EXCLUSIVE: Greenwich Entertainment introduced Thursday it has acquired North American distribution rights to The Massive Scary “S” Phrase, a function documentary that “explores the wealthy historical past of the American socialist motion.”
The corporate plans a theatrical launch on Friday, September 3—Labor Day Weekend—an auspicious date given the vacation’s historic ties to staff’ rights. The documentary marks the function directorial debut of Yael Bridge, whose credit embody producing the Emmy-nominated Saving Capitalism (2017).
“I really feel so fortunate to crew up with Greenwich Leisure with their unimaginable monitor report of bringing highly effective movies to the general public,” Bridge remarked. “The timing of this launch couldn’t be higher, as we’re seeing a basic realignment in political interested by the position of presidency and the necessity to work collectively, not simply as a way to thrive however actually to outlive.”
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Democratic socialism as a political philosophy has gained traction within the U.S. lately with the rise of Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Cori Bush. But, because the documentary’s title suggests, socialism stays a scary if largely misunderstood time period among the many citizens at massive. A YouGov ballot launched in October 2020 discovered 47-percent of Individuals held a adverse view of socialism, whereas 31-percent held a good view. In the meantime, a Kaiser Household Basis survey, additionally from October 2020, discovered 53-percent of respondents favored a “Medicare for all” well being care system, a signature “socialist” coverage.
The proper has invoked the specter of socialism as a cudgel in opposition to Democrats going again to the Chilly Struggle. Throughout his re-election marketing campaign, Pres. Trump tried to tie Joe Biden to the “radical socialist agenda” and in his 2019 State of the Union tackle Trump declared, “America won’t ever be a socialist nation.”
“Weaving collectively hidden episodes of historical past and vérité footage, the movie exhibits that, opposite to in style perception, socialism is in reality deeply American and led to in style authorities packages corresponding to public faculties and Medicare,” the movie asserts. “Activists and journalists clarify how the 2008 monetary disaster, the Wall Avenue bailout, the Occupy Motion, and the ascension of politicians like Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez have pushed a brand new era to embrace the language of socialism.”
Producer Morgan Spector famous, “The individuals who comprise the younger motion we doc on this movie have the braveness to think about a wholly completely different system, one which may be extra truthful, extra productive, and extra environment friendly. Producing this movie has made me only a bit extra optimistic in regards to the future, and I believe it’s going to make audiences really feel the identical approach.”
The distribution deal was negotiated by Greenwich Leisure’s Andy Bohn, with Endeavor Content material presenting the filmmakers.
The Massive Scary “S” Phrase consists of interviews with Sen. Sanders and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, in addition to writer-filmmaker Naomi Klein, creator and thinker Cornel West, and historian Eric Foner. The movie was produced by Bridge, Spector and Eden Wurmfeld. It premiered on the 2020 Hotdocs pageant in Toronto and went on to play on the Mill Valley Movie Competition, AFI Fest and DOC NYC.
Greenwich Leisure distributes each fiction and nonfiction movies. Its documentary credit embody Echo within the Canyon, Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, The Kingmaker, and Assassins. Upcoming releases embody Us Children and The Capote Tapes.