New York-headquartered indie distributor Abramorama has acquired the U.S. theatrical distribution rights to Chris Martin’s feature-length documentary Under The Wire from Arrow Media, History Films, BFI and BBC Storyville.
The 95-minute documentary held its world premiere at the 2018 Sheffield Doc/Fest and is based on the book of the same title by photographer Paul Conroy, which tells the story of Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin and Conroy’s mission to Homs, Syria in February 2012 to cover the plight of trapped Syrian civilians under siege by their own government. When Syrian Army artillery fire killed Colvin at the international media center, Conroy had to find a way to escape the war-torn city – despite being critically injured – to tell the world of his fallen colleague and the plight of the people of Homs.
The film, previously titled Escape from Homs, is a History Films and BFI presentation in association with A&E IndieFilms and BBC Storyville and is an Arrow Media production in association with Vice Films.
Abramorama will initially open Under The Wire in New York and Los Angeles beginning Nov. 16, followed by further engagements around the country.
Executive producers on the film include Molly Thompson, Laura Fleury, Mary Burke, Emma Loach, Mandy Chang, Eddy Moretti and Ben Anderson. Tom Brisley is the producer on the film with Stephanie Mavropoulos, Danny Gabai and Michael Kronish listed as co-producers.
“Under The Wire has been attracting a huge amount of interest from all corners of the globe,” said Brisley, joint creative director at Arrow Media, in a statement. “Abramorama is widely recognized as one of America’s leading distributors of high-profile documentaries and we are delighted to be working with them. They are going to be a very important partner in extending the global reach of this internationally important story.”