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Cannes: Roger Guenveur Smith’s Crime Thriller ‘Dirty’ Sells to Gravitas

Gravitas Ventures bought all U.S. rights to crime thriller “Dirty,” starring Roger Guenveur Smith and Paul Elia, from B.A.D. Film Productions, Variety has learned exclusively.

Daniel Ringey directed the film, which marks his feature debut, from a screenplay by Benjamin J. Alexander. Chaz Bono and Adrian Gaeta also star.

Dirty” was produced by Benjamin J. Alexander, Paul Elia, Alex Ferrari and Daniel Ringey. Gravitas will release “Dirty” on July 12 on all major digital and television VOD platforms.

Smith and Elia portray two crooked police officers who find themselves relieved of more than $2 million dollars in stolen drugs and money, forcing them into a bizarre investigation to recover their ill-gotten goods and cover their tracks.

Smith starred in Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation.” His credits include “Do the Right Thing,” “American Gangster,” “Summer of Sam” and “Eve’s Bayou.”

The deal was negotiated at the Cannes Film Festival by Devin Carter of Koan Incorporated.

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