Documentary Featuring Ava DuVernay, Lena Dunham, Jill Soloway, and Rosanna Arquette in Theaters June 2018
Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, has acquired all US rights to the timely documentary Half the Picture. Tackling the issue of gender equality when it comes to the hiring of film and television directors in Hollywood, the film was directed by Amy Adrion (Shoegazer). It features interviews with Academy Award nominee and Emmy winner Ava DuVernay (A Wrinkle in Time), Golden Globe winner Lena Dunham (Girls), Emmy Award winner Jill Soloway (Transparent) and Golden Globe nominee Rosanna Arquette (Pulp Fiction), among many other prominent women directors. Half the Picture will be in theaters in June 2018 and will be available on VOD and Digital HD on July 10, 2018.
“Only three percent of this year’s film releases by the six major Hollywood studios are directed by women – the lowest percentage in five years,” said Laura Florence, Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Gravitas Ventures. “Worse yet, three of those major studios have only men directing all of their 2018 releases. This issue is such a relevant and timely topic. Gravitas Ventures is excited to release Half the Picture to continue the conversation and to hopefully enact change in our industry.”
Half the Picture is a documentary about the dismal number of women directors working in Hollywood, using the current US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) investigation into discriminatory hiring practices as a framework to talk to successful women directors about their career paths, struggles, inspiration and hopes for the future.
Half the Picture held its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in the Documentary Premieres section and is an Official Selection at the upcoming 2018 SXSW Film Festival in the “Festival Favorites” category.
Half the Picture was produced by Adrion as well as David Harris (Myrna the Monster).
Josh Spector from Gravitas Ventures negotiated the deal with Ben Braun of Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers.