New York-based film and television distributor FilmRise has acquired the North American distribution rights to Alex Jablonski and Kahlil Hudson’s feature documentary Wildland.
The 77-minute film, previously titled Young Men and Fire, serves as a personal account of a wildland firefighting crew as they struggle with fear, loyalty, dreams, and demons over the course of one single wildfire season.
The doc charts a group of working-class men, beginning with the job interview process, to gather insight into each man’s decision to pursue employment as a wildland firefighter and their unwavering efforts in changing and giving meaning to their lives.
Wildland held its world premiere at the 2018 Camden International Film Festival and will enjoy its national television debut across PBS’ long-running documentary strand ‘Independent Lens’ on Oct. 29.
The film’s airing on ‘Independent Lens’ will coincide with the launch of the FilmRise impact marketing campaign to exhibit the film theatrically as a national Gathr Films Theatrical On Demand release in Jan. 2019.
FilmRise’s Max Einhorn, VP of acquisitions, negotiated the deal with CAA’s Amanda Lebow and filmmaker Jablonski.