Michael Walker's Dark Comedy 'Paint' Lands at Gravitas Ventures (Exclusive)

Artist View Entertainment has acquired the foreign rights to the 2020 Dances With Films Festival prize winner.

The Joshua Caras, Olivia Luccardi and Paul Cooper-starring dark comedy Paint by director Michael Walker has been picked up for the U.S. market by Gravitas Ventures.

 

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Mark Webber And Teresa Palmer’s ‘The Place Of No Words’ Placed At Gravitas Ventures

EXCLUSIVE: Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to The Place of No Words, the fantasy-reality drama written and directed by Mark Webber and starring Webber, his real-life wife Teresa Palmer and their son Bodhi Palmer.

The pic, which originally premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, will now be released in theaters and on demand on October 23.

Continuing Webber’s aesthetic of using elements from his real life to enhance his storytelling (like his Explicit Ills, The End of Love and Flesh and Bone), he again has cast his own family members. The pic begins as Bodhi, age 3, asks “Where do we go when we die?” It launches his real family on an adventure that moves between the real world and a fantasy realm filled with mythical creatures to explore how we cope with dying, and the love, laughter and pain we can find within it.

 

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Exclusive: Girls and Women Celebrate Their Passion for Aviation in “Fly Like a Girl” Trailer

“Girls make better pilots than boys because we’re way smarter. No offense,” says one of the young characters featured in “Fly Like a Girl.” Our exclusive trailer for Katie McEntire Wiatt’s documentary pays tribute to the girls and women who are pursuing their dreams in the sky. “From a lego-loving young girl who includes female pilots in her toy airplanes, to a courageous woman who helped lead shuttle missions to space, ‘Fly Like a Girl’ shows us that women are in charge of their own destiny,” the film’s synopsis details.

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Gravitas Secures Legal Drama ‘Foster Boy’ Starring Matthew Modine, Louis Gossett Jr. & Julie Benz

Gravitas Ventures is adding to its growing acquisition slate with the lastest pick-up, Foster Boy, a courtroom drama starring Matthew Modine, Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr., Julie Benz, and Shane Paul McGhie. Gravitas has the North American distribution rights and is planning a theatrical and on-demand release on September 25.

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The River and the Wall Nominated for 2020 Emmy

'The River and The Wall' has been nominated for the 2020 Outstanding Nature Documentary Emmy!

The awards ceremony will take place on September 22nd and will be live streamed online.

More information here: https://theemmys.tv/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/news-41st-nominations-v01.pdf


Exclusive Clip From Katie Holmes's New Film, The Secret: Dare to Dream

Chances are you or someone you know has read the book that sparked a global phenomenon back in 2006: Rhonda Byrne's bestselling novel, The Secret. Based on the law of attraction and how positive thinking can transform your life (likely the inspiration behind all of those vision boards we create each year), the wildly popular book is now being turned into a film.

Starring Katie Holmes (Miranda Wells), Jerry O'Connell (Tucker), and Josh Lucas (Bray Johnson), The Secret: Dare to Dream tells the story of a struggling widow trying to raise her family who comes across a mysterious man who brings an important secret into their lives — changing everything. In POPSUGAR's exclusive clip above, Bray begins to reveal part of that secret, which includes this key life lesson: the more you think about something, the more you draw it to you. Watch the clip above before the film releases on demand on Friday, July 31.

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The Secret's Out: A New Gravitas Ventures Release Is Going The Premium Video On Demand Route

Gravitas Ventures of Cleveland is jumping into the hottest corner of the movie distribution business these days — Premium Video on Demand, or PVOD — with a movie that was to have been its widest theatrical release to date.

The movie is "The Secret: Dare to Dream," a feature film inspired by Rhonda Byrnes' hugely popular book of the same name. Gravitas late last year acquired North American rights to "The Secret" and partnered with Lionsgate and sister company Roadside Attractions for U.S. theatrical, home entertainment and television distribution. The movie was slated for an April 17 theatrical release on about 1,000 screens nationwide, said Gravitas president Michael Murphy. That number would have been "by magnitudes" larger than a typical theatrical release from the company, Murphy said. Gravitas mostly distributes movies through digital channels, though some films get releases in as many as about 20 markets nationwide.

COVID-19, of course, shuttered movie theaters and got in the way of the April release. And "The Secret" has been in a holding pattern — until now.

Gravitas and its partners announced that "The Secret," which stars Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas, will be available Friday, July 31, as a PVOD release on all the platforms where you can buy movies to watch in your home, including Amazon, iTunes, Comcast and Vudu. Like other PVOD releases in this year when most movie theaters are closed, the price is higher than standard VOD. "The Secret" will be available to rent at $19.99 for 48 hours.

