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BOND/360 ACQUIRES CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED KARL MARX CITY FOR U.S. AND CANADIAN RELEASE

NEW YORK, January 10, 2017 – BOND/360 announced today it has acquired the exclusive US and Canadian rights to Petra Epperlein’s and Michael Tucker’s KARL MARX CITY, which premiered at TIFF, NYFF and Palm Springs. Having completed their series of Iraq War-era films (starting with Gunner Palace in 2004 and concluding with 2009’s How to Fold a Flag), Tucker and Epperlein (who also produced the film) turn their attention to the former East Germany of Epperlein’s childhood, and specifically to the possibility that her father might have been one of the many thousands of citizens recruited as informers by the Stasi (Ministry for State Security). The strange state of living under constant surveillance is both recalled and embodied in this uniquely powerful and timely film. BOND/360 will premiere the documentary on March 29th at Film Forum followed by Los Angeles on April 21st and a nationwide release through the spring with a digital, educational and DVD release to follow throughout the year.

Elegantly incorporating actual surveillance recordings and Stasi-produced propaganda, KARL MARX CITY offers a glimpse of what it was like to live in a world where privacy was vanquished and suspicion ubiquitous. Helmer Epperlein was born in Karl Marx City (now Chemnitz). She left for the US once the Wall came down, but the rest of her family stayed behind. Her father took his own life in 1999, leaving only a brief and cryptic letter. Over the course of KARL MARX CITY, Epperlein’s journey leads her through the former German Democratic Republic in search of clues as to whether her father was driven to suicide by guilt over having been an informer. Epperlein interviews family and friends and visits a Stasi prison and the sprawling Stasi archives, which contains 111 kilometers of files on over 17 million people.

This chilling synthesis of memoir and history speaks directly to our times, when our most intimate secrets or embarrassing photos can go viral in an instant. Invasions of our privacy have become widespread, with hidden cameras, hacked phones, and leaked emails. Perhaps there are lessons to be learned from the most surveilled society in history, the German Democratic Republic. By its collapse in 1989, the state fielded 92,000 officers and had used perhaps 500,000 informants to report on its citizens over the previous four decades. This eerily fascinating, highly personal film transports the audience back to the GDR during those Cold War years, when the capacity to trust one's neighbors was systematically eroded.

The deal was negotiated by Elizabeth Sheldon, COO of BOND/360 and Linzee Troubh of Cinetic Media. “KARL MARX CITY resurrects the police state of East Germany for a North American audience and immerses the viewer in the logic of living in a police state,” says Elizabeth Sheldon, “bringing to life the intentional discrepancy between the ideals of the state and the reality of sustaining a monolithic police state. The film could not be more timely.” 

 

About BOND/360: BOND/360, a division of BOND Strategy & Influence, is a distribution company from the marketing team behind such breakthrough films as Exit Through the Gift Shop, Senna, The Imposter and Particle Fever. Founded by Marc Schiller, the company draws on its extensive experience to bring award-winning films to diverse audiences across disparate platforms. Recent releases include Deep Web, Advanced Style, An Art that Nature Makes and Notes on Blindness.

For Further Information, Please Contact:

Susan Norget Film Promotion
susan@norget.com

212-431-0090


 

Congratulations to NOTES ON BLINDNESS, winner of "Best Documentary" at the British Independent Film Awards.

Tallying five nominations and taking home the award for "Best Documentary," NOTES ON BLINDNESS emerged last weekend as an indisputable champion at BIFA.  


 

 

The New York Times celebrates the stunning NOTES ON BLINDNESS virtual reality project- a deeply personal piece written by Edward Hoagland.  While Hoagland is legally blind himself, he writes with profound insight and lucidity.  To read the article, click HERE.


 

 

Decorated film critic Stephen Holden of the New York Times calls NOTES ON BLINDNESS "Magnificient."

To read the full review, click HERE.


