Emily Ting’s SXSW Comedy ‘Go Back To China’ Acquired By Gravitas Ventures

Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide rights to Emily Ting’s second directorial feature Go Back to Chinastarring Anna Akana. The film will have a limited theatrical release and be available on VOD starting March 6, 2020.

The semi-autobiographical film made its world premiere at SXSW earlier this year. The story follows Sasha Li (Akana), a spoiled rich girl who after blowing through most of her trust fund is forced by her father to go back to China and work for the family toy business. What begins simply as a way to regain financial support soon develops into a life-altering journey of self-discovery, as she learns the business from the ground up and reconnects with her estranged family in the process.

Go Back to China serves up a heartfelt story of cultural identity, family relationships, privilege and an honest look at the human cost of things made in China.

“I had an amazing time partnering up with Gravitas on my first film Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong, and I am ecstatic to be working with them again to bring this extremely personal film to audiences worldwide,” said Ting.

The film also stars veteran Hong Kong actor Richard NgLynn Chen and Kelly Hu. Ting produced the film alongside Sophia Shek and Frederick Thornton. Lowell Shapiro and Mike Dill serve as executive producers.

The distribution deal for Go Back to China was negotiated by Tony Piantedosi, VP Acquisitions at Gravitas, and Eric Sloss of Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers.

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Katie Holmes & Josh Lucas Drama ‘The Secret: Dare to Dream’ Lands At Gravitas

Gravitas Ventures has secured the North American distribution to rights The Secret: Dare to Dream, starring Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas. Gravitas has partnered with Roadside Attractions to release the film in theaters on April 17.

The pic, which hails from tri-G Films, was directed by Sweet Home Alabama helm Andy Tennant and inspired by Rhonda Byrne’s 2006 NYT bestseller, The Secret. Adapted by Bekah Brunstetter, Tennant, and Rick Parks, the plot centers around Miranda Wells (Holmes), a hard-working young widow struggling to raise three children on her own. A powerful storm brings a devastating challenge and a mysterious man, Bray Johnson (Lucas), into her life. In just a few short days, Bray’s presence re-ignites the family’s spirit, but he carries a secret—and that secret could change everything.

Celia Weston and Jerry O’Connell co-star. Producers are Byrne, Robert Cort, Paul Hanson, Joe Gelchion, Matthew George, and Robert Katz.

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Gravitas Ventures picks up Toronto premiere 'The Rest Of Us' for the US (exclusive)

Gravitas Ventures has acquired US rights to recent Toronto festival premiere The Rest Of Us from sales agent Voltage Pictures. 

The drama-comedy about the complicated relationships between two women and their daughters stars Heather Graham, Sophie Nélisse, Jodi Balfour and Abigail Pniowsky. Aisling Chin-Yee directed from a script by Alanna Francis.

Katie Bird Nolan and Lindsay Tapscott of Babe Nation Films, William Woods of Woods Entertainment, and Emma Fleury served as producers. Executive Producers are Damon D’Oliveira and Patrice Theroux.

Gravitas, part of the Europe-based multi-national Red Arrow Studios group, will make the film available in US cinemas and on demand on February 28 next year.

Voltage Pictures president and chief operating officer Jonathan Deckter commented: “We’re thrilled to partner with our friends at Gravitas to bring The Rest of Us to US audiences. This thoughtful, genuine film centered on the portrayal of authentic, complex women will no doubt resonate with audiences.”

Gravitas vice-president of acquisitions Tony Piantedosi added: “In her remarkably assured feature debut, Aisling draws out deeply affecting performances from her quartet of actresses. As both a female-led story and an example of overcoming shared resentment in favor of personal and communal growth, this is a film that domestic audiences need to see in 2020.”

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Gravitas Ventures Acquires SXSW Doc 'Red Dog'

Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to the documentary “Red Dog,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The film, which premiered at 2019 SXSW Film Festival, was directed by singer-songwriter Luke Dick and Casey Pinkston. The documentary tells the story of the infamous topless bar in Oklahoma City, Red Dog, and will be available on-demand on Jan. 7.

Piantedosi negotiated the deal with Endeavor Content.

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Gravitas Ventures Partners Strikes multi-year sales deal with Myriad Pictures

Myriad Pictures and Gravitas Ventures have announced at AFM a multi-year deal granting Myriad exclusive sales rights to hundreds of Gravitas’ new release and library narrative films.

Key narrative titles Myriad Pictures will be selling include the Tye Sheridan (pictured) and Jeffrey Wright drama Age Out; drama Already Gone with Seann William Scott and Shiloh Fernandez; drama I’m Not Here with J.K. Simmons and Mandy Moore; thriller Wetlands with Heather Graham; thriller Dark Crimes with Jim Carrey; and family title Christmas Break-In with Denise Richards.

The deal covers new narrative acquisitions and catalogue narrative titles with international rights available. D’Amico has begun tlaking to buyers at AFM. Gravitas Ventures will continue to distribute in North America.

