EXCLUSIVE: Director Jameson Brooks’ feature film debut Bomb City has landed at Gravitas Ventures. The distribution company announced today that it acquired the North American rights to the punk rock crime drama.
“Watching Bomb City, you’ll find yourself on a roller coaster of emotions, ultimately questioning the very morality of America’s justice system,” said Gravitas Ventures’ Manager of Acquisitions, Zach Hamby. “Jameson Brooks’ feature film debut is as powerful as they get.”
Based on a true story, Bomb City is set in 1997 Amarillo, Texas and follows Brian Deneke (Dave Davis), a green mohawked diehard of punk music. He throws punk shows with his friends at a rundown venue known as Bomb City. And Brian, along with many of his fellow punks, refuses to conform to the conservative culture that surrounds them. Their radical appearances stir social intolerance within the community, particularly with Cody Cates (Luke Shelton), a high school jock who assimilates to a pack known as “white-hatters.” After losing a football game, Cody and a few other white-hatters have an altercation with several of the punks. This conflict ignites a series of hostile encounters between the two groups, climaxing one evening with a horrific, violent street fight. The night would soon become notorious for being one of the most controversial hate crimes in modern American culture.
Brooks directed and co-wrote the film with Sheldon R. Chick, who also produced. Major Dodge produced and executive produced. Steve Silver, Libby Hunt, Chad Cunningham, Norman Preskitt, Mark Rosenberg, Matt Chiasson, and Henry Melton serve as executive producers. The film is set to open in select theaters and everywhere on demand February 9.
The deal for Bomb City was negotiated by Zach Hamby on behalf of Gravitas and by Michael Weiss of Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson, LLP, on behalf of the filmmakers.