EXCLUSIVE: Bleecker Street has partnered with ShivHans Pictures for the release of Brian Banks, the true story about an All-American football player who went to prison for a crime he did not commit. Directed by Tom Shadyac, the pic premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, where it picked up the Audience Award. It will bow in theaters August 9, 2019.
Banks (Hodge) was a high school football star who had committed to USC by his junior year. In 2002, his life upended when he is falsely accused of rape. Fiercely maintaining his innocence and despite any evidence to support the accusation, Brian is nonetheless railroaded through the justice system and sentenced to a decade of prison and probation. Ultimately, with the help of Justin Brooks (Kinnear) and the California Innocence Project, Banks’ conviction is overturned in 2012, his name is cleared, and he is finally free to pursue his NFL dreams.
Doug Atchison penned the screenplay. Amy Baer produced the pic with Shivani Rawat and Monica Levinson of ShivHans Pictures.
ShivHans and Bleecker Street also recently entered into a co-distribution agreement to release the Anthony Maras-directed drama Hotel Mumbai, which will be out March 29.