New York-headquartered digital distributor FilmBuff has taken worldwide rights to Chad Gracia’s debut feature, The Russian Woodpecker (pictured).
The doc picked up the Grand Jury Prize in the world cinema category at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and has gone on to screen across the festival circuit, including Sheffield Doc/Fest in June, where realscreen caught up with Gracia.
The film is to be released in select theaters in the U.S. on October 16, when it will also be available through such “on demand” platforms as Amazon Instant Video, Google Play and iTunes, among others.
The Russian Woodpecker finds the first-time director following Ukrainian artist Fedor Alexandrovich as he investigates a theory about what caused the Chernobyl explosion in 1986. A victim of the disaster, Alexandrovich ultimately unveils information that leads to threats against his life, all while a revolution and conflict brews in Ukraine.