EXCLUSIVE: Freestyle Digital Media, the newly acquired distribution arm of Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, has snatched up North American distribution rights to The Syndrome. The documentary, directed by Meryl Goldsmith who wrote and produced it with Susan Goldsmith, will have a limited theatrical and digital release April 15.
The Syndrome follows a team of journalists, doctors, scientist and legal professionals who work to disprove the scientific validity of shaken-baby syndrome and showcase those wrongfully accused of the “child abuse theory.” The film examines origins of SBS (also referred to as abusive head trauma), and exposes the people who have built careers on, and profited from, what they say is an unsubstantiated theory that has led to convictions of innocent people and ruined the lives of many more.
It’s the third pic signed by Freestyle since Allen’s Entertainment Studios acquired it in October in a reported high-eight-figure deal, joining horror-thriller Friend Request and Divine Access. Allen also confirmed the distributor bid $20 million last month in the battle for Nate Parker’s Sundance smash Birth Of A Nation, which ended up at Fox Searchlight for $17.5M in the largest buy ever at the festival.
Freestyle head of acquisitions Chris Charalambous negotiated the Syndrome deal with executive producer Daniel Goldsmith and Shrihari Sathe on behalf of Reset Films.