Gravitas Ventures has picked up North American rights to the Sundance Midnight horror documentary The Blackout Experiments, with release plans to be announced later. Directed by Rich Fox, the film follows a group of friends obsessed with “Blackout,” an immersive horror experience designed to play on people’s deepest psychological fears. Using footage that is 100% real, it tracks the increasingly personal experience that hijacks their lives and blurs the line between reality and paranoid fantasy, delving into an underbelly of private rituals and personal nightmares. The Blackout Experiments is produced by Kris Curry. Fox edited the film, and Michael J. Pepin served at the director of photography. The deal was negotiated by Dan Fisher for Gravitas and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.
Matson Films has announced acquisition of the spiritual drama Gurukulam with plans to release the film in New York on June 3, Los Angeles on June 10 with a multi-city rollout to follow. Set at an ashram in a remote forest in Tamil Nadu, India, Gurukulam follows a group of students and their teacher — a French Muslim businessman, an American psychology professor, a Japanese yoga teacher and a young South Indian Brahmin — as they study Advaita Vedānta. Directed by Jillian Elizabeth and Neil Dalal, it’s produced by Elizabeth with cinematography by J.P. Sniadecki.