EXCLUSIVE: Following its premiere at Tribeca, the Animal Media Group documentary Crocodile Gennadiy has been acquired by The Orchard, which picked up North American rights to the Steve Hoover-directed film. Pic is about Gennadiy Mokhnenko, a controversial pastor who made a name for himself by forcibly removing homeless drug-addicted kids from the streets of Mariupol, Ukraine and housing them in his own self-styled rehab facility. Pic is produced by Danny Yourd, and Terrence Malick and Nicholas Gonda are exec producers alongside Animal Media Group executives Jim Kreitzburg, Kathy Dziubek and Michael Killen. Hoover’s directing debut Blood Brother won both the Audience and Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at Sundance 2013.

“I could not be more excited to be teaming up with The Orchard. Their passion and vision for this film felt like the perfect strategy to bring it to audiences,” says Hoover. “It’s been an amazing ride so far with such a great and supportive team on board; I’m thrilled to be moving forward.”

“Told through the eyes of a complex savior fighting for children who have been left behind, Crocodile Gennadiy is a beautifully cinematic film that is a testament to the good in all of us,” said Paul Davidson, The Orchard’s SVP of Film and TV. Danielle DiGiacomo negotiated for The Orchard with Preferred Content’s Abby Davis repping the filmmakers. Roco Films is selling foreign.