Freestyle Digital Media to Release Powerful WWII Documentary Across North American on TVOD/Digital on August 16th, 2022

Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group has acquired North American rights from Insanely Practical Productions the second documentary film directorial effort from filmmaker Stephen Edwards’ (acclaimed composer of “Requiem for My Mother”, and musical contributor to award-winning films such as “Nomadland”, “Dallas Buyer’s Club”), captivating new documentary “Syndrome K.” “Syndrome K” will be available to rent and own on U.S. digital HD internet, and satellite platforms on August 16th, 2022 through Freestyle Digital Media.

The last film to be narrated by acclaimed screen icon Ray Liotta (“Goodfellas,” “Field of Dreams”), “Syndrome K” shines a light on the truly amazing story of three Roman Catholic doctors, who created a highly contagious f ake disease during the Nazi Occupation of Rome to save Roman Jews in a Vatican-affiliated hospital from deportation to Auschwitz during WWII.

When Nazis invaded Rome in 1943, they immediately targeted the Roman Jews. Against Vatican orders, three doctors at Fatebenefratelli, the Vatican-affiliated Catholic hospital hid many Jews who had sought refuge, disguising them as sick patients infected with a wildly touted, highly contagious fake disease they dubbed Syndrome K to fool the Nazis, who were quite fearful of falling victim to disease. The doctors “quarantined” the “infected” Jews to protect them. As Nazi suspicions mounted, they were forced to elaborate and maintain this ruse to keep their countrymen alive until the Allied forces under Gen. Mark Clark began the harrowing fight to liberate Rome from the South. Syndrome K might be the only horrible disease in history that actually saved lives – because it didn’t really exist.
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Photos: The Cave of Adullam Premieres 2022 Tribeca Film Festival

“The Cave of Adullam” was the winner for Best Documentary Feature at 2022 Tribeca Film Festival.

Directed by Laura Checkoway and produced by Laurence Fishburne, the documentary tells the story of martial arts sensei Jason Wright. He tenderly guides his often-troubled young Detroit students with a beautifully effective blend of compassion and tough love.

Photos: AIPimaging.com

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Photos from “It Aint Over” Premiere @ Tribeca Film Festival, NYC

Red carpet photos from the premiere of “It Ain’t Over” at 2022 Tribeca Film Festival.

“From writer/director Sean Mullin, “It Ain’t Over” shows an intimate portrait of a misunderstood American icon, this emotional and uplifting documentary about Yogi Berra takes us beyond the caricatures and “Yogisms,” and into the heart of a sports legend whose unparalleled accomplishments on the baseball diamond were often overshadowed by his off-the-field persona.”

Director: Sean Miullin
Producers: eter Sobiloff, Mike Sobiloff, Natalie Metzger, Matt Miller
Cast: Joe Torre, Derek Jeter, Don Mattingly, Bob Costas, Vin Scully, Billy Crystal

Photos: AIPimaging.com

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Powerful New Documentary Feature To Have World Premiere At Tribeca Festival 2022

A STORY OF BONES tribeca 2022Two women fight for a memorial for the burial ground of enslaved Africans on Saint Helena – and the right to remember.

Thee documentary, which is set to have its world premiere at Tribeca Festival 2022, is directed by Joseph Curran and Dominic Aubrey De Vere.

Joseph Curran and Dominic de Vere are a directing duo compelled by vital stories in urgent need of a spotlight. It is this mission statement that led them to Saint Helena, one of the world’s most remote islands. A Story of Bones is their first feature-length documentary.

Here’s the official synopsis:
As the Chief Environmental Officer for Saint Helena’s troubled £285m ($360m) airport project, Annina Van Neel learned of the island’s most terrible atrocity – an unmarked mass burial ground of an estimated 9,000 formerly enslaved Africans in Rupert’s Valley. It is one of the most significant traces of the transatlantic slave trade still on earth.

Haunted by this historical injustice, Annina now fights alongside renowned African American preservationist Peggy King Jorde and a group of disenfranchised islanders – many of them descendants of the formerly enslaved – for the proper memorialisation of these forgotten victims. The resistance they face exposes disturbing truths about the UK’s colonial past and present.

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David Henry Gerson’s “The Story Won’t Die” Sets Release Date

the story wont die“The Story Won’t Die” from director David Henry Gerson, has set its release theatrically in Los Angeles on June 10 (Laemmle Cinemas) and in New York (Cinema Village) on Friday, June 17.

