Gravitas Ventures Acquires North American Rights to Julia Camara’s Post-Apocalyptic Thriller “Stronghold”

Julia Camara will soon have a stronghold in North America…

Gravitas Ventures has acquired the North American rights to the post-apocalyptic thriller Stronghold, directed by the Brazilian writer/filmmaker.

Julia CamaraIn addition to the United States and Canada, Gravitas wants to add Latin American territories in addition to Mexico, including the Caribbean and sub territories.

Julia Camara's StrongholdStronghold is a dystopian tale of resilience in which a young survivalist and her mother live completely isolated in the woods. When a distressed stranger appears, their lives are disrupted and their future threatened.

Toplining Camara’s cast are Bianca A. Santos and Jaqueline Fleming as the familial pair in peril, and Oliver Rayón as the stranger who threatens the isolated duo.

The film premiered at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Camara wrote the sci-fi feature Area Q (starring Isaiah Washington), the road movie Open Road (Andy Garcia, Juliette Lewis, Camilla Belle) and the multi-award winning sci-fi found footage feature Occupants (with Robert Picardo).

When not behind the camera, she teaches screenwriting at UCLA Extension Writers Program and at Sundance Collab. Camara was a mentor for the Sundance Labs in 2022.

Gravitas Ventures Acquires Worldwide Rights to Jordana Brewster’s “On Our Way”

Jordana Brewster’s latest project is on its way to a theater near you… 

Gravitas Ventures has acquired the worldwide rights to the drama On Our Way, starring the 42-year-old half-Brazilian Panamanian actress.

Jordana BrewsterThe film is the feature directorial debut of Sophie Lane Curtis and also stars Micheál Richardson, Keith Powers and James Badge Dale.

Vanessa Redgrave, Paul Ben-Victor, Ruby Modine and Franco Nero also star.

Gravitas will release the film in theaters and on-demand on May 19.

On Our Way centers a tormented young filmmaker (Richardson) struggling to accept his latest script, which reveals how he lost the love of his life (Curtis). Shuffling between past, present and fantasy, the film explores art’s ability to heal the wounds that inspire it.

On Our Way premiered internationally at Tallinn Black Nights and Ischia Global Film Festival where it was awarded Best Director (Curtis) and Best Actor (Richardson). Shot between New York and the South of France, this non-linear story aims to ignite the will to keep going when all hope seems lost.

Gravitas Ventures Acquires North American Rights to Melissa Barrera’s Drama “All the World is Sleeping”

Melissa Barrera will be sleeping throughout the U.S.

Gravitas Ventures has picked up the North American rights to the drama All the World is Sleeping, starring the 32-year-old Mexican actress and Scream reboot star.

Melissa BarreraThe film is slated for release in theaters and on demand on March 17.

Written and directed by Ryan LacenAll the World is Sleeping follows Chama (Barrera), who as a young girl in New Mexico, strived to be different from her mother. Now in her twenties, she’s found herself falling into a similar cycle of generational addiction. This struggle then threatens her balance as a mother to her own daughter. As Chama tries to keep it all together, a harrowing accident will spiral her out of control, causing her daughter to be taken from her custody. With nothing left, she’ll have to confront her past in order to fight for a future — one that can either guide her closer to getting her daughter back or lead her deeper into this dangerous cycle.

The film also stars Jackie Cruz, Jorge Garcia, Kristen Gutoskie, Valentina Herrera, Lisandra Tena and Luis Bordonada.

“This film is not only based on the lived experiences of seven women with a history of addiction, it was made by them. Through a unique collaboration with the non-profit Bold Futures, their stories and input shaped this film throughout its development and production,” Lacen told Deadline. “As a director, whose own family has been affected by addiction, my intention was to create a film that felt truthful while unraveling in a unique, visually cerebral way. All the World is Sleeping is grounded in the axiom that while this is a movie, we understand that these moments are happening all around us. Hopefully it gets the audience talking.”

“We are thrilled to be bringing All the World is Sleeping to theaters and homes this upcoming March,” added Gravitas’ Senior Director of Acquisitions, Danielle Gasher. “Melissa Barrera delivers an incredible performance as a young mother battling addiction. We are proud to be the North American partner for such a hard-hitting drama.”

Barrera was introduced as Sam Carpenter — the daughter of Ghostface killer Billy Loomis, who comes to have her own brush with death — in 2022’s Scream relaunch from Paramount, and will reprise the role in the classic horror franchise’s latest entry Scream IV, out on March 10.

