EXCLUSIVE: Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, writer-director David Midell’s film concerning the real-life 2011 deadly taking pictures of a 68-year-old Black man by police in White Plains, NY. Frankie Faison performs Chamberlain within the pic, which gained the jury and viewers awards on the 2019 Austin Movie Competition the place it debuted. Gravitas will now launch the movie day-and-date in theaters and on-demand on September 17.
The pic tells the story of the ultimate hours of the lifetime of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., an aged African-American veteran with bipolar dysfunction, who was killed throughout a battle with cops who have been despatched to his house to examine on him after his medical alert gadget was mistakenly activated. Regardless of Chamberlain informing the officers there was a mistake and he didn’t have an emergency, they have been recorded taunting him, ridiculing his navy service and howling racial epithets at him. Finally, the officers broke his door down and shot him to loss of life.
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“Our objective all alongside has been to ask essential questions on how our legal justice system treats individuals of shade, individuals in low revenue areas, and other people residing with psychological well being challenges. We’re past excited to work with a accomplice like Gravitas to carry The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain to North America, and put a really vivid highlight on these questions,” Midell stated.
Midell and Enrico Natale of Redbird Leisure are producers. Government producers embrace Morgan Freeman, Lori McCreary, Gary Lucchesi, Sharad Chib, Chris Paladino and Milan Chakraborty. Gravitas Ventures VP Acquisitions Tony Piantedosi negotiated the cope with Voltage Footage’ Jonathan Deckter.
“David’s movie, that includes a career-best efficiency by Frankie Faison, is a riveting dramatization of a real-life tragedy, and an pressing addition to the engagement of cinema with police reform and racial injustice. We stay up for presenting the movie to North American audiences,” Piantedosi stated.