Extra: FilmRise takes “Holy Hell,” PBS Int’l shops “Space”

In today's 'Extra' wrap, FilmRise acquires the U.S. distribution rights to Will Allen's Sundance cult film Holy Hell (pictured), and PBS International makes A Year in Space available for sale outside of the U.S.
March 4, 2016

FilmRise takes U.S. rights to “Holy Hell”

New York-based distributor FilmRise has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Will Allen’s religious cult film Holy Hell (pictured). The archival film, which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival, trails a young filmmaker who joins a secretive spiritual community in 1980s West Hollywood that is torn apart 20 years later.

The deal was negotiated between FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher and VP of acquisitions Max Einhom, as well as Donaldson + Callif’s Dean Cheley and Michael Donaldson¬†on behalf of the filmmakers, along with The Film Sales Company’s Andrew Herwitz.

Holy Hell is produced by Time Inc.’s Alexandra Johnes and ex-cult member Tracey Harnish. The doc is exec produced by Donaldson, Cheryl Sanders, Julian Goldstein and Jared Leto. FilmRise will release the film theatrically across the U.S. on May 20.

PBS International to distribute¬†“A Year in Space”

PBS International has made the two-part interplanetary special A Year in Space available for sales outside of the U.S.

Produced by PBS and Time Inc., the films are to offer exclusive access to the longest space mission in U.S. history, as well as insight into NASA’s biomedical research into the physical and emotional changes, as well as biological functions, individuals can expect for interstellar travel to Mars and beyond.

The special chronicles American astronaut and engineer Scott Kelly’s 12-month journey – from training and launch to descent and landing – aboard the International Space Station, and also follows the story of Scott’s identical twin Mark Kelly at home as he prepares for his brother’s galactic adventure.

The first installment of A Year in Space aired on PBS on March 2. The second installment is slated to air in 2017.

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