By Sahil Patel
Music, video, and film distributor The Orchard has acquired North American rights to the documentary film “Above and Beyond.”
Set in the 1940s, the film centers on a group of skilled American pilots who smuggled planes out of the US, trained in Eastern Europe, and flew for Israel in its War of Independence. Known as “The Machal,” this group — which included both Jewish and non-Jewish men — played an instrumental role in the war.
Directed by Roberta Grossman, the film is produced by Nancy Spielberg (younger sister of Steven). It’s set for a limited release in New York starting Friday, January 30.
The Orchard owns digital and broadcast rights to the picture in North America. The deal was negotiated by Danielle DiGiacomo of The Orchard and Marc Brotz of Preferred Content on behalf of the filmmakers.