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‘14 Minutes From Earth’ Skydiving Documentary Sells to Van Toffler’s Digital Studio (EXCLUSIVE)

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Gunpowder & Sky Distribution has bought distribution rights to “14 Minutes From Earth,” a documentary about the highest skydive in history, Variety has learned.

The film premiered at last spring’s Tribeca Film Festival. It will be released on demand and across digital platforms on Nov. 15.

Gunpowder & Sky is a digital content studio launched by Van Toffler, the former CEO of Viacom Media Networks Music Group. It is backed by AT&T and Chernin Group, and last month announced it acquired independent content sales and distribution company FilmBuff.

“14 Minutes From Earth” follows Alan Eustace, a former Google executive who used a helium balloon to reach the upper reaches of the stratosphere, before plunging to the ground in a spacesuit and parachute of his own design. As part of the jump, Eustace soared through the air for 14 minutes, before landing safely and establishing a new world record for high-altitude jumps.

“Even though this film is about my journey to space and 35-mile drop back down to earth, it still keeps me on the edge of my seat,” Eustace said in a statement. “There’s so many tense moments and so much beautiful footage from the three years it took to make these 14 minutes a reality. I wouldn’t do it again — not least because my wife won’t let me.”

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The film was directed by Jerry Kolber, Adam Davis, Trey Nelson, and Erich Sturm.