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Exclusive: Gravitas Ventures takes rights to “Public Enemy Number One”

Indie film rights distributor Gravitas Ventures, a division of Red Arrow Studios, has acquired the North American rights to the Robert Rippberger-directed documentary Public Enemy Number One.  Produced by Aletheia Films in association with Natural ...
March 25, 2020

Indie film rights distributor Gravitas Ventures, a division of Red Arrow Studios, has acquired the North American rights to the Robert Rippberger-directed documentary Public Enemy Number One. 

Produced by Aletheia Films in association with Natural 9 Entertainment, the doc looks to spotlight the politics behind the multi-billion dollar war on drugs, focusing on major shifts in drug policy and culture from the Nixon administration to modern day.

Alongside an appearance by seminal rapper-turned-actor Ice-T (Law & Order: SVU) and a group of renowned policy activists, Public Enemy Number One also examines the war’s lasting effects on racial biases, mass incarceration, and hidden political motives. It also features interviews with three U.S. drug czars, policy makers, founders of the “Just Say No” movement and journalist Dan Baum.

The film, which most recently picked up the best producer and storyteller awards at the DOCLA Festival, is slated for release June 2020.

Public Enemy Number One is executive produced by Ice T, Phil Viardo, Jeff Androsky of Natural 9 Entertainment; Wes Hull and Dave Lugo of El Ride Productions; and Jerry Szycer. Chris Chiari of King of Quality Productions is producer.

Tony Piantedosi, vice president of acquisitions, negotiated the deal on behalf of GravitasVentures.

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Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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