Summer theatrical release planned for doc on military rapes
Cinedigm and New Video have jointly acquired North American distribution rights to docu “The Invisible War,” with plans to release the film theatrically this summer, followed by a digital and homevid rollout.“Invisible War,” from helmer Kirby Dick (“This Film Is Not Yet Rated”), centers on the ramifications of the large number of rapes in the U.S. military. Pic won the U.S. Documentary Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. “We are honored that our first New Video/Cinedigm acquisition is ‘The Invisible War,’” said Chris McGurk, chairman-CEO of Cinedigm. “The film is incredibly powerful and deserves — in fact, demands — to be seen by as many people as possible.” New Video co-prexy Susan Margolin added: “Kirby is a fearless and intrepid filmmaker, and ‘The Invisible War’ is sure to ignite a national firestorm.” Cinedigm and New Video joined forces earlier this year as joint partnership aimed at acquiring and distributing product. Cinedigm handles theatrical efforts; New Video focuses on homevid and digital platforms, including VOD. Deal was negotiated by Orly Ravid of the Film Collaborative and distribution adviser Jonathan Dana on behalf of the filmmakers.