Featuring Medhat Aldaabal, Tammam Azzam, Diala Brisly, Abu Hajar, Bahila Hijazi, Omar Imam, Lynn Mayya, Anas Maghrebi and Mhd Sabboura (BBoy Shadow), the film is an official selection for Hot Docs, AFI Docs, Watch Docs and many more.

“The Story Won’t Die is an inspiring, timely look at a young generation of Syrian artists who use their work to protest and process what is currently the world’s largest and longest ongoing displacement of people since World War II. The film is produced by Sundance Award-winning producer Odessa Rae (Navalny).

Rapper Abu Hajar, together with other celebrated creative personalities of the Syrian uprising, a post-Rock musician (Anas Maghrebi), members of the first all-female Syrian rock band (Bahila Hijazi and Lynn Mayya), break-dancer (Bboy Shadow), choreographer (Medhat Aldaabal), and visual artists (Tammam Azzam, Omar Imam and Diala Brisly), use their art to rise in revolution and endure in exile in this new documentary reflecting on a battle for peace, justice and freedom of expression. It is an uplifting and humanizing look at what it means to be a refugee in today’s world and offers inspiring and hopeful vantages on a creative response to the chaos of war.

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Netflix Releases “Like a Rolling Stone: The Life and Times of Ben Fong-Torres”

Like A Rolling Stone The Life and Times of Ben Fong TorresJust in time for Asian Pacific and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Netflix has released the award winning acclaimed documentary about of one of America’s most important legendary music editors – Ben Fong-Torres, which is now streaming on the platform as of today.

The film, directed by Suzanne Joe Kai, is an insightful, moving and entertaining portrait of the iconic Asian American journalist who was instrumental in the careers of many iconic music legends. It was no secret that every rock/pop/soul music act of the 70’s yearned to be on the cover of the revolutionary Rolling Stone magazine and be interviewed by Ben Fong-Torres.

Executive produced by Oscar® winning Freida Lee Mock, Oscar® nominated Bryn Mooser, award winning Doug Blush and the late Tony Hsieh, LIKE A ROLLING STONE: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BEN FONG-TORRES shows us how the legendary Rolling Stone magazine writer and music editor, defined the cultural zeitgeist of the ’60s and ’70s. Featuring incredible archival footage and intimate interviews with Ben Fong-Torres, Cameron Crowe, Annie Leibovitz, Carlos Santana, Elton John, Steve Martin, Bob Weir, Quincy Jones, Marvin Gaye and more, this film brings us the personal story of this legendary journalist.

Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
The lights, the crowds, the music! Ben Fong-Torres covered it all at Rolling Stone, as its legendary writer and first music editor. Ben’s life is an epic sweep through the world of rock and roll. The American-born son of Chinese immigrants, Ben grew up in Chinatown with only a radio to the outside world. Driven by a passion for music and writing, his groundbreaking work helped define American culture. He became a voice of a generation which changed America forever.
Featuring incredible archival footage and intimate interviews with Ben Fong-Torres, Cameron Crowe, Annie Leibovitz, Carlos Santana, Elton John, Steve Martin, Bob Weir, Quincy Jones, Marvin Gaye, Paul McCartney and more, this film brings us the personal story of this legendary journalist.

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“End Of The Line” Documentary Set For June 14 Release

TEnd Of The Line Documentary June 14 Releasehe character-driven documentary about the New York City subway crisis is set for release in digital and cable on demand platforms in the United States on Tuesday, June 14.

The film is from award-winning filmmaker Emmett Adler, who directed, edited and produced the film. It is also an official selection for thee DC NYC. Adler also produced the film, along with Ian Mayer and co-Producer Mariah Wilson.

Gravitas Ventures has set the release of the documentary on June 14, 2022.

Here’s the official synopsis for “End Of The Line:

Establishing the vital economic importance and grandeur of New York City’s historic subway system, the film dives into its dire modern-day troubles picking up in the late 2010s when flooding, overcrowding, power failures, and derailments have become commonplace. After a particularly bad spate of disasters in the summer of 2017, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proclaims a state of emergency and hires a new international wunderkind executive named Andy Byford to save the subways. Byford, an earnest Briton with an impressive resume, enters as a charismatic would-be hero. As the political turmoil behind the subway’s decline comes into sharp focus, scenes in barbershops, bodegas, and bakeries show the frustration and devastation among business owners and residents who are caught in the middle.

Ultimately, the COVID-19 pandemic furthers this, and brings to light America’s need to shore up its infrastructure in cities across the country and the inequality struggles that are central to this debate. A heartfelt and scrupulous exploration, this film poses the question: what happens when the lifeline of a city goes flat?

