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FilmBuff catches “The Russian Woodpecker”

The New York-headquartered digital distributor has taken worldwide rights to Chad Gracia's award-winning debut feature, The Russian Woodpecker (pictured).
September 23, 2015

New York-headquartered digital distributor FilmBuff has taken worldwide rights to Chad Gracia’s debut feature, The Russian Woodpecker (pictured).

The doc picked up the Grand Jury Prize in the world cinema category at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and has gone on to screen across the festival circuit, including Sheffield Doc/Fest in June, where realscreen caught up with Gracia.

The film is to be released in select theaters in the U.S. on October 16, when it will also be available through such “on demand” platforms as Amazon Instant Video, Google Play and iTunes, among others.

The Russian Woodpecker finds the first-time director following Ukrainian artist Fedor Alexandrovich as he investigates a theory about what caused the Chernobyl explosion in 1986. A victim of the disaster, Alexandrovich ultimately unveils information that leads to threats against his life, all while a revolution and conflict brews in Ukraine.

 

 

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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