New Video acquires North American rights to “Hell and Back Again”

The North American rights for the Sundance-awarded documentary, Hell and Back Again, have been picked up by distributors New Video.
May 3, 2011

The North American rights for the Sundance-awarded documentary, Hell and Back Again, have been picked up by distributors New Video.

Hell and Back Again, which depicts a Marine in Afghanistan on the front line and also his time at home in recovery, is the documentary feature debut of photojournalist Danfung Dennis. The film is also a Hot Docs official selection.

The doc is set for a theatrical release in October 2011 ahead of its digital, VOD and DVD distribution. The doc will have its television debut in 2012 on PBS Independent Lens, through a partnership between the producers and ITVS.

The deal was negotiated by VP of acquisitions Mark Kashden on behalf of New Video and by Cinetic Media, and the film’s executive producers, Dan Cogan of Impact Partners and Karol Martesko-Fenster of Thought Engine, on behalf of the filmmakers.

“We are honored to release Danfung’s film, where so much courage is on display – from his breathtaking cinematography to soldiers on the frontline to Nathan and Ashley’s struggles at home,” said Kashden. “Our long-term, multi-platform release schedule ensures that the widest audience, particularly groups and communities most directly impacted at home by war overseas, will have an opportunity to experience this stunning achievement.”

Independent Lens is very excited to partner on this transcendent film,” said Lois Vossen, founding series producer. “We look forward to presenting Hell and Back Again to millions of viewers through the Independent Lens Community Cinema outreach program and our spring 2012 broadcast.”

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