Gravitas Ventures has secured worldwide rights to the Christopher Cannucciari-directed documentary Banking On Bitcoin. The film follows the ideological battle underway between fringe utopists and mainstream capitalism. Bitcoin’s early pioneers sought to blur the lines of sovereignty and the financial status quo. After years of underground development, Bitcoin grabbed the attention of a curious public, as well as the ire of the regulators the technology had subverted. Yet, after landmark arrests of prominent cyber criminals, Bitcoin, which surged on election night, still faces its most severe adversary, the very banks it was built to destroy. David Levy is producer and Matthew O’Neill and Jon Alpert exec produced. The deal was negotiated by Gravitas Ventures’ Dan Fisher and by Preferred Content on behalf of Periscope Entertainment.
Bond/360 has picked up U.S. rights to Franca: Chaos & Creation, the documentary about legendary editor-in-chief of Italian Vogue, Franca Sozzani. Directed by Sozzani’s son Francesco Carrozzini, the film depicts a woman who has changed and challenged the global fashion industry with her iconic imagery and editorial direction. Bond/360 will release the doc in limited theaters next year, followed by a digital and DVD release. It features interviews from Karl Lagerfeld, Bruce Weber, Baz Luhrmann, Courtney Love among others and offers an inside glimpse into the often controversial magazine maven’s creative process and her vulnerabilities. From LDM Comunicazione Production, the doc first premiered at the 2016 Venice Film Festival. The deal was negotiated by Elizabeth Sheldon of Bond/360 and Linzee Troubh of Kinetic.
FilmRise, in an AFM deal with Archstone Distribution, has acquired the rights to Dead Awake, the horror thriller from the creator of the Final Destination franchise. The company plans a domestic theatrical release early 2017. Directed by Phillip Guzman and starring Orange Is The New Black‘s Lori Petty, the film is about a young woman who must save herself and her friends from an ancient evil that stalks its victims through the real-life phenomenon of sleep paralysis. Jesse Bradford and Jocelin Donahue also co-star. The deal was negotiated between FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher and VP of Acquisitions Max Einhorn with Archstone.