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The Orchard Chomps Down on “Crocodile Gennadiy”

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 1.23.33 PMHere’s a documentary to put on your #mustsee list: Crocodile Gennadiy. Filmmaker Steve Hoover (Blood Brother) has gone up against many odds to bring audiences the truth behind what’s happening to Ukraine’s homeless youth, and how a man named Gennadiy Mokhnenko is trying to shake things up for the better.

Amid political turmoil following de-Sovietization, Ukranian city Mariupol is wrought with homeless, drug-addicted children. Pastor Gennadiy, known throughout the city for his actions, seeks after these children by night, fully intending to kidnap them and take them under his wing. Many have questioned his extreme methods; others praise his actions, pointing to his life-changing results.

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The Orchard Takes It to the Streets With “The Motivation 2.0: The Chris Cole Story”

10603458_579610358811382_4330608488478919864_nIf you keep up at all with the big, wide world of skateboarding, you’re gonna be over-the-top stoked to hear our most recent news: we’re releasing director Adam Lough‘s The Motivation 2.0: The Chris Cole Story!

The title may sound familiar to you, as it should: 2013’s The Motivation had massive names behind it (Pharrell Williams and Rolling Stone, off the top of my head). The film followed eight of the world’s top-tier pro-skatboarders as they prepped for NYC’s Street League Championship. Now, Lough takes a close-up look at one of those skaters: Chris Cole.

In this 2.0 version, Lough peels back all the layers of Cole’s life. The all-access documentary sits down with Cole’s closest friends from home, industry vets and family members to recount his improbable, yet successful climb to the very top of the skateboarding world. The Philly-born skateboarder dreamed of going pro as he learned the tricks of the trade on the streets and curbs near his mom’s building complex, and now Lough documents just how Cole turned that dream into a reality.

Expect the big drop to happen this June. For more info, read our official press release here and check out a clip from the movie below!

The Motivation 2.0 Real American Skater – The Chris Cole Story from Adam Bhala Lough on Vimeo.

The Orchard & DHX Media Are Your Kids’ Source of Entertainment

1379978_697772623585922_1456916551_nKids (and parents, for that matter): you’re gonna love this. We’re partnering with DHX Media to bring the globe the best in children’s entertainment! That means we’ll be your worldwide source for over 8,000 episodes of much-loved shows like Arthur, Care Bears, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Madeline and tons more.

But we’re not stopping there! When DHX adds a new series to their roster, we’ll be the ones distributing those to you, too, along with the 2,000+ tracks of kids tunes that DHX currently holds in their library. So have no fear for those summer road trips this year! The kids will be fully entertained in the backseat on the way to grandma’s with all the options we’re dishing out.

To find out more about the deal itself, check out our official press release. Now go flip through the DHX library to find out what you and your family will be watching tonight!

4K & Ultra High Definition: Fact of Fad?

FullHD_vs_UltraHD-x600If you’ve walked into an electronic store recently you’ve probably seen displays and TVs promoting this new fancy 4K and/or UHD concept. So, what is that? How does it work and how does it affect The Orchard and our clients? Below, I’ll provide a concise update and aim to provide some perspective on whether this is fact or fad.

What is 4K / UHD?

4K refers to the video frame size 4096 x 2160 which is exactly twice the size of 2K (2048 x 1080) made popular in digital cinema since the turn of the century. UHD on the other hand is the more accessible version of 4K, ideal for Television and 16 x 9 devices. Just as the extra wide frame size of 2K was passed over for Television in favor of the now common HD frame size 1920 x 1080, UHD is the more accessible version of 4K at 3840 x 2160. This frame size works nicely with the HD aspect ratios and TV sizes we’ve come to live with and expect. If history repeats itself, 4K should come to be the new digital cinema standard with UHD becoming the new Television and home entertainment standard.

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Laugh, Cry, Smile in Our Latest Film, “Nasty Baby”

cdn.indiewireIn what Vanity Fair deemed “2015’s greatest ‘shit happens’ movie,” we find actor/director Sebastián Silva, TV on the Radio‘s Tunde Adebimpe and everyone’s celebrity crush Kristen Wiig cooking up a modern day ménage-à-trois dramedy. Nasty Baby finds the threesome grappling with heavy subjects, albeit with a fair bit of humor, and we’ve just picked up this roller coaster of emotion so that we can dish it out to North American audiences later this year.

So what’s all the fuss about here? Brooklyn couple Freddy (Silva) and Mo (Adebimpe) are in the neighborhood for a child of their own, and they’ve asked Freddy’s best friend Polly (Wiig) to add her half to the baby-making process. But when Freddy learns that his sperm count is too low, all eyes are on Mo to take over. Intimate conversations and clashing opinions ensue until the film’s final act, when Silva (as director) throws everyone a nasty curveball. The movie takes a very dark turn, one that, much like life itself, goes from creating life to pondering just how quickly it can be taken away.

Nasty Baby, filmed almost entirely in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, has its initial moments of comedy and naïveté, but matures into a poignant look at how life’s extreme situations can take a toll. The “naturalistic, accessible and likable” performances from the trio (apparently Wiig’s best since Bridesmaids) create a film that could very well hit close to heart and home.

Be on the lookout for the film’s release happening later this year — you do not want to let this one slip you by. For more info on the deal, check out our press release and Indiewire’s coverage.

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