David France’s Academy Award-nominated documentary How To Survive A Plague (pictured) will get a theatrical run in the United Kingdom this spring courtesy of distributor Dartmouth Films.
California-based doc distributor Ro*co Films secured the deal for the film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 and opened in U.S. cinemas last year through Sundance Selects.
Using primarily archival footage, Plague tells the story of how two New York City activist coalitions successfully pressured government officials and pharmaceutical executives to respond more quickly to the HIV/AIDS health crisis in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The film marks the feature debut for France, a veteran print journalist and magazine editor.
“Dartmouth’s dedication to involving the community in the film’s UK roll-out made them the ideal distributor for us,” he said in a statement. “As we know from our experience releasing in North America, teams of non-profit partners, supporters, and stakeholders are instrumental in building a broad audience for the film and assuring its successful theatrical run.”
Plague is one of the five films nominated in the Best Feature Documentary at this year’s Oscars. The other nominees are Searching For Sugar Man, The Gatekeepers, 5 Broken Cameras and The Invisible War. The winner will be announced at the annual Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on February 24.