Thora Birch Joins ‘Public Affairs’, Gravitas Acquires ‘The Anthropologist’, Zeitgeist Lands ‘Theo Who Lived’

Thora Birch has joined Adrian Grenier and Mimi Rogers in the political thriller Public Affairs, about a young campaign aide who gets in over his head after he sleeps with the wife of a presidential candidate. The film is being directed by Sundance alum and DGA-Award winner Eric Bross (USA Network’s Traffic) and was scripted by Tom Cudworth. Produced by School Pictures’ Stephen Israel (Swimming with Sharks) and George Voskericyan (Echoes of War) of American Film Productions, the film will roll before the cameras this month in Norfolk, Virginia. Los Angeles-based 13 Films, founded by Tannaz Anisi, is handling international rights to the project which they introduced to buyers in Cannes. Birch just joined the cast of Phillip Noyce’s Above Suspicion and recently wrapped the independent feature The Etruscan Smile and also had a recurring role on USA’s Colony.

Gravitas Ventures just acquired North American rights to The Anthropologist, the documentary that explores climate change from Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger of Ironbound Films. In the film, the fate of the planet is considered from the perspective of American teenager Katie Crate. Over the course of five years, she travels alongside her mother Susie, an anthropologist studying the impact of climate change on indigenous communities. Their journey parallels that of renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead, who for decades sought to understand how global change affects remote cultures. The film will be released by Gravitas Ventures across all platforms in the U.S. and Canada this fall. The film has been selected by more than 30 film festivals across the nation. The deal was negotiated by Dan Fisher for Gravitas Ventures and Daniel A. Miller for Ironbound Films.

Zeitgeist Films acquired the U.S. theatrical and non-theatrical rights to director Davidd Schisgall’s Theo Who Lived about American journalist Theo Padnos who was kidnapped in Syria and held by Islamic militants for 22 months. The film will have its U.S. theatrical premiere on September 30 at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York, followed by a nationwide release to select cities. The deal was negotiated by Zeitgeist Films’ co-president Emily Russo and Andrew Herwitz, president of The Film Sales Company.

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