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Showtime acquires N.A. rights for “2nd Chance” doc after Sundance premiere

Showtime Documentary Films has acquired the North American distribution rights to 2nd Chance, a feature film that premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The first feature-length documentary by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ramin ...
January 31, 2022

Showtime Documentary Films has acquired the North American distribution rights to 2nd Chance, a feature film that premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

The first feature-length documentary by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ramin Bahrani (The White Tiger, 99 Homes, Chop Shop), the film explores the life and work of Richard Davis, inventor of the modern-day bulletproof vest, who shot himself 192 times to prove his product’s effectiveness.

Showtime is planning a theatrical release ahead of 2nd Chance‘s network premiere later this year, leading into awards season.

Daniel Turcan and Johnny Galvin of The Vespucci Group serve as producers on the film, along with Charles Dorfman and Jacob Grodnik. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing, The Look of Silence) is an executive producer, along with Myles Estey, Bahareh Azimi and Marlon Vogelgesang. Endeavor Content and Samuel Marshall Films produced and financed the film.

“Richard Davis is a fascinating documentary subject whose character reveals a deeper metaphor for America today,” Bahrani said in a news release. “I am very thankful to the producers and [the] entire filmmaking team for being part of such a thought-provoking and timely film.”

“It is inspiring to watch how [Bahrani] employs such a deft touch to thoughtfully navigate this wild ride of ambition, capitalism and the Second Amendment. Ramin’s mastery of storytelling is on full display in 2nd Chance,” said Vinnie Malhotra, executive vice president of non-fiction programming at Showtime Networks, Inc.

WME Independent will handle international sales for the film, which will launch at the upcoming Berlin Film Market.

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