Docu on Freedom Concert acquired by Shooting Gallery arm
NEW YORK — TSG Pictures, the distribution arm of Larry Meistrich’s Gotham indie production company the Shooting Gallery, has acquired worldwide rights to “Free Tibet,” a feature-length documentary about the June 1996 San Francisco Tibetan Freedom Concert.
TSG has pledged to donate the profits generated from the film’s theatrical release to the Milarepa Fund, the nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting nonviolence that was founded by Erin Potts and the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch.
Directed by Sarah Pirozek and exec produced by Jay Faires and Yauch, “Free Tibet” includes live performances by the Beastie Boys, Beck, Bjork, Foo Fighters, Fugees, Richie Havens, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sonic Youth, the Smashing Pumpkins and others.
Pic also features interviews with concertgoers, Buddhist monks and nuns and the Dalai Lama, the exiled religious and political leader of Tibet.
TSG Pictures president Eamonn Bowles has decided to release the film in a roadshow manner beginning Aug. 19 in Detroit, rather than rely on a traditional release pattern.
After Detroit, the film will travel to another 18 cities, where it will screen at 7:30 p.m. in local theaters.
On Sept. 9, “Free Tibet” will have its Los Angeles premiere. It will open for weeklong engagements in both L.A. and New York on Sept. 11.
“We are excited that the film and the spirit in which it was made will reach a wide audience at a pivotal time for Tibet,” said Milarepa Fund exec director Potts. “The people at The Shooting Gallery clearly understand the timeliness of the release, and the care and creativity required to distribute ‘Free Tibet.’ ”
On Aug. 21, “Free Tibet” will screen at the Edinburgh Film Festival, where TSG International prexy Steve Bickel will be selling foreign rights to the film.
“Free Tibet” is TSG Pictures’ second acquisition, following its purchase of Paddy Breathnach’s Irish comedy “I Went Down,” which it released in June.