Leading Toronto-based digital distribution company Syndicado has inked digital distribution deals with three European companies that sees the company acquire the digital distribution rights to over 100 hours of factual content for the US and multiple territories.
An agreement with Madrid-based international sales agency Feelsales sees Syndicado acquire ten documentary film titles including travelogue ‘The Turkish Way’ that follows the three Roca brothers, owners of the famous El Celler de Can Roca, as they explore the amazing culinary potential of Turkey, and ‘Santa Fiesta’, which documents Spain’s animal cruelty in religious festivals.
Syndicado has also acquired 18 documentary film titles from French sales agent Java Films for digital distribution in the World outside France. Key titles include ‘Post Truth Times’ an investigative film featuring Noam Chomsky and journalists from The Guardian and the New York Times, exploring how the latest developments in media and journalism are shaping society. ‘Church: Code of Silence’ uncovers secret internal documents that reveal how church officials protect priests accused of paedophilia by moving them from country to country. And ‘Miami SWAT’ follows the city’s elite police unit. With an arsenal of military grade weapons at their disposal, they’re responsible for tackling drug dealers, traffickers and combatting armed robberies at the frontline of the cocaine trade’s gateway into America.
A deal with Bristol-based independent producer Filmcell International sees Syndicado acquire over 46 hours of content for distribution in the US and Canada. The catalogue includes four series’ of ‘Carib-Asian Cookery’, hosted by husband and wife presenting duo Patrick Hart and Sherrie Eugene-Hart, paranormal reality series ‘Shadow Chasers’ (6 x 30’) and ‘The Barber Lounge’ in which professional barber Kieran Sarkozi interviews local heroes and celebrities as they share personal life
stories from the barber’s chair. All shows were originally produced for city-based TV network Made TV.
Syndicado is a film and television digital distribution company founded in 2009 and headquartered in Toronto with an office in Las Vegas. The company’s focus is on global digital distribution to major Internet and cable VOD major outlets such as
Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu, Shudder, Popcornflix, cable VOD in the US and Canada and several other leading VOD platforms.
“We’re delighted to round out our factual slate with Spanish language docs as well as new TV series from around the world. Our major digital outlet partners for AVOD and SVOD continue to expand and look for new audiences through content curation and niche focus” said Greg Rubidge, President of Syndicado.
Syndicado recently announced sales of over 40 hours of both scripted and unscripted content to Screen Media Ventures’ Popcornflix service. The business also recently launched Syndicado Film Sales, a dedicated film sales business based in Europe.
Canadian distributor acquires festival and arthouse features, historical docs and bizarre Russian tank reality show for US & English-speaking markets
Leading Toronto-based digital distribution company
Syndicado has inked digital distribution deals with two European companies that
sees the company acquire the digital distribution rights to over 70 hours of
independent documentary and feature film content for the US and multiple territories.
The agreement with Danish sales and distribution business LevelK will see
Syndicado represent a catalogue of over 20 arthouse and indie films including
several Official TIFF Selections and eco documentary ‘The Last Ocean’ in the US.
The deal also sees Syndicado acquire the digital rights for UK, Australasia and
South Africa on many of the titles.
‘Sex Drugs and Taxation’ – Official TIFF Selection (2013)
Danish movie ‘Sex, Drugs & Taxation’ (original title ‘Spies og Glistrup’) deals with the
spectacular historical friendship between two of the most notorious and provocative
figures of modern Danish history: the radical right-wing lawyer-turned- politician,
Mogens Glistrup, and the ‘travel king’, millionaire, womanizer and public provocateur,
Simon Spies. Through the story of their lives and friendship, we are told the so far
untold tale about how these two infamous Danish icons became what they did and
how they used each other as support as well as opponents in their respective life
‘Lost in Africa’ – starring Lars Mikkelsen (‘House of Cards’)
‘Lost in Africa’ (‘Kidnappet’) follows Simon, 11, an adopted boy and soccer fan who
travels back to his native Kenya with his Danish mother Susanne (Connie Nielsen).
Soon after arriving, Simon loses his beloved soccer ball. When he tries to find it, he
gets lost in the biggest city-slum in Africa. Dressed in trendy shoes and fancy clothes
he clearly stands out, but after he gets mugged he looks like any other African boy.
