‘The Rise Of Jordan Peterson’ Documentary Acquired By Gravitas Ventures; October Release Set

EXCLUSIVE: Gravitas Ventures has acquired U.S. rights to The Rise of Jordan Peterson, a feature documentary directed by Patricia Marcoccia about the controversial Canadian psychology professor-turned-YouTube philosopher. A day-and-date rollout in theaters and on-demand is set for October 29.

Marcoccia charts the rise of Peterson, who in 2016 sparked outrage and support for his stand against political correctness and Canadian human rights legislation in late 2016, leading to his rise as a global intellectual. His 2018 book 12 Rules For Life, has been published in 50 languages and has sold more than 3 million copies. His YouTube videos are nearing 150 million views.

The pic offers a rare, intimate glimpse into the controversial period that led to his rise in profile. “Even people who think they’ve seen it all have not seen what we’ve been able to capture in this film,” Marcoccia said. “It’s always been important to me that the film remains nuanced, honest and human, especially in the polarized and explosive media landscape we’re currently in.”

“Gravitas is excited to release The Rise of Jordan Peterson,with director Patricia Marcoccia, who was at the forefront of documenting Peterson’s life,” said Nolan Gallagher, CEO and founder of Gravitas Ventures. “The documentary gives audiences a deeper look into the controversy surrounding Peterson. Whether you agree or disagree with him, we believe audiences will find the documentary captivating.”

Gallagher negotiated the deal with executive producer Paul Kemp and producers Marcoccia and Maziar Ghaderi.

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Budweiser and ACE Content’s New Doc ‘Kings of Beer’ Delves Into the Super Bowl of Brewing Beer

America certainly loves its beer, and it’s maybe never been as apparent as in the new trailer for ACE Content and Budweiser’s documentary, “Kings of Beer,” which provides a never-before-seen look at the rigorous standards and intense competition that characterize the brewing of the iconic American lagers.

The exclusive trailer above illustrates the documentary subjects’ passion for brewing beer. One interviewee even calls the competition, “like winning the Super Bowl, or the World Series.”

“‘Kings of Beer’ is a story about regular people from all over the world who dreamed of becoming brewmasters and who share an uncompromising ambition to be the best at their craft,” producer and ACE Content CEO Justin V. Barocas said in a statement. “We found their stories to be incredibly inspiring and we think that anyone who wants to be the best at what they do, will love these characters too.”

ACE Content, in collaboration with Budweiser, announced on Tuesday that it has partnered with Red Arrow Studios’ Gravitas Ventures to release the film in select theaters in the U.S. and Canada on Aug. 2. It will then be available on demand in more than 50 countries.

“Kings of Beer,” directed by Sean Mullin (“Amira & Sam”), centers around a diverse group of elite Budweiser brewmasters from 65 breweries and 23 countries as they battle it out in an intense competition to brew the best American lager, which, according to the film, is regarded as the most difficult beer to brew.

Judged by an illustrious group of experts who are sequestered in the historic walls of Budweiser’s “Room 220” — the most renowned room in the brewing world — the brewmaster who can brew the best, most consistent American lager over a 12-month period will bring home the coveted Global Brewmaster Cup.

“‘Kings of Beer’ is a special film, not only because of Budweiser’s role in America’s brewing history, but because for the first time we are able to offer audiences a seat in our tasting room for a firsthand look at our very personal and competitive process,” Pete Kraemer, a fifth generation brewer and the Chief Global Brewmaster at Budweiser, said in a statement. Kraemer also appears in the film. “We hope this film will shed light on the complexity of brewing and inspire more Brewmasters to come.”

UTA Marketing packaged the project with ACE, and UTA Independent Film Group brokered the theatrical deal with Gravitas on behalf of ACE and Budweiser.

“ACE Content and director Sean Mullin have done an incredible job of capturing the profound attention to detail that these brewmasters put into their craft,” said Tony Piantedosi, vice president of acquisitions at Gravitas Ventures, in a statement. “We think this film has the power to resonate with a wide audience and we are excited to share it this summer.”


‘Armstrong’ Doc Set for Release on 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing

Gravitas Ventures has bought worldwide rights to the Neil Armstrong documentary “Armstrong” and will open the film on July 12 in theaters and on demand, Variety has learned exclusively.

“Armstrong,” featuring the voice of Harrison Ford, is directed by David Fairhead (“Spitfire” and “Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo”), and produced by Gareth Dodds and Keith Haviland (“The Last Man on the Moon”). The film will open eight days before the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

“Armstrong” will include never-before-seen family home-movie footage and photos, showcasing Armstrong’s service as a fighter pilot in Korea, his test-pilot days, and the Gemini 8 and Apollo 11 missions.


Gravitas Ventures has acquired 'Boy Genius' starring Rita Wilson, Miles Brown, Tracie Thoms and more

Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to the family film “Boy Genius,” starring Rita Wilson, Zach Gilford, Tracie Toms, and Miles Brown, Variety has learned exclusively.

Directed by Bridget Stokes from a script by Vicky Wight, “Boy Genius” centers on a 12 year-old child prodigy (Brown) who teams up with a quirky retiree to solve a crime and save his family from splitting up. The film received the Jury Award for Best Family Film from the Bentonville Film Festival and the Audience Award for Best Family Film at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

The film also stars Jackson Pace, Skylan Brooks, Ravi Patel, Arden Myrin, Nora Dunn and Miles Brown. Tony Piantedosi from Gravitas Ventures negotiated the deal with Six Foot Pictures on behalf of the filmmakers.

“Boy Genius” is due to hit theaters Sept. 6 and will be available on demand the same day.

Gravitas Ventures Picks Up North American Rights To Alt-Right Drama ‘Cuck’

EXCLUSIVE: Red Arrow Studios-owned Gravitas Ventures has picked up North American rights to alt-right drama Cuckstarring Zachary Ray Sherman (Everything Sucks!), Timothy V. Murphy (True Detective) and Sally Kirkland (Anna).

Sherman stars as a man living with his mother in a run-down section of Van Nuys, California. Unstable and isolated, he binges on alt-right vlogs and creates his own video channel on the downfall of ‘real America’ with dangerous consequences.

The Rimrock Pictures production directed by Rob Lambert in his directorial debut is co-written and co-produced by Lambert and Joe Varkle.

Nick Royak, manager of acquisitions, from Gravitas negotiated the deal with executive producer Salomé Breziner on behalf of the filmmakers. The feature is due for a limited theatrical run and an on-demand release from October 4, 2019.

Cuck is a character study on both a person and a uniquely American virus. There are dark, destructive elements in our society that need to be examined. As the saying goes, ‘sunlight is the best disinfectant’, and that’s exactly what we illuminate with this film,” said director Lambert.

Gravitas Ventures Acquires ‘Santa Girl’

Gravitas Ventures has nabbed the worldwide distribution rights (excluding Germany) to Santa Girl, the romantic comedy starring Wizards Of Waverly Place alum Jennifer Stone. Directed by Blayne Weaver, The Capital Arts Entertainment film will get a day-and-date release in theaters and on demand August 30. Stone plays Santa Claus’ only daughter, Cassie Claus, who wants to experience the “real world” before she must marry the son of Jack Frost, a boy she has never met, and take over the family business. Along with her trusty elf, she sets off to college while trying to keep her magic powers and famous father a secret. At school Cassie is pursued by two boys: Sam, sweetly awkward and J.R., handsome and wealthy. As her impending arranged marriage looms, Cassie struggles with her feelings for Sam and her obligation to her father and Christmas. Devon Werkheiser (Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide) and Barry Bostwick (Spin City) co-star. Patricia Harrington wrote the screenplay which was produced by Mike Elliott, Joseph P. Genier, Rob Kerchner, and Paul DiFranco. Gravitas’ manager of acquisitions Nick Royak negotiated the deal with Rob Kerchner and Jeff Porter on behalf of the filmmakers.


Gravitas Buys Seann William Scott Drama ‘Already Gone’

Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide rights to the Seann William Scott road drama “Already Gone,” executive produced by Keanu Reeves, Variety has learned exclusively.

Christopher Kenneally directed from his own script with Rainmaker Films producing.  The film, which also stars Shiloh Fernandez, Justine Skye and Tyler Dean Flores, will be released in theaters and on demand on Aug. 16.

Flores plays a lonely teenager in Coney Island who uses his graffiti to escape from his abusive stepfather, portrayed by Scott. The teenager is in love with his stepfather’s girlfriend and they flee together to Colorado after the stepfather tries to pimp her out.