 
BOND/360 ACQUIRES FESTIVAL FAVORITE ‘STRIKE A POSE’ FOR US AND CANADIAN RELEASE

MADONNA’S BACKUP DANCERS FROM THE CONTROVERSIAL BLOND AMBITION TOUR AND ‘TRUTH OR DARE’ HEADLINE THIS CELEBRATORY AND VITAL DOC

NEW YORK, November 2, 2016 – BOND/360 announced today it has acquired the exclusive US and Canadian rights to STRIKE A POSE, the fabulously candid and at times somber documentary that reunites the sleek and effervescent dancers from Madonna’s iconic Truth or Dare, 25 years after the controversial film and tour swept pop culture. Directed by Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan, the film explores life for the dancers after the tour and legal battles with Madonna, their glamorous and largely inspirational impact upon society, the horrific effects of HIV/AIDS during and since the 90’s, and of course what it meant to participate in one of the most iconic and controversial tours of pop history. BOND/360 will release the documentary in theaters this winter with a broadcast, digital and DVD release to follow.

In 1990, seven young male dancers - 6 gay, 1 straight - joined Madonna on her most controversial tour. On stage and in the iconic film Truth or Dare they showed the world how to express yourself. Now, 25 years later, they reveal the truth about life during and after the tour. STRIKE A POSE is a dramatic tale about overcoming shame and finding the courage to be who you are.

“Seven fierce male dancers became Madonna’s paragons of pride. In Strike a Pose we learn – paradoxically – how their own lives were clouded by secrecy and compromise,” say directors Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan. “Once again, their strength and resilience inspire us. We’re thrilled that we can share what we believe to be a liberating and important story with audiences in the US and Canada.”

“Strike a Pose is a celebratory documentary that memorializes a moment in recent American memory when AIDS was in the headlines daily and the Gay Rights movement was nascent,” says Elizabeth Sheldon, COO of BOND Strategy and Influence. “The documentary captures the personal impact on those who were ambassadors during these early days and the fallout after the tour was over and the spotlight dimmed.”

The deal was negotiated by Elizabeth Sheldon of BOND/360 and Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films. The documentary first premiered at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival, followed by the Tribeca Film Festival and Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival, among others.

BOND/360 will release the documentary in theaters this winter, followed by a broadcast, VOD and home video release.

About BOND/360: BOND/360, a division of BOND Strategy & Influence, is a distribution company from the marketing team behind such breakthrough films as Exit Through the Gift Shop, Senna, The Imposter and Particle Fever. Founded by Marc Schiller, the company draws on its extensive experience to bring award-winning films to diverse audiences across disparate platforms. Recent releases include Deep Web, Advanced Style, An Art that Nature Makes and Notes on Blindness.

For More Information:
Una Morera
BOND/360
Phone: 212-354-1776
una@bondinfluence.com


 

NYFF: BOND/360 ACQUIRES SUNDANCE DOC ‘THE SETTLERS’ FOR US RELEASE  

 AWARD-WINNING FILM TAKES A HARD LOOK AT THE WORLD OF ISRAELI SETTLERS ON THE WEST BANK  

NEW YORK, September 29, 2016 – BOND/360 announced today it has acquired the exclusive US rights to THE SETTLERS, an astonishingly candid documentary chronicling the Israeli settlers living on the West Bank and the Israeli government’s silent complicity toward their presence since the first settlements in the aftermath of the Six-Day War. Written and directed by Shimon Dotan (Hot House), the award-winning film first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will soon screen at the 54th New York Film Festival. BOND/360 will release the documentary in theaters in the Spring of 2017, launching with an opening at NYC’s Film Forum.

Since the decisive victory of Israel during the Six-Day War in 1967, hundreds of thousand Israeli citizens settled down in the occupied territories of the West Bank. Benefiting from an unprecedented access with the pioneers of the movement of colonization and from the current, religious and secular colonists, The Settlers is an in-depth exploration of these communities, which take hostage the sociopolitical future of Israel and Palestine today.

“I am very much looking forward to be working with BOND/360 in releasing this film and in opening up a conversation with American audiences about the crucial issues that the documentary puts forward,” commented director Shimon Dotan. “I have never been involved in a project that so closely touches the most critical matters concerning the existence of the State of Israel.”

“The Settlers allows access to a small but active movement that is reviled by many and that subverts the political discourse, not only in Israel but across international borders. By historicizing the movement and contextualizing their actions, viewers gain insight into the motivations and justification,” says Elizabeth Sheldon, COO of BOND/360. “More controversial is the Israeli government’s tacit support of the settlers with their vision, which the film exposes to reveal the tension between verbal international condemnation and silent domestic complicity.”

