By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 2, 2013 at 11:55AM
Cinedigm announced today it will be elevating its Docurama Films independent label into a multi-platform 'DOCURAMA" brand with a series of national theatrical screening events and a streaming network service. For almost 15 years, Docurama Films has presented acclaimed documentaries, including Kirby Dick's "The Invisible War," Danfung Dennis' "Hell and Back Again," Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing's "Detropia" and genre classics such as D.A. Pennebaker's "Don't Look Back" and Robert Drew's "Primary."
The DOCURAMA platform will launch on April 22 with a 7-week, 7-film series of screenings across the country, with its free streaming service launching at the same time.
Stated Cinedigm chairman and CEO Chris McGurk: "These outstanding films deserve a theatrical release, the boost from which provides ongoing community engagement and discussion. We fervently believe that most consumers desire to see what they want, when they want, on the device of their choosing. This program satisfies everyone."
The slate of seven films and the theaters and locations of the screenings are as follows:
Resembling a film festival format, Cinedigm will present seven feature-length documentaries at theaters in up to fifteen U.S. markets, with each film being screened multiple times per week. Markets currently booked for the series include: Los Angeles, CA (Laemmle Claremont, Monica, NoHo); Pasadena, CA (Laemmle Playhouse); Encino, CA (Laemmle Town Center); San Diego, CA (Media Arts Center); Austin, TX (Alamo Drafthouse Village, Slaughter Lane); San Antonio, TX (Alamo Drafthouse Park North); Phoenix, AZ (Harkins Shea-Scottsdale); Cleveland, OH (Cedar Lee, Capital); Pittsburgh, PA (Southside Works); New Haven, CT (Criterion Cinemas @ Movieland); Hartford, CT (Cinema City at the Palace); Ithaca, NY (Cinemapolis); Winchester, VA (Alamo Drafthouse); Richmond, VA (Criterion Cinemas @ Movieland).
G-DOG (April 22 – April 28)
Written and directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Mock (Maya Lin: A Strong Vision), G-DOG is the remarkable story of Father Greg Boyle, a white Jesuit priest in East Los Angeles, and the tough street kids there who love him. (Releasing April 23 on Cable VOD; April 30 on DVD; May 28 on SVOD)
¡VIVAN LAS ANTIPODAS! (April 29 – May 5)
Russian director Victor Kossakovsky’s kaleidoscopic documentary juxtaposes tranquil landscapes of Argentina with the clamor of Shanghai – two of eight “antipodes” explored in this beautifully rendered world-spanning film. (Releasing June 11 on DVD; July 9 on SVOD)
THE WORLD BEFORE HER (May 6 – May 12)
Moving between the transformative action of a boot camp in Bombay for beauty pageant contestants and Durgha Vahini, a right-wing military camp for young women, director Nisha Pahuja places the faces and voices of young Indian women at the center of her provocative film. (Releasing August 6 on DVD)
THE FRUIT HUNTERS (May 13 – May 19)
Acclaimed actor and community activist Bill Pullman (Independence Day, 1600 Penn) stars in director Yung Chang’s exploration of nature’s sweetest bounty. (Releasing July 16 on Cable VOD and DVD)
CHARGE (May 20 – May 26)
From the director of Faster and Fastest (Mark Neale), and narrated by actor and motorcycle enthusiast Ewan McGregor, CHARGE is proof that maniacs on motorcycles can be a force for global good. (Releasing May 28 on Cable VOD and DVD)
PING PONG (May 27 – June 2)
Veteran TV producer Hugh Hartford’s debut documentary feature follows 8 senior citizens from around the world – with 703 years between them – competing for gold in the Over 80 Table Tennis Championship in Inner Mongolia. (Releasing October 8 on Cable VOD and DVD)
LONDON: THE MODERN BABYLON (June 10 – June 16)
Director Julien Temple (Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten) time-travels through London from the start of the 20th century to the 2012 Olympics, threading past and present voices with film archives and popular music across the century. (Releasing July 16 on DVD; August 13 on SVOD)