‘Cloudboy’ – TIFF Kids 2017 Official Selection
Twelve-year- old city boy Niilas has been living with his father for as long as he can
remember and barely knows his Swedish mother. This summer, Niilas has to travel
to Lapland – much against his will – where his mother and her new family live
amongst the Sami, an indigenous reindeer-herding people. Niilas experiences the
most adventurous summer of his life.
‘Hunting Flies’ – Official TIFF Selection (2015)
‘Hunting Flies’ (‘Fluefangeren’) is a Norwegian drama about the rise and fall of
dictatorship. Set in a classroom, over the course of one intense day we meet Ghani,
an idealistic teacher who loses his job on the first day of school. So he makes one
final attempt to get it back by locking his students inside the classroom forcing them
to resolve a generation long conflict between their villages.
‘In the Blood’ – Official TIFF Selection (2016)
A Summer in Copenhagen: parties, sex, drugs. Simon (23) goes to medical school
with his best friend Knud (23). Together with their friends Søren and Esben the boys
party, drink and chase girls and wake up the next day only to do the whole thing all
over again. But it is also a time of change between the friends and when everyone,
except Simon, decides it’s time to sell their shared apartment, it creates a growing
tension within the group. ‘In the Blood’’s original title is ‘I Blodet’.
‘My Dad is Baryshnikov’ – “’Billy Elliott’ meets ‘Good Bye Lenin!’” Variety
Moscow, 1986, the heat of Perestroika. Borya is an average clumsy teenager who is
miraculously admitted to the legendary Bolshoi Ballet School. The boy is convinced
that he will become a ballet dancer like his father, Mikhail Baryshnikov. But is this
father real or imaginary? Original title: ‘Moi Papa Baryshnikov’.
Syndicado has also agreed a digital distribution deal for the US, UK and Canada with
Russian production company Look Film for a varied slate of over 54 hours of
content. The deal features 20 scripted feature and documentary films and unscripted
history and reality series including movie ‘The Soul of a Spy’ (‘Dusha Shpiona’)
starring Liam Cunningham (‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Clash of the Titans’) and Malcolm
McDowell (‘A Clockwork Orange’).
Military parade meets sporting spectacle in ‘Tank Biathlon’ (8 x 60’) which
premiered on Russia’s biggest linear channel Russia 1 and features competing tanks
battling it out in a spectacular series of military challenges and manoeuvres. The
slate also features several WWII documentary films, studying key events in the
conflict from the Russian perspective including ‘1944: The Battle for Crimea’,
‘Prague; May 1945’ and ‘Liberation’.
Syndicado is a film and television digital distribution company founded in 2009 and
headquartered in Toronto with an office in Las Vegas. The company’s focus is
on global digital distribution to major Internet and cable VOD major outlets such as
Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu, Shudder, Popcornflix, cable VOD in the US and
Canada and several other leading VOD platforms.
“We’re thrilled to bring a range of high end programming to English language
markets around the world. From LevelK’s top festival and arthouse features to the
bizarre Russian tank reality show and historical docs from LookFilm, we continue to
provide our VOD partners with content across genres and for more curated offerings”
said Greg Rubidge, President of Syndicado.
Syndicado recently announced sales of over 40 hours of both scripted and
unscripted content to Screen Media Ventures’ Popcornflix service. The business also
recently launched Syndicado Film Sales, a dedicated film sales business based in
the film that has been wowing genre and arthouse fans comes to Toronto!
The Resurrection of a Bastard
A film by Guido van Driel
Opens Theatrically in Toronto – Friday March 27
Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)
Kingsway Theatre (3030 Bloor St., W.)
VOD ACROSS NORTH AMERICA APRIL 7, 2015
2013 OFFICIAL SELECTION – Fantasia Film Festival, Fantastic Film Festival, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Denver, San Diego, Cleveland, Athens
Winner – Best Actor Yorick Van Wageningen (Blackhat, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) Fantastic Film Festival,
Nominations – Jury Prize and Best Narrative Film, Fantastic Film Fest, Art Cinema Award, Hamburg Film Fest, Tiger Award Rotterdam Film Fest
“Brutally violent, darkly funny and cinematically inventive…” Screen Daily
“Van Wageningen is captivating in both incarnations of the eponymous bastard” – The Hollywood Reporter
“The Resurrection of a Bastard is tinged with wisdom but fuelled by the excitement of discovery.” Twitch Film
“..a richly complex, beautifully executed character piece adapted from his own graphic novel by first time writer-director Guido van Driel..” Fantastic Fest
(Toronto, ON – February 26, 2015) Ronnie is a bastard. And not just any bastard. Ronnie is an exceptional bastard. Syndicado presents the critically acclaimed Dutch thriller The Resurrection of a Bastard, a first feature film by graphic novelist Guido van Driel, opening the film in Toronto at two theatres on March 27, Carlton Cinema and the Kingsway Theatre.