BOND/360 acquired the rights from Tel Aviv-based sales company Cinephil. The deal was negotiated by Elizabeth Sheldon of BOND/360 and Philippa Kowarsky of Cinephil. The documentary first premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, followed by Luxembourg City Film Festival, DocAviv Film Festival, Biografilm Festival, and Sheffield Doc/Fest. The film will screen at the New York Film Festival on October 6 and October 7.

Following the theatrical run at NYC’s Film Forum the movie will expand nationally. The educational, digital and home video release is slated for 2017.

THE SETTLERS was produced by Estelle Fialon (LES FILMS DU POISSON), Jonathan Aroch (TALISMA PRODUCTIONS), and Paul Cadieux (FILMOPTION INTERNATIONAL); co-produced by ARTE France, YNDR, BR, HR, and YES DOCO, in association with Radio Canada, AB Thématiques, RTS, NRK, VPRO, SVT, DR with the support of CNC, MEDIA Program of the European Union, Regional Council of Ile-de-France, Procirep Angoa, New Fund for Cinema and TV, Sundance Documentary Film Program, Hartley Film Foundation, Catapult Film Fund, and J.S. Guggenheim MemorialFoundation

About BOND/360: BOND/360, a division of BOND Strategy & Influence Services, is a distribution company from the marketing team behind such breakthrough films as Exit Through the Gift Shop, Senna, The Imposter and Particle Fever. Founded by Marc Schiller, the company draws on its extensive experience to provide filmmakers with innovative distribution models, marketing, public relations, financing, and strategic consultation. Recent films include Deep Web, Advanced Style, An Art that Nature Makes and Notes on Blindness.

For Further Information, Please Contact:
Una Morera
BOND/360
Phone: 212-354-1776
una@bondinfluence.com 

 

BOND/360 ACQUIRES TV SERIES FOLLOWING THE US AMBASSADOR TO DENMARK  

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AMBASSADOR RUFUS GIFFORD AND HIS HUSBAND ARE SUBJECTS OF POPULAR REALITY SHOW ‘I AM THE AMBASSADOR,’ NOW ON NETFLIX AND SET FOR DIGITAL RELEASE IN THE UNITED STATES  

NEW YORK, September 20, 2016 – BOND/360 announced today it has acquired the US and Canadian rights to I AM THE AMBASSADOR. The popular Danish reality TV series follows Rufus Gifford, the American ambassador to Denmark. Known for his charisma and championing of LGBT rights, Gifford has made a name for himself and reached celebrity status in the country of 5.7 million. The ten-part series is now available on Netflix and will be followed by a digital release on iTunes and DVD this Fall.  

Meet the American ambassador to Denmark: Rufus Gifford. Since 2014, this Danish TV series has given viewers an up-close-and-personal look at foreign relations, Gifford-style. With a past in Hollywood as a creative executive and later on as the finance director of President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, Gifford moved to Denmark in 2013 with his partner Stephen DeVincent as the new US Ambassador to Denmark. Getting up close and personal, viewers get a front row seat of the charismatic Ambassador’s life: embassy briefings; bantering with his then boyfriend, now husband; lunching with the Danish defense minister; singing a cappella about commerce with the trade minister to the tune of “New York, New York”; hosting an outdoor screening of True Detective with Nic Pizzolatto; attending gay pride events; and more.

With his untraditional ways and modern approach to diplomacy, Gifford has cemented his celebrity status in the Scandinavian nation and abroad as a champion of LGBT rights and international diplomacy. This honest and inspiring portrait of the Ambassador provides a unique inside perspective never seen before.  

“I AM THE AMBASSADOR represents the best of both reality TV and the power of America to impact cultures by promoting liberal values,” Elizabeth Sheldon commented, “and the series’ message is particularly pertinent this Fall during the election debates. We’re thrilled for BOND to make it’s foray into episodic content with this marvelous series”  

Elizabeth Sheldon, COO of BOND/360 negotiated the deal with Sanne Arlo of DR Sales. I AM THE AMBASSADOR first premiered on DRTV in 2014 where it has played for two seasons. Following the digital release this Fall, BOND will release the series on home video in 2017.  

About BOND/360: BOND/360, a division of BOND Strategy & Influence Services, is a distribution company from the marketing team behind such breakthrough films as Exit Through the Gift Shop, Senna, The Imposter and Particle Fever. Founded by Marc Schiller, the company draws on its extensive experience to provide filmmakers with innovative distribution models, marketing, public relations, financing, and strategic consultation. Recent films include Deep Web, (Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies, Advanced Style and Yarn.

