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1091 picks up North American rights to Luke Lorentzen’s “Midnight Family”

Global indie distributor 1091, formerly known as The Orchard Film Group, has acquired the North American distribution rights to Luke Lorentzen’s feature-length documentary Midnight Family. The 81-minute vérité film, which held ...
April 18, 2019

Global indie distributor 1091, formerly known as The Orchard Film Group, has acquired the North American distribution rights to Luke Lorentzen’s feature-length documentary Midnight Family.

The 81-minute vérité film, which held its world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, journeys to one of Mexico City’s wealthiest neighborhoods, where the Ochoa family runs a private ambulance, competing with other for-profit EMTs for patients in need of urgent care.

Midnight Family took home the Special Jury Award for Best Cinematography in the Documentary Competition category at Sundance.

The film is a Hedgehog Film production in co-production with No Ficción. It is produced by Kellen Quinn and Lorentzen, alongside Elena Fortes and Daniela Alatorre.

1091 has scheduled a late summer 2019 theatrical release.

The deal was negotiated by 1091′s Danielle DiGiacomo and Submarine Entertainment on behalf of the filmmakers.

“Much like our film Cartel Land, Midnight Family is a riveting documentary exploring life for a family in Mexico as they strive for survival,” said Danielle DiGiacomo, SVP of acquisitions and strategic partnerships at 1091, in a statement. “Luke Lorentzen tells an authentic story of the Ochoas and we are thrilled to bring this must-see film to theaters.”

(Photo by Luke Lorentzen, courtesy of Family Ambulance Film LLC.)

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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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