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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.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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