“We look forward to collaborating with Gravitas on future titles especially since Gravitas has demonstrated over many years and many titles that they know what works commercially at every level of distribution,” said Myriad CEO Kirk D’Amico. “Nolan and his team have consistently shown excellent results on the titles that they have released.”

“Gravitas Ventures is thrilled to collaborate with Myriad Pictures, an industry leader in film distribution,” said CEO Nolan Gallagher. “Our catalog has now grown to the point where working with Myriad will allow us to expand the international presence of our diverse slate of narrative films and continue to acquire commercial films for global audiences.”

Bo Stehmeier, president of Gravitas owner Red Arrow Studios International and the executive in charge of distribution at Red Arrow Studios, said: “Selling independent film is a specialist business, and as the Gravitas catalog continues to grow rapidly, it makes sense to appoint film specialists to ensure that Gravitas’ international business continues to expand.”

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Gravitas Ventures acquired worldwide rights to 'Fittest In Dubai'

Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide rights to “Fittest in Dubai,” a documentary produced by Dubai Film and directed by Gerry Blaksley.

The film will be available in theaters and on demand on Nov. 5. It follows athletes as they compete in the Dubai CrossFit Championship. The documentary stars athletes Mat Fraser, Samantha Briggs, Sara Sigmundsdóttir, Laura Horvath, and Jamie Greene.

Tony Piantedosi of Gravitas negotiated the deal with Irene Proimos on behalf of the producers.

Gravitas Ventures Acquires ‘Age Out’ starring Tye Sheridan, Imogen Poots, Jeffrey Wright and Caleb Landry Jones

Gravitas Ventures has landed worldwide rights to A.J. Edwards’s crime drama Age Out (formerly known as Friday’s Child), which premiered at 2018 SXSW Film Festival. The pic, which will be released in limited theaters and on demand November 22, stars Tye Sheridan (Ready Player OneX-Men: Apocalypse), Imogen Poots (Green Room), Jeffrey Wright (WestworldHunger Games), Brett Butler (The Walking Dead), and Caleb Landry Jones (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriX-Men: First Class). The plot follows Richie (Sheridan), a fresh out of foster care 18-year-old who is forced to navigate a stark life on his own since his emancipation. Richie must survive despite a glaring environment of poverty, addiction and run-ins with the law. Tony Piantedosi, Vice President of Acquisitions at Gravitas, negotiated the deal with Alan Elias at OnBuzz.

Gravitas Ventures Acquires worldwide rights to sci-fi adventure, 'Cosmos'

Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide rights to sci-fi adventure “Cosmos,” written and directed by brothers Elliot and Zander Weaver.
“Cosmos” will be available in theaters and on demand on Nov. 8. It explores the first hours of first contact with an extraterrestrial race after three amateur astronomers uncover a faint, coded message in the airways — what they believe is an alien signal.
“’Cosmos’ is one of the most original indie sci-fi’s I’ve seen and when you learn about the shoe-string production behind the incredible visuals, the awe just grows,” said Nick Rovak, manager of acquisitions. “The Weaver brothers embody the best elements of exploratory filmmaking and we are very proud to have their first widely released feature.”


Gravitas Nabs rights to self-driving car documentary, 'Autonomy'

Gravitas Ventures has acquired rights to self-driving cars documentary “Autonomy,” directed by Alex Horwitz and executive produced by author Malcolm Gladwell, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film will be available in theaters and on demand on Nov. 15. “Autonomy” debuted at the 2019 South by Southwest Film Festival and was inspired by a cover story in Car and Driver, “Auto-No-Mo’-Us: Addressing the Totality of the Driverless Car,” guest-edited by Gladwell.

“Autonomy” investigates how driverless cars could enhance mobility for the disabled and support agriculture, technology and the economy while also posing the question, “Are we willing to put our lives in the hands of a machine?”

“Alex presents an insightful and balanced examination of the driverless future that we’re racing towards every day, with its global implications both thrilling and foreboding,” said Tony Piantedosi, vice president of acquisitions at Gravitas Ventures.

“Autonomy” was produced by Car and Driver and Haven Entertainment. Piantedosi negotiated the deal with Joe Facarion at Endeavor Content.


Gravitas Ventures acquires 'Christmas Break-In' Starring Denise Richards, Danny Glover, Cameron Seely

Gravitas Ventures has acquired rights to “Christmas Break-In,” starring Cameron Seely, Denise Richards, Sean O’Bryan, and Danny Glover, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film will be available in theaters and on demand on Sept. 6. Directed by Michael Kampa, “Christmas Break-In” follows an energetic 9-year-old played by Seely as she anxiously awaits the holidays with just a few days left at school. When her overscheduled parents can’t pick her up, a blizzard traps her and the school’s janitor inside the building where they must fend off bad guys.

Tony Piantedosi of Gravitas negotiated the deal with David Babin of Koan on behalf of the filmmakers.