Gravitas Ventures has secured all U.S. rights to “Ace the Case: Manhattan Mystery” a family-friendly caper starring Ripley Sobo (“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Steve Jobs”), Lev Gorn (“The Americans”) and Susan Sarandon (“The Meddler”), who recently won Cannes Film Festival’s “Women in Motion” Award. The film opens in select theaters and will be available on demand August 26.
Left in the care of her teenaged brother Miles (Aaron Sauter, “Alien Dawn”) while their mom is out of town, 10-year-old Olivia Haden (Sobo) takes her dog Charlie for a late-night walk and witnesses a brazen kidnapping on the deserted streets of New York City. But when she tells Miles what she has seen, he dismisses her, and when she reports it to the NYPD, only a sympathetic detective named Dottie (Sarandon) will even listen. Without solid evidence, there’s nothing Dottie can do, so the intrepid tween sets out to solve the crime herself. Facing down a trio of bumbling crooks, a mysterious fixer (Gorn) toting his oversized pet bunny, and a rapidly ticking clock, Olivia crisscrosses lower Manhattan in an exciting family-oriented thriller sure to delight kids of all ages, as well as their parents.
“It was vital for us to be with a distributor who understood our goals – to succeed as a comedic thriller fun for the whole family, in millions of homes all across America – and Gravitas got it. We are as excited about our partnership as they are,” said Writer/Director Kevin Kaufman of Kaufman Films.
“Kevin has created a classic comedy-caper that families will be able to enjoy together and we are happy to work with the passionate filmmaking team in bringing this to millions of homes across North America,” said Dan Fisher, Sr. Director of Acquisitions for Gravitas Ventures.
“Ace the Case: Manhattan Mystery” is the second feature from writer/director Kevin Kaufman. Kaufman also produced and wrote the film which was executive produced by Doug Biro. Anthony Burke, Trey Duncan, Douglas Falconer, Roy Poretzky and Rick Tirelli also served as Executive Producers. The deal was negotiated by Dan Fisher for Gravitas and Doug Biro with Kevin Kaufman from Kaufman Films.
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