Cinedigm Acquires All North American Rights to "Full of Grace," Feature Film Detailing Mary of Nazareth's Later Life as She Helps Fortify a Fractious Church
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) has acquired all North American distribution
rights to the feature film Full of Grace, which examines the
final days of Mary of Nazareth, the mother of Jesus. The film will have
an early 2016 release date, which will be preceded by an extensive
church screening program. In addition to the film's release across all
traditional, ancillary platforms, Full of Grace will also find a
home on Cinedigm's newly launched Dove Channel, a digital streaming
service offering curated faith-based content vetted by The Dove
Full of Grace is an artfully made biblical epic in the spirit of The
Passion of the Christ which tells the story of the New Testament
from the perspective of Mary, mother of Jesus Christ. There is only one
person in the Gospel that had the experience of living 30 years with
Jesus, from birth through the Resurrection: his mother Mary. After a
full life shared with her Son, fleeing into Egypt, losing him in the
Temple, seeing him placed upon the cross, Mary is living her final days
on earth pondering her life with Jesus. Set 10 years after the
Resurrection, Mary eagerly awaits the return of the Apostle Peter.
Arriving at Mary's home after years of traveling, preaching and narrowly
escaping death, Peter expresses the overwhelming responsibility of
spreading the story of Jesus amidst heresies and conflict. Providing the
encouragement only a mother can, Mary helps Peter re-discover the truth:
he is not leading, he is following and walking in the light of God.
Written and directed by Andrew Hyatt and starring Noam Jenkins, Bahia
Haifi and Kelsey Chow, Full of Grace is an Outside da Box
production. It has garnered comprehensive support from the Catholic
community. The filmmakers had a private audience with Pope Emeritus
Benedict XVI to discuss the company's mission and the need for more
captivating human stories from the Christian point of view.
The film was produced by T.J. Berden, Eric Groth, Justin Bell and Jon
"We wanted to up the artistic game of Christian films and make something
that speaks to a modern audience by exploring the deeper humanity of
Mary and the disciples," said Hyatt.
"This is a beautiful story of love and devotion and we're thrilled to
bring it to audiences," says Yolanda Macias, EVP Acquisitions/Cinedigm.
The deal was negotiated by Cinedigm's Kristin Harris directly with
Berden. Producers were represented by Sam Curphey, Esq.
About Outside da Box:
Outside da Box has successfully produced digital content for the young
Church for over a decade, and with Full of Grace, they expand into
making responsibly budgeted, artfully and spiritually rich films for the
entire Church. Their next film will be a unique and powerful look at the
life of Saint Paul.
Cinedigm is a leading independent content distributor in the United
States, with direct relationships with thousands of physical retail
storefronts and digital platforms, including Wal-Mart, Target, iTunes,
Netflix, and Amazon, as well as the national Video on Demand platform on
cable television. The company's library of films and TV episodes
encompasses award-winning documentaries from Docurama Films®, next-gen
Indies from Flatiron Film Company®, acclaimed independent films and
festival picks through partnerships with the Sundance Institute and
Tribeca Films and a wide range of content from brand name suppliers,
including National Geographic, Discovery, Scholastic, NFL, Shout
Factory, Hallmark, Jim Henson and more.
Additionally, given Cinedigm's infrastructure, technology, content and
distribution expertise, the Company has rapidly become a leader in the
quickly evolving over-the-top digital network business. Cinedigm's first
channel, DOCURAMA, launched in May 2014, and is currently available on
iOS, Roku, Xbox and Samsung, with additional platforms currently being
rolled out. Cinedigm launched CONtv, a Comic Con branded channel in
partnership with WIZARD WORLD, on March 3, 2015. The Company's third OTT
channel, DOVE CHANNEL, launched on September 15, 2015 and is a digital
streaming subscription service targeted to families and kids seeking
high quality and family friendly content approved by Dove Foundation.
Cinedigm™ and Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp™ are trademarks of Cinedigm
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