Murphy said PVOD is a natural home for "The Secret," a movie that has high built-in awareness from Byrne's 2006 bestseller and has significant commercial potential. The book was a phenomenon that sold more than 34 million copies worldwide, was translated into 50 languages and appeared on The New York Times bestseller list for 190 weeks. Gravitas previously distributed a documentary version of "The Secret," which has been one of the most popular movies in the company's catalog, Murphy said.

The new feature film version, which also stars Jerry O'Connell and Celia Weston, and is directed by Andy Tennant, "follows Miranda (Holmes), a young widow trying to make ends meet while raising her three children and dating her boyfriend (O'Connell)," according to promotional material. "A devastating storm brings an enormous challenge and a mysterious man, Bray (Lucas), into Miranda's life. Bray reignites the family's spirit but, unbeknownst to Miranda, also holds an important secret — one that will change everything."

Movies released this year on PVOD include hits like "Trolls World Tour" and the Judd Apatow movie "The King of Staten Island," as well as acclaimed independent films such as "New Rarely Sometimes Always" and "First Cow." Although the current movement toward PVOD is driven by near-term considerations stemming from the pandemic, Murphy said studios "have wanted to do PVOD for years," in part because, for most movies, the economics "are much better for PVOD than theatrical."

To underscore that point, this piece from Spy Global notes that with digital releases, "studios keep about 80% of premium VOD revenue versus about 50% of theatrical box office receipts," according to Kagan analyst Wade Holden.

Another analyst, MoffettNathanson Research's Robert Fishman, added, "Before the shutdowns, these (PVOD) tests would have been met with strenuous push backs and likely blackouts by exhibitors. Now, even after the theaters reopen, we expect studios will push to dramatically accelerate the windowing strategies that they were contemplating previously."

Murphy said the distributors are pivoting in their marketing for "The Secret" to get the word out ahead of the PVOD release. Holmes, for instance, will do a virtual press day that will take the place on what would have been an in-person premiere in New York City.

The pandemic is accelerating a "sea change" in the movie distribution business, Murphy said. While Gravitas is a big player in the digital space, Murphy said he's still a fan of the theatrical experience.

"I hope it (theatrical) comes back. I love to see movies in a theater," he said. "But it also has to be a safe experience, and for now, that's going to be challenged."

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‘I Used to Go Here’ Exclusive Trailer: Gillian Jacobs Leads Kris Rey’s SXSW Comedy Gem

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I Used to Go Here” is shaping up to offer plenty of much-needed laughs for cinema buffs hungry for new material. IndieWire is exclusively premiering the trailer for Kris Rey’s upcoming film, which is set for a release later this summer in theaters and on VOD platforms courtesy of Gravitas Ventures. The cast includes “Community” and “Love” favorite Gillian Jacobs in the lead role opposite the likes of Jemaine Clement, Hannah Marks, Kate Micucci, Jorma Taccone, Josh Wiggins, and Forrest Goodluck.

Jacobs stars as Kate Conklin, a 35-year-old writer who heads back to her alma mater to give a lecture about writing following the lackluster debut of her first novel. The synopsis reads: “With her book tour canceled and her ego deflated, Kate wonders if returning to her old college as a published author might give her the morale boost she sorely needs. Instead, she falls into a comical regression – from misadventures with eccentric twenty-year-olds to feelings of jealousy toward her former professor’s new favorite student.”

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Gravitas Nabs Parenting Comedy ‘Babysplitters’ Starring ‘Community’s Danny Pudi

 

EXCLUSIVE Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to the Sam Friedlander-helmed comedy Babysplitters, which will be released in theaters and on demand July 31. Danny Pudi (Mythic Quest, CommunityStar Trek Beyond), Maiara Walsh (The Last ShipZombieland), Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains), Emily C. Chang (The Vampire Diaries), and Eddie Alfano (Shameless) star in the film about splitting the responsibility of parenting.

The story follows Jeff (Pudi) and Sarah (Chang), a couple struggling to come to an agreement about having a baby. Jeff wants to be a father eventually but is afraid to lock himself into his current job situation. Meanwhile, Sarah, nearing 35, feels her biological clock ticking and is impatient to start trying. Friends of the couple, Don (Alfano) and Taylor (Walsh), have the opposite problem. Don has a successful business and is ready to be a dad, but Taylor, an aspiring dancer, is worried that the toll on her body and career will be too much. When the two couples hatch a plan to conceive and share one baby between them, it seems like they may have found the perfect compromise — until things spiral out of control.

 

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