FilmRise soars with “National Bird”

The New York-based distributor has acquired the North American distribution rights to Sonia Kennebeck's drone warfare documentary National Bird (pictured).
April 13, 2016

New York-based distributor FilmRise has acquired the North American distribution rights to Sonia Kennebeck‘s drone warfare documentary National Bird (pictured).

The film presents the stories of three U.S. Air Force veterans-turned-whistleblowers hoping to put the spotlight on the U.S. government’s drone warfare program. It also features interviews with famed defense attorney Jesselyn Radack, who represented former CIA employee Edward Snowden.

Despite possible consequences under the Espionage Act, the film brings the three veterans out of the shadows as they reveal their participation in drone activities overseas.

The doc – which was named a realscreen MIPTV Pick last month – was produced by Ines Hofmann Kanna and exec produced by Errol Morris and Wim Wenders.

National Bird had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February. It will enjoy its North American premiere at this week’s Tribeca Film Festival, followed by a theatrical release in the fall.

California-based distributor Ro*co Films holds international rights for the doc, including international digital rights.

The deal was negotiated by FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher and VP of acquisitions Max Einhorn, with Ben Braun and Josh Braun of Submarine.

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