Also coming up for her is the Kwame Kwei-Armah film The Collaboration, based on the play of the same name, which has her starring alongside Paul Bettany, Daniel Brühl, Jeremy Pope and more.

Gravitas Ventures Acquires Rights to Brian Moreno’ “Dreamland: A Storming Area 51 Story”

Brian Moreno is storming into alien territory…

Gravitas Ventures has acquired rights to the 35-year-old Colombian director and comedian Dreamland: A Storming Area 51 Story.

Brian MorenoThe film, slated for domestic release later this year, watches as the life-long alien enthusiast and comedian Moreno hires a wild crew to follow him on his extra-terrestrial fact-finding adventure to the viral “Storming Area 51” event.

While nothing turns out as planned, the adventure is certainly one of a kind.

Comedians Andy Kozel, Natasha Pearl Hansen, David Murphy and Griff Pippin also appear in the comedic adventure pic from producers Geoffrey McNeil, Jed Rhein and Brian Schlesinger. Moreno served as EP, with Roberto Ahumada and Anton Fair as co-producers.

Gravitas Ventures’ Manager of Acquisitions Brett Rogalsky negotiated the deal for Dreamland with Moreno and to the 35-year-old Colombian director and comedian on behalf of the filmmakers.

Gravitas Ventures Releases New Trailer for Nisalda Gonzalez’s Drama “God’s Waiting Room”

There’s a new look inside Nisalda Gonzalez’s waiting room

Gravitas Ventures has released a new trailer for Tyler Riggs’ drama God’s Waiting Room, starring the Latina actress.

Nisalda Gonzalez, God's Waiting RoomThe film centers around Rosie (Gonzalez), who is fresh out of high school and tired of a dull existence in central Florida. When she meets Jules (Matthew Leone), a hustler transplant from New York, life beings to spark. At the same time, Brandon (Riggs), a man with a scarred past, struggles to find his place in the world after spending more than a decade in prison. The storylines interweave as the three characters are faced with choices that could lead to violent consequences.

God’s Waiting Room made its world premiere at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival, winning Leone the U.S. Narrative prize for Best Actor.

Gravitas Ventures will release the film across digital and VOD platforms on July 8.

Gravitas Ventures Acquires North American Rights to Adrian Martinez’s Feature Directorial Debut Film “iGilbert”

Adrian Martinez’s latest project will be heading to a theater near you…

Gravitas Ventures has acquired the North American rights to iGilbert, the Latino actor’s feature directorial debut film, in which he also stars.

Adrian MartinezMartinez appears alongside Dascha Polanco (In the HeightsOrange Is the New Black) and Raùl Castillo (Army of the DeadWe the Animals).

The indie distributor will release the drama in theaters and on demand on December 31.

iGilbert centers on Gilbert Gonzalez (Martinez), who feels isolated from the world. He is 39, a virgin, obese and lives with his sarcastic, overprotective mother, who owns the Manhattan brownstone.  Fearful of life and people, yet starving for human connection, Gilbert takes photos of women secretly, wherever and whenever he can. Enter Jana (Polanco), a tenant in the building and the source of innumerable fantasies.

Jana is a contradiction – beautiful but haunted by her own insecurities that inhibit her from standing up to her ex-boyfriend Tony (Castillo), an Iraq war vet with PTSD. Gilbert dreams of rescuing her, but doesn’t believe she could ever love him, especially if she knew about all the secret photos. This love triangle becomes a battle for human connection, which is increasingly difficult in our digital and disconnected world.

Martinez produced the film alongside Cynthia Hargrave, also exec producing alongside Jose Rivera.

Martinez’s previous acting credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm, Stumptown, The Blacklist and Gotham.

Gravitas Ventures Releases Trailer for Narrative Drama “Ayar,” Starring Ariana Ron Pedrique

Ariana Ron Pedrique’s is embracing the nostalgia

Gravitas Ventures has released the trailer for the narrative drama Ayar, starring the Venezuelan actress in her American debut feature.

Ariana Ron Pedrique

In the film, which will hit theaters on November 26, Pedrique portrays a Latina who is struggling professionally and personally during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Floyd Russ-directed and produced project, set in present-day Los Angeles, tells the story of Ayar (Pedrique), a first-generation American Latina who returns home from her showbiz career in Vegas amid shutdowns to reunite with her five-year-old daughter. But when her mother Renata (Vilma Vega) refuses to let her see her due to the raging pandemic, Ayar is haunted by the many roles she’s been forced to play, as an immigrant, a dreamer, a mother, and an actress in this very film.