Ronnie is the hardest of the hard men, a gleefully heartless collector of debts and dispenser of violence whose world comes crashing down around him when a taste of his own violence splashes back upon himself. The near-death experience leaves Ronnie questioning the meaning and value of his life up until that point. But not so much that he doesn’t want revenge on the person who left him near-dead.
A richly complex, beautifully executed character piece adapted from his own graphic novel by first time writer-director Guido van Driel, The Resurrection Of A Bastard showcases a sly sense of gallows humor, attention to detail, and an easy way with characters that puts many better established, more widely known filmmakers to shame. Like last year’s Fantastic Fest award-winning Plan C, TheResurrection Of A Bastard fleshes out its truly remarkable writing with such fabulous performances and an understatedly slick sense of style that it leaves you wondering what exactly is going on in Holland to produce such unique, strong voices. Fans of the Coen Brothers and recent Scandinavian fare such as A Somewhat Gentle Man should take note: You’re about to discover a new favorite.
“The magic realism is new in Dutch cinema,” says van Driel. “At the same time, the film also contains typically Dutch elements. That singularity is a plus for international viewers; we all watch art house cinema for a glimpse of another part of the world. If the plot is worth it, of course. It was this uniqueness that led to De Noorderlingen’s (The Northerners) success abroad. Idiosyncrasy is better than trying to work in an international style or copying Hollywood. You can’t win that way.”
An audience favourite at Fantastic Fest, The Resurrection of a Bastard will rise in theatres and then head to VOD across North AmericaApril 7, 2015.
More can be found at the official website: http://
Founded in 2009 to serve the needs of traditional sales agents, indie producers and distributors for new revenue through digital distribution VOD – Syndicado has grown its library to over 1500 hours of programming across every major VOD outlet in the USA and Canada, in addition to reaching Europe, Asia and Latin America through its iTunes, Google and Microsoft partnerships. In 2014 the company added theatrical distribution in the USA and Canada, coupled with TV and educational sales. Syndicado’s expertise and unique business model allows distributors and other rights holders a cost effective strategy to fully exploit emerging digital opportunities. President Greg Rubidge is also the founder of the documentary film VOD site – ilovedocs.com
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(New York/Toronto) – November 9, 2014) – I AM NOT A ROCK STAR, the intimate portrait of child prodigy, classical music pianist Marika Bournaki, will be released in the U.S. on December 2, 2014 on iTunes, Amazon, Dish Television, Google Play, VOD, and other streaming platforms.
The award-winning documentary, directed by Bobbi Jo Hart, has played at festivals around the world – from Thessaloniki, Greece to Palm Springs, Vancouver to Krakow. The coming-of-age documentary follows Marika Bournaki, on the road to becoming a concert pianist, from the ages of twelve through twenty. While the film is centered on the life of the ‘next Glenn Gould’, the documentary unfolds into a very intimate family portrait, as the focus on one sibling outweighs all other family members.
“I saw the premiere of the film in Toronto and was engrossed by Marika’s talent and ascent on the world stage as an up-and-coming concert pianist – from her child concerts to her studies at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, I felt the camera and crew became an extended member of their family over a formative eight-year period, searing in a recorded and very public adolescence. A marvel of a documentary from Adobe Productions, we’re delighted have acquired the title for the U.S. and present Marika’s talent to a bigger stage internationally through VOD,” said Syndicado founder, Greg Rubidge.
The documentary feature was produced by Adobe Productions International (Robbie Hart) and directed by Montreal’s award-winning filmmaker Bobbi Jo Hart. ‘’The documentary took us on a remarkable 10-year journey, but this was no mistake. Our intention from the start was to witness the evolution of a so-called ‘prodigy’ from childhood to adulthood and to reveal the consequences of this journey.” “The film has been well-received around the world and nearly 20 countries have picked it up. We chose Syndicado based on their enthusiasm and interest in the film and their in-depth knowledge of the rapidly changing digital distribution market in the U.S., specifically on VOD” said Robbie Hart.
