Cinema Libre Studio Acquires North American Rights to Esai Morales’ Indie Drama “Imprisoned”

Esai Moralesis facing (im)prison(ed)time this September…

Cinema Libre Studio has acquired the North American distribution rights to Imprisoned, the indie drama starring 56-year-old Puerto Rican actor.

Esai Morales

Morales stars alongside Laurence FishburneJuana AcostaJuan Pablo Raba and Edward James Olmosin the Paul Kampf-directed film.

Imprisoned was filmed entirely in Puerto Rico in 2017, and was among the last productions to shoot before Hurricane Mariahit and devastated the island. 

Cinema Libre will now return the film there for its world premiere on September 10, followed by a 15-theater rollout on the island September 12. 

The film will be released in select cities in the U.S. beginning September 13.

“It was important for us to hold theImprisonedpremiere in Puerto Rico, as the film has a powerful Latin cast including Juan Pablo Raba, Juana Acosta, Jon Huertas, Esai Morales and Edward James Olmos,” Kampf said. “Imprisoned was the last project filmed on the island before hurricane Maria hit in 2017 and we are proud to support and celebrate the revival of this special location.”

In the thriller, Raba plays Dylan Burke, who attempts to move on from his former life as a criminal with his true love Maria (Acosta). He soon realizes his past will continue to haunt him when he learns the new local prison warden, Daniel Calvin (Fishburne), has not forgiven him for a previously committed crime. Calvin frames him for a murder he didn’t commit, landing him back in jail. When the prison erupts into a riot, they are forced to make a choice between righteousness and revenge.

Equitas Entertainment Partnersproduced the film, and as part of their social impact aims included more than 30 formerly incarcerated and a dozen currently incarcerated men as part of the production. Eight of the current inmates will receive a pass to leave the jail and attend the premiere.

Equitas and Caribbean Cinemasare handling the Puerto Rico rollout.

Cinema Libre to Release Huerta’s “Days of Grace” in the U.S.

Tenoch Huerta’s work is heading north of the border…

Cinema Libre Studio has picked up Days of Grace, starring the Mexican actor, who is considered one of his country’s fast-rising stars.

Tenoch Huerta in Dias de Gracia

The feature debut of Mexican director Everardo Gout, who also wrote the script, is a tale of police and government corruption in Mexico City. The ambitious multi-threaded movie unfolds over a dozen years amid multiple kidnappings during successive World Cup tournaments. It centers on a cop, a hostage and a wife who fight to survive during the futbol events.

Days of Grace will go out day-and-date May 1 in U.S. theatres and on HBO, and via DVD/Blu-ray and On Demand starting May 5.

Dias de Gracia

The film took eight Ariel Awards including best first film, best actor and supporting actress following its April 2012 debut in its home country.

In addition to Huerta, the film also stars Dolores Heredia, Kristyan Ferrer, Carlos Bardem and Eileen Yañez.

Rougier’s Full-Length Feature “Sal” Wins First Time Fest Award

The first time’s the charm for Diego Rougier

The 42-year-old Argentine director’s first feature length film Sal has won the grand prize at New York’s inaugural First Time Fest (FTF).

Diego Rougier

The film festival, hosted by the historic Players Club, honors debut films from prominent newcomers throughout the world. This year’s festival attendees and participants included Martin Scorsese, Sofia Coppola, Darren Aronofsky and Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

As the grand prize winner, Sal – the first western in Chilean motion picture history – will be offered theatrical distribution, as well as international sales representation through distributor Cinema Libre Studio.

Sal centers on a film director obsessed with making a western who decides to go to Northern Chile in search of a story for his screenplay. Being confused with another, a real adventure begins. It stars Fele MartínezPatricio Contreras and Sergio Hernández.


In addition, the modern-day western earned the film’s cinematographer, David Bravo, the award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography. The judges awarded the Bravo the prize for his “beautiful cinematography with rich details, surprising touches, and a sense of humor.”

Here’s the complete list of First Time Fest award winners:

Grand Prize Winner: SAL
Written And Directed By Diego Rougier (Chile/Argentina)

FTF Award for Outstanding Achievement in Directing: Amelie Van Elmbt (Headfirst / La Tete La Premiere)

FTF Award for Outstanding Achievement in Writing: (TIE) Max Weissberg (Summertime)

FTF Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting: Neal Bledsoe (Junction)

FTF Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting: Alice De Lencquesaing (Headfirst / La Tete La Premiere)

FTF Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography: David Bravo (Sal)

FTF Award for Outstanding Achievement in Editing: Jonah Marin, John Young (Zipper)

FTF Award for Outstanding Achievement in Scoring: Martin Bossa and Tomas Carnelli (I Love You All / Los Quiero A Todos)

John Huston Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinema: Darren Aronofsky