Freestyle Releasing has set a March 1 release for the documentary “Genius on Hold.”
Narrated by Frank Langella, “Genius” was written and directed by Gregory Marquette, produced by Walter T. Shaw and co-produced by Diana Ross-Shaw. It debuted as an official selection at the Palm Beach and Soho film festivals.
Story centers on Walter L. Shaw, a prolific inventor in the telecommunications field who turned to the mob, whose bookies used his “black box” to run their gambling operations; he wound up destitute before passing away in 1996. His son, embittered by his father’s destruction, turned to organized crime in the 1970s and 1980s before attempting to set the record straight about his father.
” ‘Genius on Hold’ is a labor of love for my father,” said Walter T. Shaw. “My dream is through this documentary that people will finally understand how my father’s inventions are a part of their daily lives.”
Shaw is also the founder of the Save America’s Cinemas campaign to support the digital transformation of local, independent movie theaters.