About Syndicado www.syndicado.com
Founded in 2009 to serve the needs of traditional sales agents, indie producers and distributors for new revenue through digital distribution VOD – Syndicado has grown its’ library to over 1500 hours of programming across every major VOD outlet in the USA and Canada, in addition to reaching Europe, Asia and Latin America through its iTunes, Google and Microsoft partnerships. This year marked the company’s growth in to theatrical distribution in the USA and Canada, coupled with TV and educational sales. Syndicado’s expertise and unique business model allows distributors and other rights holders’ a cost effective strategy to fully exploit emerging digital opportunities. President Greg Rubidge is also the founder of the documentary film VOD site – ilovedocs.com
About Adobe Productions International http://adobeproductions.com/
Adobe Productions been producing award winning documentary features, series and one-offs for nearly 30 years. By building bridges of mutual understanding between countries and cultures, Adobe brings to life international documentaries that capture the human spirit, reanimating the sober, statistical documentary with an injection of emotion, complexity and universality. Adobe’s trademark “up close and personal” approach delivers films committed to letting subjects tell their own stories. Since 1986, over 60 documentaries have been produced, many with theatrical release, International festival recognition and wide distribution in television markets around the world.
About Marika Bournaki
Described as the “Celine Dion of classical “by The Huffington Post, Marika Bournaki is at once, a world class performer, brilliant pianist, vivacious young woman, and the freshest face on the classical music scene. Marika’s innovative approach to her art and performance is reflected in a number of multimedia projects intended to reach out to new audiences.
Marika has appeared as guest soloist with the Quebec Symphony, Yannick Nézet Séguin’s Orchestre Métropolitain, the Montreal Symphony, the Timisoara Philharmonic, the St-Petersburg Symphony, and the Verbier Chamber Orchestra, among others. She has performed recitals at the Festival del Sole in Napa, Festival of the Arts Boca in Boca Raton, the National Arts Center in Ottawa, the EMMA Concert Association in Florida, Chamber Music Northwest in Oregon, the Luminato Festival in Toronto, and a benefit recital for the Glenn Gould Foundation at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Marika has also given solo recitals in Greece, Poland, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, South Korea, Romania, Italy, and England. Marika holds a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music.
More about Marika Bournaki: http://www.marikabournaki.com/
“Bobbi Jo Hart attains such graceful intimacy” – Basil Tsiokos, Sundance Film Festival
“I am not a rock star” is a very touching film… Marika’s level of dedication is enough to inspire everybody” – William Brownridge, Toronto Film Scene
“Engrossing…” – Natalie Atkinson, The National Post
“I am not a rock star” is a rare and valuable tribute to both classical music and talented pianist Marika Bournaki.” – Jeff Kaliss, San Francisco Classical Voice
“Entertaining diva antics” – Boyd van Hoelj, Variety “Dramatic” – T’Cha Dunlecy, Montreal Gazette
“A fascinating portrait” – Jean Siag, La Presse
For more information on I AM NOT A ROCK STAR:
For interview requests: please contact Lisa James (LMJ PR) at:917-623-6561 or
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Elena (Variance Films/Syndicado) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $12,100 – Deadline
“It is a bold plunge into painful memories, unasked questions and wounds still inflamed. It is, in short, crying in the form of a movie, but also an embrace of comfort. While trying to (re)discover the sister that died when she was only seven years old, director Petra Costa finds herself and, in part, her own mother. In the process, she involves the audience thanks to her openness, which allows us to glimpse, in melancholy, the journey of a young and talented director toward the catharsis that will require so much pain to occur.” – RogerEbert.com
“Brazilian actress and filmmaker Petra Costa searches for her older sister, as well as herself, in the beautifully poetic, hypnotic and intimate Elena.” – This Week In New York
” Elena is an intimately beautiful film that challenges each of us to reflect on our own lives while discovering truths about family, sadness, acceptance and rebirth.” – The Huffington Post
““Elena” as a study in allusion, emotion and ultimately, perhaps even a challenge to the way in which we conceive of the cinema altogether.” – Indiewire
Indiewire’s interview with Producers Tim Robbins and Fernando Meirelles
“Shot like a dream, spoken like an elegy, it takes nonfiction where it seldom wants to go – away from the comforting embrace of fact and into a realm of expressionistic possibility.” – Indiewire
