Kino Lorber takes U.S. rights for “The Messenger”

New York-based documentary distributor Kino Lorber has taken all U.S. rights to Su Rynard's The Messenger (pictured).
October 14, 2015

New York-based distributor Kino Lorber has taken all U.S. rights to Su Rynard‘s The Messenger (pictured).

The latest film from the Dream Machine director details the alarming rate at which songbird populations worldwide are vanishing. The film argues that the global demise of songbirds, brought on by turbulent man-made environmental conditions, will signify the crash of the global ecosystem.

Produced by SongbirdSOS Productions Inc. and Films à Cinq/ARTE, the film will open in New York on December 4 and Los Angeles on December 11. A nationwide release in more than 30 markets is set to follow, with a subsequent DVD and digital release in 2016.

The film will be released via Kino Lorber’s Alive Mind Cinema label.

The Messenger was acquired at the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival this past April, where it held its world premiere and was named one of the festival’s top three audience favorites. Earlier this month, the doc picked up the Best Conservation Program at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.

Elizabeth Sheldon, senior VP at Kino Lorber, negotiated the deal with the team at SongbirdSOS Productions Inc.

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