Tribeca Film Festival
Tribeca Film today announced that it will release THE GIANT MECHANICAL MAN, DEATH OF A SUPERHERO, and SLEEPLESS NIGHT nationwide via video-on-demand during the Tribeca Film Festival, which runs April 18-29. The films are each an official selection of the Festival and feature notable actors such as Jenna Fischer, Topher Grace, Malin Akerman, Tomer Sisley, Andy Serkis and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.
Tribeca Film also announced it has acquired North American rights to BOOKER’S PLACE: A MISSISSIPPI STORY, rounding out its selection of titles to be released during the Festival. BOOKER’S PLACE is a riveting documentary offering a wholly original perspective on the Civil Rights struggle through its subject, Booker Wright. The film is directed by Raymond De Felitta and produced by eyepatch productions, the independent in-house Production Company of Ogilvy & Mather, New York. The deal was negotiated by Nick Savva, Director of Acquisitions for Tribeca Film, and Steven Beer of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, on behalf of filmmakers De Felitta and producing partner David Zellerford, who teamed up with co-Producer Yvette Johnson, Booker Wright’s granddaughter.
From April 17 through June 19, THE GIANT MECHANICAL MAN, DEATH OF A SUPERHERO and SLEEPLESS NIGHT will be available in more than 40 million homes via cable, telco and satellite systems. BOOKER’S PLACE will begin its VOD run on April 26. Additionally, these films will be available online via digital VOD services such as iTunes, Amazon Watch Instantly, Vudu and Samsung Media Hub, a new distribution partner of Tribeca Film. Tribeca Film will also begin to roll out these films theatrically, starting with BOOKER’S PLACE on April 25 and THE GIANT MECHANICAL MAN on April 27.
“Tribeca Film was founded as a distribution platform to help filmmakers find audiences and, equally important, audiences find films utilizing new connections and strategies,” said Geoff Gilmore. “To that end, we are pleased to support these four features. They embody the exceptional artistry and personal resonance that filmmaking at its finest can provide, and we are proud to be able to share these films with audiences across the country.”
Details on the films premiering on VOD:
- BOOKER’S PLACE: A MISSISSIPPI STORY, directed by Raymond De Felitta. (USA) – World Premiere in TFF’s Spotlight section. In 1965, filmmaker Frank De Felitta made a documentary for NBC News about the changing times in Mississippi that featured Booker Wright – an African-American waiter who worked in a “whites only” restaurant. Booker went on national television and exploded the myth of who he was and his position serving the white community. 46 years later, Frank’s son, director Raymond De Felitta (CITY ISLAND, TWO FAMILY HOUSE), documents a journey into the past and current-day Mississippi with Booker’s granddaughter, in search of who Booker Wright was, the intricacies surrounding his courageous life and untimely murder, and the role Frank De Felitta’s documentary may have played in it. BOOKER’S PLACE will begin a theatrical release on April 25 in L.A. and April 27 in New York.