Global indie distributor 1091, formerly known as The Orchard Film Group, has acquired the North American distribution rights to Luke Lorentzen’s feature-length documentary Midnight Family.
The 81-minute vérité film, which held its world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, journeys to one of Mexico City’s wealthiest neighborhoods, where the Ochoa family runs a private ambulance, competing with other for-profit EMTs for patients in need of urgent care.
Midnight Family took home the Special Jury Award for Best Cinematography in the Documentary Competition category at Sundance.
The film is a Hedgehog Film production in co-production with No Ficción. It is produced by Kellen Quinn and Lorentzen, alongside Elena Fortes and Daniela Alatorre.
1091 has scheduled a late summer 2019 theatrical release.
The deal was negotiated by 1091′s Danielle DiGiacomo and Submarine Entertainment on behalf of the filmmakers.
“Much like our film Cartel Land, Midnight Family is a riveting documentary exploring life for a family in Mexico as they strive for survival,” said Danielle DiGiacomo, SVP of acquisitions and strategic partnerships at 1091, in a statement. “Luke Lorentzen tells an authentic story of the Ochoas and we are thrilled to bring this must-see film to theaters.”
(Photo by Luke Lorentzen, courtesy of Family Ambulance Film LLC.)