The story is partially based on Vega’s life experiences as a Peruvian immigrant who came to the United States as a teenager and became pregnant shortly thereafter.

Costars include Henry Foster Brown, Simon Haycock, and Calliah Sophie EstradaErich Joiner, Robina Riccitiello, and Stephen Gelb executive produced.

Ayar had its world premiere earlier this year at SXSW and has also presented at various festivals all over the world including the Sao Paulo International Film Festival, the North Bend Film Festival, and the Nashville International Film Festival.

Gravitas Ventures Acquires North American Rights to “The King’s Daughter,” Starring Kaya Scodelario

Kaya Scodelario is embracing the royal life…

Gravitas Ventures has acquired the North American rights to The King’s Daughter, starring the 29-year-old half-Brazilian English actress.

Kaya Scodelario

The family adventure film also stars Pierce BrosnanWilliam Hurt, Benjamin Walker, Rachel Griffiths, Pablo Schreiber, and Bingbing Fan, which is narrated by Oscar winner Julie Andrews, setting it for a theatrically exclusive release at upwards of 1000 locations across the U.S. and Canada on January 21, 2022.

Sean McNamara’s film, shot at the Palace of Versailles, is based on Vonda N. McIntyre’s 1997 novel The Moon and the Sun. It centers on King Louis XIV (Brosnan), whose quest for immortality leads him to capture a mermaid’s (Fan) life force, seeing his immovable will challenged when his long-hidden illegitimate daughter (Scodelario) forms a bond with the magical creature.

Barry Berman and James Schamus handled the screenplay adaptation. Veteran family film producers McNamara and David Brookwell produced for Brookwell McNamara Entertainment, alongside an international group of producers from Australia to America to France.

“Gravitas is proud to bring the magical world of The King’s Daughter to theaters and homes across North America,” said Gravitas Ventures Founder and CEO Nolan Gallagher. “This is an impressively created film and moving story that families can enjoy together.”

“I’m so excited for the North American audience to see The King’s Daughter in theaters this January,” added McNamara. “There is only one Julie Andrews and she has blessed audiences around the globe with her lovely voice and amazing story telling. Please join her as she narrates our story of the mythical mermaid who lives in the fountains of Versailles.

Added the director-producer: “Romance, adventure, and true love really do exist with Kaya Scodelario (Marie Joseph) and Benjamin Walker (Yves). In fact, after making this movie they fell in love in real life and started a wonderful family. The incomparable Pierce Brosnan as King Louis XIV radiates a vision of immortality that will enchant us all. Get ready to fall in love with the most beautiful mermaid in the world played by the truly talented Fan Bingbing. Enjoy the ride!”

Gravitas Ventures Acquires Distribution Rights to Anabelle Acosta’s “The Subject”

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.

Anabelle Acosta,

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.

Gravitas Ventures Acquires Distribution Rights to Fred Armisen’s Horror Comedy “Too Late”

It’s too late for Fred Armisen

Gravitas Ventures has acquired the U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to Too Late, a horror comedy starring the 54-year-old half-Venezuelan American actor/comedian.

Fred Armisen

The film marks the debut feature from director D.W. Thomas and writer Tom Becker.

In addition to Armisen, the film also stars Alyssa Limperis, Ron Lynch, Will Weldon, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Jenny Zigrino, Jack De Sena and Brooks Wheelan.

Set in the Los Angeles indie comedy scene, the film centers on Violet (Limperis), who works a thankless job as the assistant to Bob Devore (Lynch), famed comedian and host of the live variety show Too Late. But what only Violet knows is that Bob is a monster both literally and figuratively. Resigned to her fate, Violet is caught by surprise when she meets aspiring comedian Jimmy Rhodes (Weldon) and sparks fly. But as her feelings for Jimmy grow and Bob starts to doubt her loyalty, she and Jimmy could end up as Bob’s next meal.

The film will bow day and date in select theaters, and on digital platforms on VOD on June 25.

Too Late is the perfect blend between monster movie and comedy, and one that fans of both genres will be able to enjoy over and over again,” said Brett Rogalsky, Gravitas Ventures’ manager of acquisitions.