As the debate over law enforcement tactics continues to build, Sundance Selects has acquired the North American rights to Killing Them Safely, director Nick Berardini’s documentary about Taser-related deaths. The film takes a close look at Taser International, the company which manufactures the eponymous electrical weapons marketed as a non-lethal alternative to guns. Weaving together testing footage and footage from real world use of the weapon, Killing Them Safely examines the lack of oversight and regulation, and the fatalities that have occurred as Taser use by law enforcement has proliferated dramatically. Sundance Selects will release the film on November 27.
Killing Them Safely was produced by Berardini, Brock Williams, Jamie Goncalves, Glen Zipper and Ralph Zipper, and executive produced by Ross Dinerstein, Paolo Coppola, Neeraj Kohli, Nat Havkin and Dan Balda. The production companies are Boxcar Films and Zipper Brothers Films. It made its world premiere in the World Competition section of the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.
Submarine Entertainment negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers. The film’s original title was Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle.