Cinedigm Entertainment Group and distributor New Video have jointly acquired North American distribution rights to Kirby Dick’s critically acclaimed The Invisible War (pictured).
The deal is the first acquisition under the two companies’ recent partnership, established to acquire and distribute indie films theatrically in North America.
Cinedigm will release the doc in theaters in the summer, while New Video will release across digital, On-Demand and DVD. The Invisible War explores the personal and social consequences of what has been called a rape epidemic within the U.S. military, at a time when it’s more likely for a female soldier to be raped by a fellow soldier than to be killed by enemy fire.
The film features interviews with survivors, as well as high-ranking military officials and Congress members, in order to reveal the history of rape in the military and point a way forward towards change.
Amy Ziering serves as producer, while Ro*co Films handles educational distribution and international sales for The Invisible War. Film Sprout is handling non-theatrical distribution and The Film Collaborative is handling worldwide festival distribution. PBS’s ‘Independent Lens’ is the U.S. broadcast partner and helped finance the film.
“The film is incredibly powerful and deserves – in fact demands – to be seen by as many people as possible. We very much look forward to working with Kirby, Amy and their team to share this important film with audiences across the nation,” said Chris McGurk, chairman and CEO of Cinedigm.
“Kirby is a fearless and intrepid filmmaker and The Invisible War is sure to ignite a national firestorm,” added Susan Margolin, co-president of New Video.
The Invisible War won the U.S. documentary audience award at the Sundance Film Festival in January.