Abramorama has acquired North American theatrical rights to Luke Lorentzen’s feature-length documentary “A Still Small Voice.”
The pact comes after the film made its world premiere earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, where Lorentzen received the Directing Award: U.S. Documentary. In 2019 Lorentzen’s “Midnight Family” made the Oscar feature doc shortlist.
The 93-minute film, which explores the world of hospital chaplains and the vital emotional and spiritual support they offer patients, families, and staff, will begin its nationwide theatrical rollout at New York City’s DCTV’s Firehouse Cinema on Nov. 10.
The movie has been a hit with audiences and critics at various film festivals across the world including Hot Docs Canadian Documentary Film Festival, DOC10 in Chicago, Hong Kong International Film Festival and the Melbourne International Film Festival.
The sale of the film to a major theatrical distributor is significant given the fact that over the last two years several indie-made docus have not been picked up.
“We are honored to bring “A Still Small Voice” to audiences across North America,” says Karol Martesko-Fenster, Abramorama CEO/co-chairman. “Luke Lorentzen’s storytelling prowess and the film’s intimate verité style truly resonate, offering an exquisite and transformative big screen cinematic experience.”
The doc will open in Los Angeles and San Francisco on Nov. 17 before opening wider across the United States and Canada.
Kellen Quinn, who received an Oscar nomination for “Time” in 2020, produced “A Still Small Voice.” Quinn and Lorentzen co-founded the independent production company Hedgehog Films in 2019.
“A Still Small Voice” is a testament to the power of active listening, to oneself and others, in moments of profound change,” Quinn and Lorentzen said in a joint statement. “And the Abramorama team, with their longstanding commitment to creating bonds between filmmakers and broad audiences, are wonderful partners for a film centered on the meaning of human connection. We’re thrilled to collaborate with them.”
The deal was negotiated by Abramorama’s Martesko-Fenster and in-house counsel Rob Marcus, and Hayden Goldblatt of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz on behalf of the film team.
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