January 15, 2016 — FilmRise has announced the acquisition of the exclusive North American home media rights to eight feature films from Gravitas Ventures.
The films include Crazy About Tiffany’s, Peace Officer, Requiem for the American Dream, The Kids Menu, Raven’s Touch, Last Man on the Moon, Why I’m Not on Facebook and Band of Robbers. They will be released on Blu-ray and DVD this winter.
The documentary films are:
Peace Officer, directed by Brad Barber and Scott Christopherson, won the Grand Jury and Audience Awards for Documentary Feature at SXSW in 2015. It concerns the militarization of American police and how this has changed the nature of policing throughout the country.
Crazy about Tiffany’s explores the worldwide fascination with the jewelry store brand — once just a small, undistinguished storefront — and contains interviews with Jessica Biel, Katie Couric, Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin and stylists Rachel Zoe and Kate Young.
Requiem for the American Dream represents a series of interviews with noted intellectual Noam Chomsky about the changes being wrought on the nature of America by the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few people.
The Kid’s Menu is a feature documentary from the team that brought you Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. Joe Cross addresses the issue of what to do about the growing childhood obesity problem, including the areas where there appears to be positive news and a hope for better nutrition for our increasingly obese children.
The Last Man on the Moon talks with Apollo 17 Commander Gene Cernan — literally the last man on the moon — about the final manned moon landing. He talks about how unlikely his progression was, from small town boy to astronaut, and how he wants everyone to believe that they can live their dreams. The film includes archival footage and interviews with former astronauts.
Why I’m Not on Facebook is a documentary about one man’s research into whether becoming part of the social media universe is right for him — and ultimately, what it means for his teenage son, who is thinking about joining on.
Raven’s Touch is a drama about loss and healing. Two women, dealing with tragedy and disruption, find each other and relearn how to heal, grow and become intimate again.
Band of Robbers follows Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer as grown men, still searching for the hidden treasure they have sought since they were boys. It stars Kyle Gallner (American Sniper), Adam Nee (The Last Romantic), Matthew Grey Gubler (Criminal Minds), Hannibal Buress (The Eric Andre Show) and Stephen Lang (Avatar).
Danny Fisher, FilmRise’s CEO, remarked on the slate: “We are delighted to be widening the audience of this exceptional group of films, by releasing them on DVD and Blu-ray,. …We look forward to our continued partnership with Gravitas Ventures, who has allotted us to bring into people’s homes a remarkable slate of films thus far.”