“With its free-floating imagery, “Elena” unfolds like a cinematic dream whose central image is water, which symbolizes the washing away of grief. But more than that, it represents the stream of life, with beautiful images of women floating through time.” – NY Times
“This haunting and dreamlike cinematic essay is filmmaking at its most personal.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“An homage to the beloved older sister cowriter-director Petra Costa lost when she was 7-years-old, Elena is a detailed anatomy of grief—and a poetic tribute to life, love, and the transformative power of art.” – The L Magazine
“A pained and gorgeous summoning, Petra Costa’s haunted doc Elena dances with death, memory, and family, seducing viewers and then breaking their hearts.” – Village Voice
“This personal documentary by the Brazilian filmmaker Petra Costa unfolds a story of grief and thwarted promise with expressive urgency and thoughtful restraint.” – The New Yorker
Syndicado is extremely pleased to announce the acquisition of ZoomerMedia’s IdeaCity, a series that features notable guest speakers covering a wide variety of topics, highlighting new ideas, innovative thinkers and mind-opening content. Hosted by ZoomerMedia’s very own Moses Znaimer, best known for co-founding CityTV, the annual three day series is a daily dose of popular science, art and inspiration, and will be available in the USA on the free, ad-supported Hulu and Hulu Plus subscription service on June 18, 2014.
“Pairing TV pioneer Moses Znaimer of ZoomerMedia and his visionary series IdeaCity with VOD was a real coup and we’re thrilled to announce the launch of IdeaCity in the USA on Hulu this morning!” said Greg Rubidge, President and founder of digital distributor Syndicado. “Hulu is the perfect platform for IdeaCity to debut on, and it marks the beginning of a slate of new series we’ve partnered with Zoomer on to distribute digitally internationally.”
Included in their distribution deal, Syndicado will also be releasing VisionTV’s series Supernatural Investigator and a slew of other series.
“After a review of several VOD aggregators and distributors, we’re delighted to announce our partnership with Syndicado. With a successful track record launching TV series on Hulu and other leading platforms in the USA, and with offices right here in Toronto and in the US, we felt it was the most strategic option to grow our brand and presence internationally, in the new world of distribution.” Said McLean Greaves, VP of Digital with ZoomerMedia.
About Syndicado Inc.
With offices in Toronto, Canada and Las Vegas, Nevada, Syndicado is a digital aggregator and distributor of feature films, documentaries and TV programming on digital platforms such as Internet, TV VOD, and mobile, reaching over 100M households in North America. The company partners with traditional distributors, broadcasters and content creators, managing all aspects of digital distribution, strategy and marketing, on the leading digital service providers internationally. The company’s expertise and unique business model allows distributors and other rights holders a cost effective strategy to fully exploit emerging digital opportunities. President Greg Rubidge is also the founder of the new documentary film VOD site – ilovedocs.com
ZoomerMedia Limited is a global leader in creating entertainment, information and experiences uniquely designed to serve the world’s largest and most affluent generation – the 45-plus.
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Syndicado is pleased to announce the acquisition of Produckja Folmow’s Man At War, a documentary that puts the spotlight on men fascinated by World War II who pursue their passion in the realm of computer games. Following players and their lives, director Jacek Blawut inquires if we are witnessing the rise of a new type of human – homo virtualis. The documentary will premiere on VOD platforms in North America on September 16th, 2014, commemorating the anniversary of the ending of the Battle of Britain in 1941.
“Man At War had me engrossed from start to finish. I was intrigued by the profiles of the international personalities involved in the role-playing and found myself anticipating the culminating battle. It is a very entertaining doc and we are delighted to work with Produkcja Filmow to distribute in North America and beyond… digitally – it’s a no brainer for bother cable and game platforms.” said Greg Rubidge, founder and President of Syndicado Inc.
The doc reveals the increasing virtual nature of our society, focusing more on fantasy worlds than reality. “The power of the virtual world lies in the fact that you move there for good, that the virtual life becomes your real life and each return to reality seems painful. Therefore, most people would prefer to stay in the virtual space forever because they have found their place there, their dreams come true and they are able to show the best of themselves.” said Writer and Director Jacek Blawut.
