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Dustin Smith Moves from Roadside to Gravitas In Time for Sundance

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by Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
January 14, 2014 12:28 PM
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As the 2014 Sundance Film Festival is about to kick off, Gravitas Ventures is launching Gravitas Theatrical, aimed to intensify the company’s focus on theatrical release campaigns. Set to head this new division as VP is Dustin Smith, formerly at Roadside Attractions for almost a decade as VP of Acquisitions. (The number of films being booked into theaters these days is the subject of some debate.) 

Roadside's Howard Cohen and Eric D'Arbeloff ("All is Lost") are looking for a new acquisitions chief. While at Roadside, Smith oversaw the pick-up and release of Oscar winner “The Cove,” Oscar nominee “Winter’s Bone,” and has worked on such releases as “Stories We Tell” and “Mud.” (I hope @roadsidetweets will turn up under another handle, as he's an hilarious tweeter.) 

Smith, along with founder Nolan Gallagher, president Michael Murphy and Vice President of Acquisitions and Marketing Melanie Miller, will be heading up the Gravitas acquisition team at Sundance this week.

The first film on the Gravitas Theatrical slate is Matthew Saville’s thriller “Felony,”  starring Joel Edgerton, Tom Wilkinson, Jai Courtney and Melissa George, based on a script by Edgerton.  Gravitas plans a late summer North American theatrical release.

Here’s the synopsis of “Felony”:

In FELONY decorated cop Malcolm Toohey (Joel Edgerton) has it all until a tragic mistake, and the resulting cover-up, endangers his job, family and even his freedom. Complicit in the cover-up are senior officer Carl Summer (Tom Wilkinson) and his new partner Jim Melic (Jai Courtney), whose inherent moral code threatens to bring down the entire division.

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