Toronto-based distributor Kinosmith has acquired Herman’s House, Angad Singh Bhalla’s feature documentary on Herman Wallace, a man who has spent 40 years imprisoned in solitary confinement, and his unlikely friendship with a New York artist.
Kinosmith’s founder Robin Smith acquired the Hot Docs hit from Storyline Entertainment for theatrical distribution throughout Canada.
The film from first-time director Singh Bhalla focuses on the collaboration between Jackie Sumell, a New York artist, and Wallace, on an art project.
“We were extremely moved by Angad Singh Bhalla’s doc revolving around imprisoned activist Herman Wallace and artist Jackie Sumell, and its themes on the injustices of such a sentence within the American judicial system,” says Smith. “This is an important film that we look forward to releasing to wider audiences across Canada in the fall, and are very proud to be working with the amazing team behind this project.”
During Hot Docs, first-time director Bhalla told realscreen that plans are afoot for a companion interactive doc, Inside Herman’s House, with partners the National Film Board of Canada and creative director Ted Biggs.