The doc won SXSW’s grand jury prize for best documentary and will be released theatrically this fall.
The Orchard and Topic, First Look Media’s new entertainment studio, have acquired all North American rights to the prison therapy documentary The Work.
The Blanketfort Media film, directed by Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous, made its world premiere at SXSW earlier this year and won the fest’s grand jury prize for best documentary. The Orchard plans a theatrical release this fall.
The Work is an immersive film shot entirely inside Folsom Prison to capture the group therapy sessions that puts members of the public alongside convicts inside the legendary California maximum-security prison.
Producers are Alice Henty, Jairus McLeary, Eon McLeary, Miles McLeary and Angela Sostre and executive producers are James McLeary, Rob Allbee and Aldous.
The deal was negotiated by DiGiacomo for The Orchard and Heller for First Look Media with Andrew Herwitz of The Film Sales Company on behalf of the filmmakers.