The film is produced by Jordan Yale Levine and Jordan Beckerman of Yale Productions, Russell Geyser of RainMaker Films, and Shruti Ganguly of Honto88. Reeves and Clay Pecorin of Raimaker Films serve as executive producers.

“Chris has crafted a thrilling road odyssey fueled by youthful energy and gritty realism,” said
Tony Piantedosi of Gravitas Ventures. He negotiated the deal with ICM Partners on behalf of the

Gravitas Nabs ‘Above The Shadows’ Starring Olivia Thirlby & Megan Fox

Gravitas Ventures has picked up the U.S. distribution rights to Above The Shadows (f.k.a Shadow Girl), a supernatural tale starring Olivia Thirlby, Alan Ritchson, Jim Gaffigan, Maria Dizzia, Tito Ortiz, David Johansen, and Megan Fox. Claudia Myers wrote and directed the pic, which Gravitas will release in limited theaters and on demand July 19. Myriad Pictures is handling international sales and will be screening the film during the upcoming Cannes Film Festival. The story centers on a young woman (Thirlby) who has faded from the world to the point of becoming invisible. After more than a decade existing in the shadows, Holly meets the one man who can see her, Shayne Blackwell (Ritchson), a disgraced MMA fighter. Holly discovers that it was one of her tabloid photographs that caused his downfall, and that she must restore him to his former glory if she wants to regain a foothold in the world around her. With Shayne, Holly awakens to love but also to the possibility that she may remain invisible forever. HIPZEE’s Tara Sickmeier and Rob Baunoch III produced the project with Boundary Stone’s Mark Schacknies and Khris Baxter. Myriad’s Kirk D’Amico served as an executive producer. Tony Piantedosi from Gravitas negotiated the deal with D’Amico on behalf of the filmmakers.


J.K. Simmons 'I'm Not Here' Bought By Gravitas Ventures

By: Dave McNary

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Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide rights to the J.K. Simmons drama “I’m Not Here” for a March 8 release, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film also stars Sebastian Stan, Maika Monroe, Mandy Moore, and Max Greenfield. It’s directed by Michelle Schumacher, who wrote the film alongside Tony Cummings.

Simmons portrays a man haunted by his past as every object in his home, every sound he hears, reminds him of a specific event in his life as he attempts to move past the pain and forgive his trespassers, and more importantly, forgive himself.

Schumacher said, “Tony and I wanted to explore the idea of understanding one’s life by connecting the dots of meaningful events and viewing them through the lens of quantum mechanics. So we posed this question to ourselves, can self-reflection lead to redemption?”

Brendan Gallagher of Gravitas Ventures negotiated the deal with Randle Schumacher on behalf of the filmmakers.

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'A Brilliant Monster' Acquired By Gravitas Ventures, Set For May Release

By: Dade Hayes

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Horror thriller A Brilliant Monster, which premiered last June at the Dances with Films festival in LA, has been acquired by Gravitas Ventures.

The film is slated for limited theatrical and on-demand release in May 2019.

The fifth feature by director F.C. Rabbath is based on his 2015 short Dead Meat. It stars Dennis Friebe, Joy Kigin, Nick Leali, Dina Najjar, Aléa Figueroa and David Raizor. Friebe plays a successful author of inspirational and self-help stories who hides the dark secret that his creative ideas are supplied by a hidden monster that must be kept fed with human flesh.
Rabbath, Friebe, Ramsey White, Jessica Roszko and Joshua Ayres are producers.
Buzz was positive coming out of Dances with Films, with genre critics saluting the film’s ambitious narrative. A review in Film Threat said Rabbath blends elements of Misery, Little Shop of Horrors and The Neon Demon and praises Friebe, who “carries the film nicely as the duplicitous scribe. He can be charismatic one moment, then creepy the next.”
Rabbath’s Twitter bio identifies him as a “filmmaker, comedian and inventor.” His previous films include Watch Over Us and Hum.
Gravitas, founded in 2006, is part of Red Arrow Studios. Its recent releases include Score: A Film Music DocumentaryCalifornia Typewriter; Legion of Brothers; Katie Holmes’ feature directorial debut, All We Had; and Colin Hanks’ All Things Must Pass.