For Further Information, Please Contact:
Una Morera
BOND/360
Phone: 212-354-1776
una@bondinfluence.com


 

BOND/360 ACQUIRES SUNDANCE DOC ‘NOTES ON BLINDNESS’ FOR NATIONAL THEATRICAL RELEASE  

DOCUMENTARY AND COMPANION VIRTUAL REALITY COMPONENT TO OPEN THIS FALL, TAKING VIEWERS ON A JOURNEY INTO A WORLD BEYOND SIGHT  

NEW YORK, September 1, 2016 – BOND/360 announced today it has acquired the exclusive US rights to the award-winning documentary NOTES ON BLINDNESS. Directed by Peter Middleton and James Spinney and following their Emmy Award-winning short film of the same name, the documentary takes viewers on an extraordinary journey into “a world beyond sight” through the lens of theologian John Hull. BOND/360 will release the documentary in theaters this Fall beginning with a two-week engagement at NYC’s Film Forum on November 16 followed by a November 25 Los Angeles opening and a national expansion. BOND will integrate the award-winning virtual reality companion NOTES ON BLINDNESS: INTO DARKNESS into its theatrical and educational release strategy.  

In 1983, after decades of steady deterioration, writer and theologian John Hull became totally blind. To help him make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began documenting his experiences on audiocassette. NOTES ON BLINDNESS takes a creative approach to the documentary form. Actors lip-synch to the voices of the family, embedding John’s original audio recordings within compelling cinematography and textured sound design. The result is a poetic and intimate story of loss, rebirth and transformation, documenting John’s extraordinary journey into “a world beyond sight.”  

Accompanying the film’s release is an award-winning companion VR experience, NOTES ON BLINDNESS: INTO DARKNESS, an immersive project based on John’s sensory and psychological experience of blindness. The six-part project uses new forms of storytelling, gameplay mechanics and virtual reality to explore John’s cognitive and emotional experience of blindness. Each scene addresses a memory, a moment and a specific location from John’s audio diary, using binaural audio and real time 3D animations to create a fully immersive experience.  

“We’re tremendously excited to be partnering with BOND/360 for the US release of NOTES ON BLINDNESS,” said filmmakers Peter Middleton and James Spinney. “As champions of creative non-fiction which presents alternative viewpoints on the world, they're ideal collaborators for bringing John's account of his discovery of 'a world beyond sight' to North American audiences.”  

“NOTES ON BLINDNESS is a sensual journey that plumbs John’s journey into blindness to reveal a richly textured world experienced through John Hull’s diaries,” comments Elizabeth Sheldon, COO of BOND/360. “While there is loss there is also transformation as John’s world shifts from one that privileges sight to an understanding that the other senses can be as rich. This is extended for the audience by the VR experience, which enables users to gain insight into a primarily acoustic experience of the world.”  

The documentary first premiered at Sundance before screening at Rotterdam, Sheffield Doc/Fest (Innovation & Storytelling Award), Karlovy Vary, and San Francisco Film Festival (Special Jury Prize), among other festivals. The virtual reality component has also screened at Sundance, Tribeca (Storyscapes Award), Kaleidoscope (Best Experimental Experience), and Sheffield Doc/Fest (Alternate Realities VR Award) among others. Following the theatrical run at NYC’s Film Forum the movie and accompanying VR experience will expand for a national release. The broadcast, digital and home video release is slated for 2017.  

BOND/360 acquired the rights from Tel Aviv-based sales company Cinephil. The deal was negotiated by Elizabeth Sheldon of BOND/360 and Philippa Kowarsky of Cinephil. The film is an Archer’s Mark production, in association with Fee Fie Foe Films and 104 Films, and in co-production with Agat Films & Cie and ARTE France. It has been supported by Creative England, British Film Institute, Impact Partners, ARTE France, Swedish Film Institute, BBC Storyville, Cinereach, BRITDOC, New York Times and PROCIREP-ANGOA.  

The VR experience was produced by Ex Nihilo, ARTE France and AudioGaming, in co-production with Archer’s Mark. It has been supported by the TFI New Media Fund and Ford Foundation – JustFilms, Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC) and Région Midi-Pyrénées.    

