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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Prime Video Iss Bringing “The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power” To Comic-Con

The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of PowerPrime Video confirmed today that The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power series will be coming to Comic-Con International: San Diego this July. Creators and stars of the much-anticipated new series will take to the coveted Hall H stage for the very first time, inviting fans of the much beloved franchise to experience Middle-earth as they never have before.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power panel will introduce the international team of actors bringing the show’s roster of new and legendary characters of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Second Age to life.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is led by showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne & Patrick McKay and stars a celebrated cast led by Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Maxim Baldry, Nazanin Boniadi, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Charles Edwards, Trystan Gravelle, Sir Lenny Henry, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Lloyd Owen, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker, Daniel Weyman, and Sara Zwangobani.

Joining Payne & McKay are executive producers Lindsey Weber, Callum Greene, J.A. Bayona, Belén Atienza, Justin Doble, Jason Cahill, Gennifer Hutchison, Bruce Richmond, and Sharon Tal Yguado, as well as producers Ron Ames and Christopher Newman. Wayne Che Yip is co-executive producer and directs, along with J.A. Bayona and Charlotte Brändström.

The multi-season drama will premiere in multiple languages and in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide on Friday, September 2, exclusively on Prime Video, with new episodes available weekly.


Stage-centric Comedy “The Daphne Project” Debuts in Theatres in New York

Stage-centric comedy “The Daphne Project” debuts in theaters in New York starting in July 22nd ahead of Fuse+ release.

The film stars Daphne Wilco (Zora Iman Crews), actress and social justice warrior, hilariously wreaking havoc on an off-off Broadway production of Euripides’ “The Bacchae” in the name of progress, her progress.

Co-directed, written & produced by Alec Tibaldi (the critically acclaimed “Spiral Farm”) and Zora Iman Crews (Amazon Prime’s “Legend’s Of Sleepy Hollow Anthology”), this quick moving New York centric stage driven feature film invites comparisons to another critical favorite “Curb Your Enthusiasm” with its perfectly timed comedic gems. The Daphne Project,” a film festival circuit darling (including top Film Festival’s Geena Davis’s Bentonville Film Festival and St. Louis International Film Festival) will open in theatres beginning in New York with the Quad Cinema on July 22nd with the filmmakers in attendance for Q&A’s, ahead of its platform release through Fuse + later this year.

“The Daphne Project” engaging cast is led by stars Zora Iman Crews (Amazon Prime’s “Legend’s Of Sleepy Hollow Anthology”), Jake Horowitz (Amazon Studios’ “The Vast of Night”, Luca Guadagnino’s Bones and All), April Lavelle (HBO Max’s “The Flight Attendant”), Reed Lancaster (“Gold”), Geena Quintos, Annie-Sage Whitehurst (“Roadside Assistance”), Yael Rizowy (“Trying Hard”), Ed Norwood (“Spiral Farm”), Austin Letorney (“Magnolia Flowers”), Duncan Menaker (“Cilla”), and Piper De Palma (“Spiral Farm”).

The Daphne Project Teaser from Daphne Wilco on Vimeo.

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“The Summer I Turned Pretty” To Debut On Prime Video June 17

Series adaptation of Jenny Han’s best-selling novel to debut on Prime Video June 17, and is to have a New York City premiere on June 14, 2022.

The Summer I Turned Pretty is a multigenerational drama that hinges on a love triangle between one girl and two brothers, the ever-evolving relationship between mothers and their children, and the enduring power of strong female friendship. It is a coming-of-age story about first love, first heartbreak, and the magic of that one perfect summer.

The Prime Video series is led by showrunners Jenny Han, who also wrote the pilot, and Gabrielle Stanton. Han, Stanton, and Karen Rosenfelt serve as executive producers, along with Hope Hartman, Mads Hansen, and Nne Ebong for wiip. The series is a co-production of Amazon Studios and wiip.

The Summer I Turned Pretty stars Lola Tung, Jackie Chung, Rachel Blanchard, Christopher Briney, Gavin Casalegno, Sean Kaufman, Alfredo Narciso, and Minnie Mills, with Colin Ferguson and Tom Everett Scott.
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Pantaya’s El Refugio Trailer And Key Art Released

The U.S. Spanish-language premium streaming service Pantaya, revealed today the official trailer and key art of its first Sci-Fi Spanish language original series “El Refugio” starring Alberto Guerra (“Narcos: Mexico”) and Ana Claudia Talancón (Como Caído del Cielo), executive produced by Juan de Dios Larraín, Pablo Larraín, Ángela Poblete (“Señorita 89”) and Mariane Hartard from Fabula, and Christian Vesper from Fremantle.

Pablo Fendrik serves as the showrunner and director of these six episodes, which are based on the original idea by Julio Rojas (“Caso 63”). The series will premiere on Thursday, June 23rd exclusively on Pantaya in the United States and Puerto Rico.

In “El Refugio” a family experiences the strangest hours of their lives when unusual phenomena begin to take place, apparently caused by a completely unidentified force of nature. But all of it happens through their screens. When they go outside, nothing seems to be happening, aside from what springtime in the Mexican countryside holds in store for a group of humans.

