Distributor Kino Lorber has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to Scott Thurman’s Tribeca-winning doc The Revisionaries (pictured), which will receive a theatrical run in October ahead of a TV premiere on PBS in 2013.
The film examines the power struggle inside the Texas State Board of Education, the governing body that determines what students learn in Texas’s public schools, and looks at how public education has become the latest battleground in a new wave of cultural, religious and ideological clashes.
The doc picked up Tribeca’s Special Jury Prize for Best Documentary, before going on to play at the Dallas International Film Festival, Hot Docs, the Seattle International Film Festival and, most recently, at the AFI-Silverdocs Documentary Festival.
After its theatrical run, the doc will air on PBS’s Independent Lens in early 2013, when it will also be released on DVD and across digital platforms.
Kino Lorber VP Elizabeth Sheldon, who negotiated the deal with producer Daniel Chalfen of Naked Edge Films, said: “We’re proud to bring this even-handed but thoughtfully incendiary film to screens across the U.S.
“It’s a wake-up call about how seemingly local Texas politics is turning into a fundamental national threat to the American concept of liberty, with enduring impact on generations of students.”
Check out a clip from the doc below: