Anabelle Acosta’s latest project is heading to American theaters…
Gravitas Ventures has acquired rights to Lanie Zipoy’s film The Subject, starring the 34-year-old Cuban American actress.
Gravitas plans to release the film, which also stars Jason Biggs and Aunjanue Ellis, in select theaters across the U.S., as well as on TVOD and digital platforms across North America, on October 22.
Zipoy’s feature directorial debut follows Phil Waterhouse (Biggs), a successful white documentary filmmaker dealing with the fallout from his previous film, which caught the murder of a Black teen on tape.
Its ensemble also includes Carra Patterson, Nile Bullock and Caleb Eberhardt.
Chisa Hutchinson wrote the script.
Zipoy produced the film with Megan Kingery, Gahlia Eden and Jess Weiss.
“This is a film about all the nuanced little ways in which notions of supremacy distance white people from other humans,” said Hutchinson. “It’s a long ramp with a barely perceptible incline that ultimately leads to someone standing by and watching while a black person is killed. Or maybe even doing the killing.”
“When speaking about The Subject, it is often assumed to be an actual documentary because the film hews close to life as we know it,” said Zipoy. “It is achingly real, and more heartbreaking by the day. I am grateful to Chisa for her bold script and the actors for their amazing commitment to tell a delicate, yet hard-hitting story.”
“The Subject is a topical and relevant film about the pitfalls of many of today’s documentaries,” added Brett Rogalsky, Gravitas Ventures Manager of Acquisitions. “It is as timely as it is entertaining, and Gravitas is thrilled to be bringing it to audiences this fall.”
The Subject has won more than 30 awards at film festivals around the world.