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Video Project And Rangeland Productions Bring Climate Change Front And Center With “12th Hour”

Video Project And Rangeland Productions Bring Climate Change Doc 12th HourCalifornia-based distributor Video Project has announced worldwide rights and a Spring release for the award-winning documentary 12TH HOUR. Emmy nominee David Morse (“The Chair,” “Blindspot”) narrates the brutally honest climate change documentary, directed by Susan Kucera (Hot Money).

Narrated by David Morse, the doc bridges the gap between how our brains evolved to solve problems and what the human race needs to survive climate change.

This announcement is timed perfectly for Earth Day (which is this Friday, April 22) — The socially conscious film distributor has launched a 500-school outreach program wherein any school can receive 38-page study guide and screen the film for free. John Zavalney, Los Angeles Unified School District’s Science and Environmental Educator (retired) will be available to facilitate screening events in Los Angeles area classrooms.

12th Hour will also be available on April 26 on Kanopy, the on-demand educational streaming video platform for public libraries and universities.

Climate affects nearly every aspect of our lives; from our food sources to transport infrastructure, to shelter and clothing. It is representative of our livelihoods, our health, and our future. In recent years, however, science has proven that warmer temperatures over time are changing weather patterns and disrupting the balance of nature which poses great risks to humanity and all other forms of life worldwide. With insight from noted evolutionary biologists, climate scientists, cognitive researchers, and psychologists, 12th Hour explores how human traits evolved to solve short-term challenges for our immediate survival and how we might bridge the gap between short and long-term planning.

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Trailer And Release Date Set For Sports Doc “Alaskan Nets”

Trailer And Release Date Set For Sports Doc Alaskan NetsGood Deed Entertainment has announced a release date of April 8 on digital and video on demand for sports documentary ALASKAN NETS. The film, which is exec-produced by Chris Pratt and his production company Indivisible Productions, made its world premiere at the 36th Santa Barbara International Film Festival in the Documentary Competition this past year and won the Audience Choice Award.

Off the coast of Southeast Alaska lies an island — remote, largely hidden from the outside world and home to the Tsimshian natives of Alaska’s last remaining native reserve: Metlakatla. For more than a century, two sacred traditions have defined Metlakatla: fishing and basketball. Audiences will witness the improbable journey of cousins Danny Marsden and DJ King, fishermen and stars of the high school basketball team as they lead their team and town toward their first state championship in more than 30 years – the only thing that will bring life back to an island that has undergone unimaginable tragedy.

“Making this film was a giant leap of faith,” stated Director Jeff Harasimowicz. “We always believed it could be something special, and our continued belief is what kept us going these last four years. From our first conversation with Good Deed we could tell that they shared our passion and would be the perfect partner to help share this powerful story with the world. As they say in Metlakatla, ‘Wayi Wah! (Let’s Go!)’” Alaskan Nets is directed and produced by Jeff Harasimowicz of Raised By Wolves and produced by Ryan Welch of AO Films. It is made in association with SLAM and RTG Features. Pratt – who spent some of his childhood in Alaska – executive produced with Jon Schumacher and Sahir Iqbal.

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Shaquille O’Neal Hosts Free Screening Of Oscar Nominated Short Documentary “The Queen Of Basketball”

Shaquille ONealNBA Superstar and movie producer Shaquille O’Neal announced today he is hosting continuous screenings of an Oscar® nominated film at the Capri Theatre in Jackson, MS in honor of the birthday of the late Lusia “Lucy” Harris aka The Queen of Basketball born on February 10, 1955, in nearby Greenwood, MS. [Press Photos]

Ms. Harris is the subject of the Academy Award® nominated short subject documentary THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL directed by two-time Academy Award® nominee Ben Proudfoot. Ms. Harris passed away on January 18, 2022, just three weeks prior to the Oscar® announcement. The film was produced in Ms. Harris’ hometown of Greenwood, Mississippi.

Executive Producer O’Neal states: “Today would have been Lucy’s 67th birthday; so, In her honor, I’m bringing the THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL to the big screen for everyone in Mississippi. In honor of her life achievements and to celebrate her story’s Oscar® nomination, I’m encouraging parents to take their children, coaches to take their teams and black families with little black girls to experience Lucy’s story.”

The screenings at Jackson’s historic Capri Theatre, recently lovingly restored, will take place today – Thursday, February 10 starting at 11:00 AM and will run continuously with the last screening beginning at 4:15 PM.

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