Documentary Championing the Urban Gardening Movement Opens in Theaters through Theatrical On Demand® December 1
Nov. 18, 2015 – Los Angeles – Can You Dig This opens in theaters on December 1, 2015, through Gathr Films Theatrical On Demand®. Gathr Films acquired theatrical rights to the film out of the 2015 LA Film Festival, where the film won the Jury award for its section. Can You Dig This is directed by Delila Vallot and executive produced by John Legend, who also wrote an original song for the film entitled “Skyway”. David Sitek, from the band TV On The Radio, composed the original score.
Can You Dig This explores the urban gardening revolution currently taking place in South Central Los Angeles, one of the largest food deserts in the country. The film follows five ‘gangster gardeners,’ all planting the seeds for a better life. Ron Finley, the main subject in the film, has become a well-known advocate for urban gardening around the country based on his popular TED Talk (HERE).
“Delila has created a tremendously engaging and entertaining look into the transformative power of community agriculture in Los Angeles,” said Jake Craven, Gathr Head of Acquisitions. “We were immediately drawn to Can You Dig This and its potential to be a spark plug for galvanizing individuals to come together to support local Urban Farms and Community Gardens in cities across the country. Gathr exists to engage passionate communities to come together around a Can You Dig This screening in theaters and become engaged with the film’s message in a way that otherwise might not have been possible.”
“We are so excited to be partnering with Gathr and could not think of a better partner to bring our film into theaters,” said director Delila Vallot. “Can You Dig This is all about self empowerment and Gathr’s platform empowers everyone across the country to help plant the seeds of change in their community. It’s old school grassroots for a new age.”
The film is produced by Rafael Marmor and Christopher Leggett of Delirio Films and Delila Vallot. Grammy®, Academy® and Golden Globe® Award winner, John Legend, is executive producer along with Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius from his Get Lifted Film Co.
Audiences can request screenings or purchase tickets to existing screenings here: http://canyoudigthisfilm.com/
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ABOUT DELIRIO FILMS Delirio Films is an artist-centered film & commercial production company that develops, finances, and produces feature films, documentaries and docu-series. Over the past 6 years its films have premiered at Sundance, Toronto, SXSW, and Tribeca and have seen both critical and commercial success. The company’s first feature documentary BLUE BLOOD (BBC Storyville/Warner UK) was dubbed by Variety as “one of the best sports films in recent memory”. NO PLACE ON EARTH premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival before a nationwide theatrical release with Magnolia Pictures and eventual TV broadcast on the History Channel. THE SHORT GAME, executive produced by Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, won the audience award at SXSW and went on to become Netflix’s first original film. Delirio premiered its first docu-series this past spring on the Esquire network and has its 2nd show now in development at TLC. Currently they have 2 films in post-production slated for festival release in early 2016.
Gathr Films Gathr Films is a technology-based specialty theatrical distributor focusing on documentaries and issues-oriented films. Gathr pioneered Theatrical On Demand® in 2011. TOD screenings harness organic demand – screenings occur when when a minimum number of people reserve tickets in advance for a screening request. The company implements a double bottom line strategy. Gathr uses political-style grassroots coalition-building to target decentralized communities to galvanize their supporters and communities around social impact and political action. Gathr also works with some of the largest and most prestigious brands and organizations to build national coalitions with our films including Unicef, UN Foundation, Just Label It, Faces and Voices of Recovery, and National Association of Social Workers. Films distributed through TOD include Girl Rising (4th highest grossing documentary of 2013), Awake: The Life of Yogananda ($1.4 million in revenue), Beyond the Mask (700+ screenings), The Square (2014 Oscar® nominee), The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2015 Oscar® nominee) and The Anonymous People (200+ screenings). Current films include Consumed, Frame by Frame, Finding Jen’s Voice, Life in A Walk, Milk, and The Prophet. Gathr Films is located in Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington DC. www.gathr.us
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