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Doc acquisitions: “The Mustangs,” new Brian Wilson music film picked up

Virgil Films lands The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses Indie distributor Virgil Films has acquired the global rights to the feature-length wildlife-themed documentary The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses, and will release it theatrically ...
September 28, 2021

Virgil Films lands The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses

Indie distributor Virgil Films has acquired the global rights to the feature-length wildlife-themed documentary The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses, and will release it theatrically in October followed by a VOD release.

The Mustangs (pictured) takes viewers across the U.S. to follow some of the more than 80,000 wild horses on American public land and more than 50,000 in government-run corrals. It also highlights the work of Operation Wild Horse, an organization pairing mustangs and veterans with PTSD.

The film is executive produced by Robert Redford, Patti Scialfa Springsteen and U.S. Olympic equestrian silver medalist Jessica Springsteen, and directed by Steven Latham and Conrad Stanley.

The documentary’s soundtrack features musical legends Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris, as well as the original song “Never Gonna Tame You,” performed by Blanco Brown and written by iconic songwriter Diane Warren (also a co-producer on the film), a 12-time Oscar nominee and Grammy, Emmy and two-time Golden Globe award winner whose songs have been featured in more than 100 films.

“America’s wild horses are fighting their last stand,” said Redford in a release. “Increasing competition for our natural resources threatens our wilderness areas, our wild horses and other wildlife species. Horses are interwoven into the very fabric of what is America. What threatens them threatens us all.”

Screen Media picks up Brian Wilson doc featuring new original song

Screen Media, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment company, has secured the North American rights to the biographical documentary Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road, which premiered at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival.

Described as a deeply personal film, the documentary focuses on the legendary songwriter, composer, producer and Beach Boys founder, whose career was shaken by his struggles with mental health. Long Promised Road finds Wilson reflecting on his life and career with longtime friend and Rolling Stone editor Jason Fine. The doc also features interviews with friends and admirers including Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Nick Jonas, Al Jardine, Don Was, Jim James, Jakob Dylan, Gustavo Dudamel and Taylor Hawkins.

Long Promised Road features concert, studio and interview footage, as well as Wilson and Jim James’ original song “Right Where I Belong”, which was recorded specifically for the documentary. Screen Media will release the film theatrically and on VOD in November.

The film is directed by Brent Wilson (no relation), and produced by Tim Headington and Theresa Steele Page under their Ley Line Entertainment banner along with Brent Wilson. Executive producers are Brian Wilson, Melinda Wilson and Jason Fine, with Jean Sievers co-producing. Seth Needle, EVP of global acquisitions and co-productions for Screen Media, negotiated the deal with ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers.

“As a lifelong fan, I knew this film would have to take some risks to give us insight into Brian’s complex world, I’m so glad to have found a partner in Screen Media who embraced the unique approach we took to sharing his story,” said Brent Wilson in a release.

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