FilmBuff Picks Up Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner ‘The Russian Woodpecker’

The documentary will hit theaters on Oct. 16

FilmBuff has acquired the rights to distribute Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner “The Russian Woodpecker,” the digital entertainment curator announced Tuesday.

The documentary, which won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, will be released in select theaters and available on On Demand platforms starting Oct. 16.

The film tells the true story of Fedor Alexandrovich, a man who was exposed to the toxic effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster at just four years old and forced to leave his own home in 1986. Now 33, he in an artist in the Ukraine with radioactive strontium in his bones. He begins an investigation that questions what really happened at Chernobyl, and hopes to find out what an enormous steel structure called The Russian Woodpecker is.

“The Russian Woodpecker” is directed by Gracia, shot by Artem Ryzhykov and produced by Oscar-nominated producer Mike Lerner, Gracia and Ram Devineni. It will be available on all major On Demand platforms such as Amazon Instant Video, Google Play and iTunes.

FilmBuff is a full-service distribution company which delivers high quality, compelling video and film to its audiences. Since 2007, it has been introducing audiences to the best in independent film, which includes Oscar-nominated “Exit Through the Gift Shop” and Jared Leto‘s “Artifact.”

“Our team is so pleased to be working with FilmBuff, as they share our passion for telling unforgettable stories,” said director Chad Gracia. “I’m excited to share Fedor’s incredible journey with audiences around the world, who I’m sure will be as charmed by his character as they are stunned by his investigation.”