“After the initial broadcast success with HBO and screenings at various festivals, we’re delighted to have inked a VOD distribution deal with Syndicado, which now gives Man at War an even larger audience” said Gosia Sandecka on behalf of the producers. “Man at War is a perfect doc for new platforms and with the number of digital outlets partnered with Syndicado, we felt it was a great partnership and opportunity for our film and a chance to take an European production beyond European circuit .”
About Syndicado Inc.
A digital aggregator and distributor of feature films, documentaries and TV programming on digital platforms such as Internet, TV VOD, and mobile, reaching over 100M households in North America with offices in USA and Canada. The company partners with traditional distributors, producers and sales agents, managing all aspects of digital distribution, strategy and marketing, on the leading digital service providers in North America and Europe. The company’s expertise and unique business model allows distributors and other rights holders a cost effective strategy to fully exploit emerging digital opportunities. President Greg Rubidge is also the founder of the new documentary film VOD site – ilovedocs.com
Syndicado Inc. Acquires Chasing Fortune Documentary From Take Action Films
Syndicado is very pleased to announce the acquisition of Take Action Films’ Chasing Fortune, a documentary that follows the exploits of J.D. Fortune, a year removed from his time fronting the world famous rock band INXS. After being kicked out of the Australian mega group by the original members, J.D. is left to start all over. Director Andrew Nisker highlights Fortune’s struggles as the latter travels across North America in a desperate attempt to regain his lost stardom.
J.D. addresses rumors of drug use and alcoholism, touches on the reasons behind his departure from INXS, and even tries to start up a band of his own. Short on cash, he resorts to pawning instruments, crashing on couches, and visiting old friends for much needed wisdom. This eye-opening documentary sheds new light on the contestant we all rooted for on the reality show Rock Star: INXS, while also presenting a new side to the age-old story of the faded ex-rock star.
“We’re delighted to work with Andrew on his first bio-pic, which he crafts a delicate portrayal and search for empathy for a highly talented, but self destructive artist. We know both fans of J.D. as well as INXS will enjoy the roller coaster ride as they get a glimpse into the more human side of this music star,” said Greg Rubidge, President of Syndicado.
Take Action Films and Syndicado have partnered before, working together to release Chemerical on Amazon and Hulu, helping to bolster the film’s online profile. Syndicado will also be releasing Nisker’s iconic film Garbage! and the eye opening environmental doc Orange Witness.
“Syndicado has been a tremendous supporter of our films and we are so proud to extend an agreement for our new releases and catalogue titles,” says Andrew Nisker, the founder of Take Action Films.
Nisker is currently on the road filming Dark Side of the Chew, a feature-length documentary about the world’s second most common form of litter, chewing gum.
About Syndicado Inc.
A digital aggregator and distributor of feature films, documentaries and TV programming on digital platforms such as Internet, TV VOD, and mobile, reaching over 100M households in North America. The company partners with traditional distributors, producers and sales agents, managing all aspects of digital distribution, strategy and marketing, on the leading digital service providers in North America and Europe. The company’s expertise and unique business model allows distributors and other rights holders a cost effective strategy to fully exploit emerging digital opportunities. President Greg Rubidge is also the founder of the new documentary film VOD site – ilovedocs.com
About Take Action Films
Since 2007, Take Action Films has been producing award-winning social-impact documentaries, webisodes, newsletters, and ebooks. Their films have been translated into over 10 different languages and have been seen by millions of people around the world.
Chasing Fortune is written and directed by Andrew Nisker and produced by him and Karen Bliss through the Toronto-based company Take Action Films.
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Syndicado and Variance Films team up to release
Petra Costa’s international sensation ELENA
Executive Producers Tim Robbins and Fernando Meirelles
to present the Brazilian documentary, which opens May 30
New York, April 15, 2014 – Syndicado and Variance Films announced today that they would team up to distribute Petra Costa’s award-winning documentary feature ELENA to theaters in the United States and Canada. Most recently featured at SXSW, among other top international festivals, the film will open on May 30 at New York City’s IFC Center before expanding to Los Angeles’ Laemmle Royal and additional theaters in the US and Canada beginning June 13. A digital and home video release will follow in September.