About BOND/360: BOND/360, a division of BOND Strategy & Influence Services, is a distribution company from the marketing team behind such breakthrough films as Exit Through the Gift Shop, Senna, The Imposter and Particle Fever. Founded by Marc Schiller, the company draws on its extensive experience to provide filmmakers with innovative distribution models, marketing, public relations, financing, and strategic consultation in order to successfully release films and merchandise directly to audiences. Recent films include Deep Web, (Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies, Advanced Style, An Art That Natures Makes and Yarn.  

For Further Information, Please Contact:
Una Morera
BOND/360
Phone: 212-354-1776
una@bondinfluence.com


 

A.O. Scott raves in the New York Times that Molly Bernstein’s portrait of photographer Rosamond Purcell is “illuminating” and that Rosamond Purcell is “…our greatest living seventeenth century photographer.”

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DOCUMENTARY CHARTS THE CAREER OF CELEBRATED PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE NATURAL WORLD AND CURIOUS OBJECTS, ROSAMOND PURCELL  

NEW YORK, June 7, 2016 – BOND/360 announced today it has acquired the exclusive worldwide rights to AN ART THAT NATURE MAKES, an artful documentary charting the career of celebrated photographer of natural and found objects, Rosamond Purcell. Imbuing found objects with her artistry, Purcell’s photos show an oft hidden beauty, now captured in the acclaimed documentary by filmmaker Molly Bernstein (Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay). BOND/360 will release the documentary in theaters commencing August and September 2016, beginning with a week-long opening at NYC’s Film Forum on August 10 followed by the Laemmle Monica Film Center on September 2, which will include an exhibit of select photographs from Purcell’s oeuvre.

Finding unexpected beauty in the overlooked, discarded and decayed, Boston-based photographer Rosamond Purcell has developed a body of work that has garnered international acclaim, fruitful collaborations with writers such as Stephen Jay Gould and admirers like Errol Morris. AN ART THAT NATURE MAKES details Purcell’s fascination with the natural world – from a mastodon tooth to a hydrocephalic skull – offering insight into her unique way of recontextualizing objects both ordinary and strange into sometimes disturbing but always breathtaking visual studies.  

Accompanying the film’s release is a full photo exhibit featuring Purcell’s work. Long admired by documentary filmmaker Errol Morris who has celebrated her ability to reveal “the hidden history of the world,” the collection of photos toasts to decades of Purcell’s work. From her collaboration with scientist Stephen Jay Gould, to her work with National Geographic, her stunning imagery of natural (bones, feathers, leaves, fossils) and found (distressed books, industrial scrap, cast-off objects of all stripes) objects depict the beauty of our decaying world.  

"I am thrilled that BOND/360 is distributing An Art That Nature Makes,” says director Molly Bernstein. "With their passion for collaborating on films about artists and emphasis on innovative cross-format strategies, they are the perfect fit to bring our story and Rosamond’s work to audiences everywhere.”  

“An Art That Nature Makes brings to life Rosamond’s neo-baroque still lifes. Molly’s film captures the nuances and details of her work by revealing the artist’s gaze and sharing on screen what she sees,” says BOND’s COO Elizabeth Sheldon. “We are honored to work with Molly and Rosamond to bring not only the film, but Rosamond’s physical works to an international audience."  

Elizabeth Sheldon, COO of BOND/360 negotiated the deal with Executive Producer Philip Dolin and Producer Alan Edelstein of Particle Productions. The documentary first premiered at DOC NYC. Following the theatrical run at NYC’s Film Forum the movie and accompanying exhibit will expand internationally with a targeted outreach to museums to feature both the film and her work. The broadcast, digital and home video release is slated for 2017.    

 

About BOND/360: BOND/360, a division of BOND Strategy & Influence Services, is a distribution company from the marketing team behind such breakthrough films as Exit Through the Gift Shop, Senna, The Imposter and Particle Fever. Founded by Marc Schiller, the company draws on its extensive experience to provide filmmakers with innovative distribution models, marketing, public relations, financing, and strategic consultation in order to successfully release films and merchandise directly to audiences. Recent films include Deep Web, (Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies, Advanced Style and Yarn.  

 

For Further Information, Please Contact: Ben Dorf,
BOND/360 Phone: 212-354-1776 BenD@bondinfluence.com