The parents must protect their children from an invisible enemy whom not even they know exists for real. What is real? What happened to the world they knew? Is this ranch a refuge? Is it the final stronghold of humanity?

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Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill” Returns To The Charts

Thanks to the fourth season of “Stranger Things,” Kate Bush’s 1985 classic “Running Up That Hill” is finding new life and fresh new listeners.

With the return of the Netflix’s hit show’s new season on Friday, and the song being a pivotal part of the plot, the song has surged in Spotify by 9,900% in U.S. plays from Thursday to Monday, per Billboard.

Bush has always been more popular particularly in her native UK than in thee US, so it is understandable that the song is experiencing a similar bump in popularity in the UK as well.

The English singer-songwriter originally released Running Up That Hill in 1985. It was the first single from her fifth studio Hounds of Love, which reached the top of the UK charts and the top 40 in Billboard 200. “Hill” itself originally peaked at No. 3 in the UK charts, and 30 in the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.

In the Netflix series’ first episode, the song is frequently played throughout the entire season, at some point accompanying the journey of one of the characters Max Mayfield (Sadie Sink) in the series.


“Heartstopper” Renewed For Season 2 and 3 On Netflix

Heartstopper Renewed For Season 2 and 3 On Netflix“Heartstopper” fans have plenty to celebrate today. Charlie and Nick of the Netflix’s queer teen hit series, is set to return for a second and third season. Netflix confirmed the news on Friday that that the series has beeen renewed for two more seasons.

Produced by See-Saw Films, the live-action adaptation of Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper graphic novel began airing only recently on April 22, 2022.

The writer and creator of both the show and the webcomic/graphic novel, Alice Oseman, revealed the renewal via the Netflix blog, drawing the stories’ lead characters along with a message that said

“Two more seasons,” the writer and creator of both the show and the webcomic/graphic novel, Alice Oseman reveals on the Netflix blog. “We were overjoyed with the global reaction to Heartstopper and can’t wait to continue the story with two more seasons,” Oseman added.

“Heartstopper” features the developing friendship between an openly gay teen Charlie Spring (Joe Locke) and popular school rugby player Nick Nelson (Kit Connor) which the former has affection for while attending an all-boys grammar school.

The series is an instant global hit for Netflix, reaching the top 10 in more than 50 countries, and currently holds 100% rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.


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.


Music From The Netflix Series “Heartstopper” Released

Netflix HeartstopperNetflix’s latest queer coming-of-age rom-com, “Heartstopper”, released on April 22, 2022, is earning plenty of praise. Adapted from a graphic novel by Alice Oseman, the British series follows a teenage romance between two students at a grammar school, Nick, played by Rocketman young-actor Kit Connor and Charlie, played by Joe Locke.

“It’s very strange! I guess it’s been quite a gradual journey, from self-publishing the book in 2016, to having it published traditionally a couple of years later, and now the Netflix show – it’s just been so fun and exciting!,” Oseman on a recent interview with Buzzfeed.

Adding another layer to the 8 episode series is the catchy music that plays along with Nick and Charlie’s romance as well as the storylines involving their circle of friends Tao, Elle, Isaac, Tara and Darcy.

Coinciding with the release of the series is the soundtrack, which was released digitally on Spotify. “Colours of You“, the official single from British artist Baby Queen, was released by Polydor Records.

Baby Queen has a recorded multiple tracks for the soundtrack, including “Dover Beach,” and “Want Me”, both of which played on the series’ first episode, “Meet.”

Other popular songs that has ben featured in the series so far include “Girls” by Girl in Red and “Tired” by Beabadoobee.

Click here to listen to the soundtrack. Heartstopper is now streaming on Netflix.


Gardener Recordings Releases “Russian Doll” By Joe Wong

Gardener Recordings Releases Russian Doll By Joe WongGardener Recordings has announced the upcoming release of Russian Doll: Seasons 1 & 2 (Music From The Netflix Original Series) by Joe Wong. The recordings is set to be available April 20th on all major digital platforms, coinciding with the Season Two launch on Netflix.

“In many ways, we think of ‘Russian Doll’ as a musical, with the score serving to bridge and guide us through the rollercoaster of Nadia’s puzzle box adventure,” notes Natasha Lyonne, the show’s co-creator.

Composed by Joe Wong – who has worked on some of Netflix’s biggest hits including Master Of None and the To All the Boys…franchise, and their critically lauded The Midnight Gospel, the album consists of his dream-like original score with highlights from the breakout first season and the highly anticipated second season.

The first season of Russian Doll follows a woman named Nadia who is caught in a time loop as the guest of honor at a seemingly inescapable party one night in New York City. She dies repeatedly, always restarting at the same moment at the party, as she tries to figure out what is happening to her. Season Two is set four years after Nadia and Alan saved each other and escaped the time loop in Season One — but now they’re stuck in a new kind of loop. This season, Nadia and Alan discover an unexpected time portal that sends them both on an era-spanning adventure through the past. The two must search for a way out of the loop together.

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