Sundance: ‘Legion of Brothers’ Acquired By Gravitas Ventures

Greg Barker documentary follows first wave of Green Berets who were deployed to Afghanistan immediately after 9/11

CNN Films and Gravitas Ventures reached a deal on the U.S. distribution rights for Greg Barker’s documentary “Legion of Brothers” at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday.

The documentary follows the first deployment of U.S. Special Forces immediately following the Sept. 11 attacks. Barker interviews several Green Berets who were part of the first wave of the war in the Middle East and asks them about how their attitudes towards the war changed over time.

Gravitas has acquired the theatrical, SVOD, and other platform distribution rights to the film in the U.S. CNN Films will retain rights to air the film on TV. International distribution rights were sold to Content Media prior to its Sundance opening.

“Gravitas is honored to collaborate with CNN and Greg Barker to share this powerful, true story of these U.S. Army Special Forces that is just as timely today as it was amazing in 2001,” said Gravitas Ventures CEO and founder, Nolan Gallagher.

The deal between CNN Films and Gravitas Ventures was negotiated by Stacey Wolf, vice president for business affairs for CNN, on behalf of CNN Films, and by Nolan Gallagher, CEO of Gravitas Ventures, on the company’s behalf.  Cinetic was the sales agent for the deal.

“Legion of Brothers” is produced by John Battsek and Greg Barker of Passion Pictures, and Peter Bergen and Tresha Mabile. The film is executive produced by Amy Entelis of CNN Films and Vinnie Malhotra. The supervising producer is Courtney Sexton, vice president for CNN Films.

Sundance festival attendees can see “Legion of Brothers” when it screens Jan. 28-29.