This past September, The Orchard was lucky enough to “shack up” with the Quad Cinema in an exciting partnership that pairs the old-school (theatrical release in an actual cinema) with the new-school (The Orchard’s streamlined digital distribution model). Now, less than six months later, we are thrilled to be releasing four more high-caliber documentaries that have played or will play at the Quad, and we are on track to sign a total of 25 Quad films in 2013.
Tales From Dell City, Texas, directed by Josh Carter, was filmed over a period of 10 years. According to the New York Times’ warm review, the film “immortalizes a dusty slice of vanishing Americana, delivering a parched ode to hard work, endurance and desert dreams.” The Orchard released the film on iTunes on February 26th.
Fast-paced and looking toward the future, American Autumn: An Occudoc, is the aesthetic opposite of Dell City, Texas. An impassioned look into the Occupy Wall Street movement, Variety’s glowing review describes it as “a strong, well-crafted documentary [...] that impresses most where many docs disappoint, expanding its scope without short-changing the wider subjects it covers.” You can find it on iTunes starting April 9th.
It’s not often that you come across Emmy-winning directors who are also accomplished sailors, but that is what you might expect from someone named Sprague Theobald. His latest documentary, the stunningly beautiful The Other Side of the Ice is the chronicle of his harrowing 2009 journey, with his complicated family, through the Arctic’s legendary Northwest Passage. It opens March 8th at the Quad and will be released by The Orchard on iTunes on March 19th. You can read a Q and A with Theobald about the life-threatening process of making the film on Travel + Leisure’s website.
Finally, on the heels of the phenomenal success of the Civil War biopic Lincoln, comes Wendy Jo Cohen’s laugh-out-loud mockumentary, The Battle of Pussy Willow Creek. Filmed in the style of Ken Burns, who calls the film “an incredibly wonderful and funny film,” it tells the “true story” of four forgotten Civil War heroes: an opium-addicted gay colonel, an aging Chinese launderer, a nerdy escaped slave, and a one- armed teenage prostitute. The film, which will be released digitally by The Orchard in the late summer, opened theatrically at the Quad last week.