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Gravitas Ventures picks up U.S. rights to “Elián”

Distributor Gravitas Ventures has acquired the U.S. rights to the documentary Elián ahead of its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. With this agreement, Gravitas has secured the theatrical, ...
April 13, 2017

Distributor Gravitas Ventures has acquired the U.S. rights to the documentary Elián ahead of its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.

With this agreement, Gravitas has secured the theatrical, digital and video rights to the doc based on the story of Elián González, a five-year-old Cuban boy rescued from the Florida Straits on Thanksgiving Day in 1999. The debate over his future stocked simmering post-Cold War U.S. and Cuban tensions.

The feature includes personal testimony, candid interviews and archival news footage to present an account of González’s life — including the custody battle between the boy’s Cuban father and Miami-based relatives — and the political battles around the event. With unprecedented access, directors Tim Golden and Ross McDonnell refresh this story with González, now a 23-year-old man.

Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney and his company Jigsaw Productions executive produced the doc that was created and produced by award-winning filmmaker Trevor Birney of Fine Point Films Ltd.

The deal was brokered by Nolan Gallagher, founder and CEO of Gravitas Ventures, and by Jonathan Ford with Content Media Corporation on behalf of the filmmakers.

“Many of us remember how our country was captivated by the story of Elián Gonzalez,” said Gallagher, in a statement. “We know audiences will find it extraordinarily timely to today’s political climate.”

CNN Films Amy Entelis is executive producer and Courtney Sexton is supervising producer for Elián. In addition to being a co-production partner for Elián, CNN Films will be the worldwide broadcast and mobile premiere presenter and is the exclusive presenter for U.S. television. The network also holds rights to broadcast the film in Canada.

Streaming platform Amazon Prime Video will be the exclusive home for Elián in the U.S.

Elián is slated for theatrical release beginning in New York and Los Angeles on May 19, 2017.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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