Gravitas Scoops Up Rights to ‘The Holly,’ About Terrance Roberts

Gravitas Ventures has secured North American rights to Julian Rubinstein’s “The Holly,” a documentary in regards to the high-profile capturing case of anti-gang activist Terrance Roberts. The movie, which debuted at Telluride’s Mountainfilm Competition in Might, is govt produced by Adam McKay and Todd Schulman’s Hyperobject Industries. Gravitas will launch the docu in three theaters and on-demand on Feb. 3.

Filmed over an eight-year interval in Denver’s historic Holly neighborhood, the docu facilities round activist, former gang member, and present Denver mayoral candidate Terrance Roberts. When the doc begins, Roberts — whose anti-gang efforts acquired federal funding — is going through life in jail for capturing somebody at his personal peace rally. The capturing occurred within the Holly neighborhood, which was as soon as the middle of Denver’s Civil Rights motion. The neighborhood ultimately grew to become the house of Denver’s first Bloods road gang and a goal of undercover police operations. Within the doc, Roberts’s capturing case affords a window into the political machinations of city growth and the town’s gang exercise.

“Gravitas is proud to be bringing ‘The Holly’ to theaters and into properties this upcoming February,” says Invoice Guentzler, Gravitas Ventures’ senior director of acquisitions. “Although the movie is ready in Denver, we consider the story will resonate nationwide and we all know it can additional dialogue with the intention to enact social change.”

Along with garnering viewers selection awards on the Mountainfilm Competition and the Denver Movie Competition earlier this 12 months, “The Holly” additionally received the jury award for finest documentary on the Santa Fe Intl. Movie Fest in October.

Rubinstein made the docu whereas engaged on his 2021 guide, “The Holly: 5 Bullets, One Gun and the Wrestle to Save an American Neighborhood.”

“I started filming as a result of, as I used to be reporting the guide, I ended up feeling like I used to be standing in the midst of against the law in progress,” says Rubinstein, who grew up in Denver and moved again to the town to doc Robert’s story. “This can be a movie about how energy capabilities in America and the way the beneficiaries of gentrification additionally profit from road violence.”

Govt producer Damon Davis (“Whose Streets”) says the doc “highlights the dangers of being a neighborhood activist and the backlash you possibly can obtain from a number of sides.”

McKay and Schulman joined the mission in April, shortly earlier than the doc debuted. Most lately, Hyperobject Industries exec produced the Hulu docu “God Forbid: The Intercourse Scandal That Introduced Down a Dynasty,” about Jerry Falwell Jr.

Rubinstein produced “The Holly” together with Dia Sokol Savage, Donnie L. Betts and Sarah Dowland. McKay, Schulman, and Davis govt produced the doc alongside Lana Garland cinematographer Tony Hardmon.

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