“Newtown,” “Wrong Light” ink U.S. distribution deals

Abramorama has picked up Kim A. Snyder's Newtown (pictured, left), while The Cinema Guild has acquired Josie Swantek Heitz and Dave Adams's The Wrong Light (right).
June 28, 2016

Kim A. Snyder‘s Newtown (pictured, left) and Josie Swantek Heitz and Dave Adams‘s The Wrong Light(right) have secured U.S. distribution deals.

Indie distribution firm Abramorama has acquired the U.S. theatrical rights to Newtown, with Los Angeles-based distributor The Orchard handling all TV (excluding PBS) and home entertainment in North America.

Shot over the span of nearly three years, the film examines the aftermath of the killing of 20 children between the ages of six and seven, and six adults, in the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The film was produced by Maria Cuomo Cole and premiered at Sundance in January.

In the wake of the Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida, earlier this month, Newtown will screen for the U.S. Congress on July 13.

The film will open in theaters across America in October, followed by its television premiere on PBS in early 2017.

The deal was negotiated by Abramorama CEO Richard Abramowitz with Thought Engine’s Karol Martesko-Fenster and The Orchard’s VP of acquisitions Danielle DiGiacomo, with Preferred Content and WME Global on behalf of the filmmakers.

Read realscreen‘s interview with Snyder about the making of Newtown here.

Meanwhile, New York-based distribution firm The Cinema Guild has taken the U.S. distribution rights to The Wrong Light.

The 78-minute film examines the underbelly of child advocacy in Northern Thailand through the story of an activist who leads an anti-trafficking NGO and claims to have saved young girls from brothels. The filmmakers, however, uncover “discrepancies” in their interviews with the girls and their families, and The Wrong Light reveals a dark side to child advocacy in the region.

The doc – which was a Central Pitch project at the Hot Docs Forum in 2015 – was produced by non-profit media company Shine Global and held its world premiere at the Cleveland International Film Festival in April. It will make its theatrical debut this fall.

The deal was negotiated by Cinema Guild’s Blandine Mercier-McGovern; Shine Global’s Susan MacLaury, Albie Hecht and Alex Blaney; and Shine attorney Roy Langbord.

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