Executive Produced by Academy Award® nominees Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption) and Fernando Meirelles (City of God), ELENA tells the story of Elena Costa, who moved to New York in 1989 with dreams of becoming a film actress. She left behind two things she loved: her home in Brazil, and her 7-year-old sister Petra. The letters and calls became less and less frequent, until one day they stopped entirely. Elena was never heard from again. Two decades later, Petra relocates to New York with similar dreams, but also the hope of piecing together the story of the beloved big sister who abandoned her.
In the spirit of Tarnation, ELENA obliterates the line between documentary, diary, and waking dream, and is at once captivating and devastating. The film (and the filmmaker) cannot escape the similarities between Petra and Elena’s stories, and as they overlap, they begin to blur. One of the most successful documentaries of all time in Brazil now comes to America, and the truth about what happened to Elena will be revealed.
“It is extremely rare for a Brazilian film, especially a documentary, to reach North American theaters,” said Petra Costa, producer and director of ELENA. “But thanks to the faith that Syndicado and Variance have showed in my film, it will find its way onto screens across North America. We are truly honored with this partnership which is particularly special for us since so much of the story of ELENA takes place in New York. “
“ELENA is a film unlike anything I’ve ever seen before, and from the moment we saw it we knew we had to help Petra and her team get it out to the world,” said Dylan Marchetti of Variance Films. “Audiences are going to be spellbound.”
“While screening the film at SXSW there were times I forgot I was watching a doc. I was lost in the soul-wrenching story of Petra’s recounting her sister’s life through found footage, letters and stunningly beautiful scenes of New York,” said Greg Rubidge, President of Syndicado. “ELENA touches you on both a visual and hauntingly raw emotional level. It reminds the audience how cinema is truly an art form, and one that can move us in a way unlike any other medium.”
ELENA was produced and directed by Petra Costa, written by Petra Costa and Carolina Ziskind, and was executive produced by Julia Bock, Daniela Santos, Tim Robbins and Fernando Meirelles. ELENA is a Busca Vida Pictures production and was made with the support of Ancine, The Ford Foundation, and Tribeca Film Institute.
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Syndicado Inc. is a leading film and TV distributor focused on digital distribution through the industry’s leading cable VOD and Internet platforms. The company partners with traditional distributors, producers and sale agents to manage all aspects of VOD distribution, strategy and marketing, on the leading digital service providers in North America and Europe. The company’s expertise and business model allow distributors and other rights holders a cost effective strategy to fully exploit emerging digital opportunities, while remaining focused on their core traditional business.
originally published February 4, 2014
Syndicado Inc. releases The Ghosts In Our Machine in the U.S.A. on cable VOD and Internet February 7 through Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox, RCN, iTunes,Amazon, Vubiquity, Xbox, vudu and Google Play.
Award-winning filmmaker Liz Marshall directs The Ghosts in Our Machine through the heart and lens of acclaimed animal photographer Jo-Anne McArthur. The film follows Jo-Anne over the course of a year as she documents several animal stories in parts of Canada, the U.S. and in Europe. Each story and photograph is a window into global animal industries: Food; Fashion; Entertainment and Biomedical Research. This visually arresting one-of-a-kind documentary shines a cinematic light on the animals we don’t easily acknowledge.
The Ghosts in Our Machine made it to the 2013 master list of 151 Oscar Qualifying Docs and recently played sold-out dates in New York and Los Angeles, following a super successful world premiere at Hot Docs 2013 (voted a Top 10 Audience Favorite).
“The Ghosts In Our Machine is an eye-opening and heart-warming portrait of the invisible animals in our society,” says Greg Rubidge, President of Syndicado. “We are looking forward to getting more eyeballs on this important film.”
What the critics say:
This is a masterful film. It should be essential viewing for everyone. – James Cromwell, Actor
Marshall succeeds in creating a portrait of a driven activist that shies away from outright polemics to perhaps preach beyond the converted. – Basil Tsiokos, Indiewire
A superb example of committed filmmaking. (4 STARS) – Susan G. Cole, NOW Magazine
I can’t imagine anyone not feeling moved during Ghosts.
– David DeWitt, New York Times
Haunting beauty…Ghosts is urging us to rethink our relationship with the animal population — what they owe us, what we owe them.
– Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
A film whose sense of urgency and purpose is utterly engrossing.
– Ernest Hardy, Village Voice