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Gravitas takes “Peace Officer” for North America

U.S. distributor Gravitas Ventures has taken the North American rights to SXSW Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award-winning doc Peace Officer (pictured).
May 14, 2015

Distributor Gravitas Ventures has taken the North American rights to the SXSW Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award-winning doc Peace Officer.

The LA-headquartered distributor took the theatrical, transactional VOD and DVD rights to Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber’s film about the militarization of police in Utah, told through the lens of former sheriff William “Dub” Lawrence. The doc examines the case of Lawrence’s son-in-law, who was killed in a stand-off with a SWAT team, and covers other officer-involved shootings in the community.

A North American platform theatrical release – managed by distribution label Submarine Deluxe – is planned for this fall, while Peace Officer is also to debut on PBS doc strand ‘Independent Lens’ next spring.

“We believe telling this story through the lens of a remarkable former sheriff that’s re-examining the role of the SWAT team he himself founded in his community will provide audiences with a truly unique perspective,” said Christopherson and Barber in a joint statement. “We hope the film engages audiences everywhere in a meaningful discussion that will ultimately protect the lives of both officers and citizens.”

Dan Braun, co-president and co-founder of Submarine Deluxe, added: “This is one of those rare films that is not only incredibly relevant to what’s happening in the world right now, but is also a finely crafted piece of cinema that we believe will resonate with audiences on many levels.”

The deal for Peace Officer was negotiated by Nolan Gallagher for Gravitas Ventures, Lois Vossen for Independent Lens, and Josh and Dan Braun from Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers.

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