Kartemquin secures distribution for “The Homestretch”

Distributors The Orchard, Bullfrog Films and Java Films have inked respective deals to distribute the Kartemquin Films-produced doc about youth homelessness in Chicago (pictured).
September 19, 2014

Distributor The Orchard is to release directors Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly’s documentary The Homestretch (pictured) on digital platforms across North America on November 21.

Produced by Kartemquin Films and Spargel Productions, the film focuses on three homeless youth in Chicago and premiered at Hot Docs in April.

Kartemquin, the company behind Steve James’s Roger Ebert doc Life Itself, is handling theatrical distribution for The Homestretch in partnership with social impact strategists Picture Motion and theatrical-on-demand platform Tugg.

The film grossed US$16,000 during its opening week run at Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center, according to the company, and will open theatrically in New York on November 21.

Additionally, Bullfrog Films has acquired the North American educational and non-theatrical rights and is planning an early 2015 DVD release. French documentary distributor Java Films has picked up all worldwide sales rights outside of North America.

“All through production, Anne and Kirsten were building local and national partnerships and thinking about the impact this film could have on homeless youth,” said Justine Nagan, executive director of Kartemquin Films, in a statement. “We’re really confident that this is the right strategy for achieving their goals, and pleased to have assembled a group of distribution partners who believe in the film as passionately as we do.”

PBS doc strand ‘Independent Lens’ will broadcast The Homestretch in April 2015 and host free screenings in 50 cities as part of its Community Cinema program.

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