New York-based distributor Kino Lorber has acquired most North American rights to Peter Nicks’ acclaimed feature-length documentary The Force.
The 80-minute film (pictured) premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was feted with the Directing Award: U.S. Documentary honors. It provides exclusive access into the embattled Oakland Police Department as it struggles to rebuild trust in one of America’s most violent, yet promising, cities.
Coproduced by Open’hood and ITVS, and filmed over two years, the doc chronicles the department’s new chief brought in to effect reform at the very moment the Black Lives Matter movement emerges to demand police transparency and racial justice across the nation.
The film follows up Nicks’ The Waiting Room (2012) and serves as the second in a trilogy concerning the relationship between public institutions and the communities they serve on the California coastal city. The third film, Homeroom, is currently in development.
The Force will see a theatrical run beginning Sept. 15 in New York and the Bay Area, followed by Los Angeles on Sept. 23. A nationwide release will follow in the fall, before a VOD and home release in 2018.
The deal was negotiated between Kino Lorber SVP Wendy Lidell and Cinetic Media’s Jason Ishikawa.