Some sports nuts have the World Cup – others have the Quidditch World Cup, in which top collegiate athletes compete in a version of the high-flying sport Harry Potter plays in J.K. Rowling‘s fantasy wizarding world. The bludgers, quaffles, and golden snitches come to life in documentary Mudbloods, which tracks the resilient underdogs of the UCLA Quidditch team as they battle their way to the Fifth Annual Quidditch World Cup in New York City. Film is directed by UCLA alumnus Farzad Sangari, who picked up on the emerging club sport after glimpsing “Muggle quidditch” in action on campus. Bond/360, the distro arm launched by Bond Strategy and Influence last year, will release Mudbloods theatrically and on VOD in October. Previous Bond/360 releases include Particle Fever, Sign Painters, and Dessert Runners.
“Mudbloods gives audiences a glimpse into a growing collegiate sport that was inspired by the preeminent cultural touchstone of our generation…Harry Potter,” said Amanda Lebow, Director of Film Strategy for BOND/360. “Farzad Sangari is a talented up-and-coming filmmaker with a remarkable humanistic touch. We couldn’t be more pleased for BOND/360 to be sharing this film with the world.” Mudbloods will first premiere at AFI DOCS on June 21 before it opens digitally and in limited release this fall.