explores the man behind the legend, taking a peek into Froning as a son, husband and new father.
"We are pleased to be announcing that our rewarding partnership with Gravitas Ventures continues, as we acquire this exceptional collection of films," said Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise. "We look forward to widening the audience for each film, as we make them available to enjoy at home."
"After several lucrative partnerships, we are once again pleased to be working with FilmRise on this incredible slate of films," said Nolan Gallagher, CEO of Gravitas Ventures. "We are confident that FilmRise will ensure that these films find further success on DVD and Blu-ray."
FilmRise is a film and TV distribution company founded by veteran producer/financiers Danny Fisher, Jack Fisher and Alan Klingenstein. With over 6,000 titles in a wide range of genres, the company's film acquisitions and releases include HBO's multiple Emmy®-winning "Going Clear," the "Toxic Avenger" series, the hit documentary "All Things Must Pass," the Global Lens Collection and Slamdance Audience-award winner "Hank and Asha." Television titles include hit series such as Showtime's Emmy®-winning "Years of Living Dangerously," and the longest running true crime show on television "Forensic Files." Titles are in release digitally on Amazon Prime, iTunes, Netflix Instant Watch, Hulu, VUDU, Xbox, Sony PlayStation, Crackle, Fandor and other platforms, and on DVD and BluRay on Amazon and over 200 online retailers, including Walmart and Barnes & Noble. FilmRise's recent acquisitions are two-time Academy Award®-nominee Julie Delpy's "Lolo"; the Star Wars documentary "Elstree 1976"; the acclaimed true crime documentary "The Witness"; "Five Nights in Maine," starring Oscar®-winner Dianne Wiest, David Oyelowo, and Oscar®-nominee Rosie Perez; and the Sundance documentary "Holy Hell." For more information go to: www.FilmRise.com
ABOUT GRAVITAS VENTURES
Gravitas Ventures is a leading all rights distributor of independent cinema. Founded in 2006, Gravitas connects independent filmmakers and producers with distribution opportunities across the globe. Working with more than 500 content partners, Gravitas Ventures has distributed thousands of films into over 100 million homes. Their most recent releases include Colin Hanks' "All Things Must Pass," "Being Evel" from Academy Award® winning director Daniel Junge and producer Johnny Knoxville, "Bleeding Heart" starring Jessica Biel and Zosia Mamet, "Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of," and "Barney Thomson" starring Robert Carlyle and Emma Thompson. For more information, please visit gravitasventures.com and follow @GravitasVOD on Twitter and @gravitasventures on Instagram.