Kino Lorber has acquired US rights to Kumaré, the Vikram Gandhi-directed documentary which won 2011 South by Southwest’s Audience Award. Disposable Television’s Brendan Colthurst and Bryan Carmel produced and Stephen Feder was exec producer.
Kumaré is a wise guru from the East who indoctrinated a group of followers in the West. Kumaré, is an alter ego for the film’s director, who impersonated a spiritual leader for the sake of a social experiment designed to challenge one of the most widely accepted taboos: that only a tiny “1%” can connect the rest of the world to a higher power. Concealing his true identity from everyone he meets, Kumaré forges profound and spiritual connections with people from all walks of life. At the height of his popularity, Kumaré unveils his true identity to a core group of disciples who are knee-deep in personal transformation. Will they accept his final teaching or feel betrayed by a fraud?
This deal was negotiated between Kino Lorber CEO & President Richard Lorber, Cinetic’s Dana O’Keefe and Vikram Gandhi. Kino Lorber is planning to open Kumaré nationwide in May or June of 2012, before making the film available on major VOD platforms during the summer and early fall. Bond Strategy and Influence, Marc Schiller’s social media and digital marketing company will partner with Kino Lorber on the theatrical release. Schiller worked on Exit Through the Gift Shop, Senna and The Way.