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Gravitas picks up Colin Hanks’ Tower Records doc

Distributor Gravitas Ventures has acquired the North American rights to All Things Must Pass (pictured) and is planning a theatrical release for September.
April 17, 2015

Director Colin Hanks’ documentary about Tower Records has found a North American distributor.

Gravitas Ventures has picked up All Things Must Pass (pictured), which premiered at SXSW last month, and is planning a theatrical release for September.

Produced by Sean Stuart and executive produced by Glen Zipper, the film examines the rise and fall of the music retailer, which earned US$1 billion in 1999 and filed for bankruptcy seven years later.

Hanks spent seven years making the documentary after an initial crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter attracted more than 1,600 supporters.

Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, Elton John, and David Geffen are among the music industry luminaries to appear in the film, along with Tower Records founder Russ Solomon.

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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