Gravitas Ventures acquires worldwide rights to Lance Kawas’ thriller ‘Good Thief’

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Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide rights to Lance Kawas’ thriller “Good Thief.”

After almost a decade,  Aaron Sizemore penned, “Good Thief” will release on TVOD and digital platforms on November 30.  Originally called “An Honest Thief,” this production started as Golden Globe-nominated actor Tom Sizemore’s (Heat and Saving Private Ryan) passion project and was to be a  step toward rebuilding his up-and-down career following a public relapse.

Set in Sizemore’s hometown of Detroit, Michigan, it was set to film on location.  This would have been Tom Sizemore’s first film as a producer and would have attached as producers  Danny Trejo (Machete), Sally Kellerman (MASH), and David Proval (The Sopranos, Mean Streets) to the project.

“Good Thief” revolves around three petty thieves who hatch a plan to rip off a local pawnbroker and steal his valuable baseball card collection. As their worlds collide, all sorts of bloody mayhem seem fated to follow..

A crowdfunding campaign was announced.  The filmmakers sought $500,000 on Indiegogo to supplement private funds already raised toward a $2 million-plus budget. But production hit several stops. Starting, sputtering, and stopping as it did, it never seemed to take off. That is until Detroit director Lance Kawas (Revenge of the Mask (2018), Rise of the Mask (2019), and Oden’s 9 (2020)), and his crew was approached to helm this project.

As Kawas tells it,  the reason this project never took off was “because the producers could not secure the right financing until recently and I was hired to direct it. There were other directors attached during the course of its inception but like in most films the environment changes and plans change.

“I was asked to direct it about two months prior to production so I also came in as a producer and crewed it and got the locations and built my team around it to make it happen. Basically, I agreed to the funding that was available and I marshaled my A-team and they agreed to the terms so we took it on. As you know my team and I have been doing a film together for a while so, like osmosis, it all worked out.”

In December of last year, filming on “Good Thief” wrapped, and the project entered post-production.  “Good Thief” will release on TVOD and digital platforms on November 30.

Written by Aaron Sizemore, directed by Lance Kawas, “Good Thief” stars Peter Donahue, Bobby Laenen,  Shomari Giles, Melanie Mehanna, Jimmy Doom, Gary Brunner, and Adam Defellippi, among others.  Producers include Hicham Benkirane and Lance Kawas.  Executive Producers Aaron Sizemore, Bobby Laenen, Sam Bauer.  Editor Sam Bauer. Co-Editor Ray Doezen. Sound Design Steven Yeamen, Sam Bauer. Music by Steven Yeamen. Director of Photography Ishtvan Lettang.

About Red Arrow Studios
Red Arrow Studios is a top-tier global distributor of entertainment content. With distribution activity comprised of TV distributor Red Arrow Studios International and film distribution business Gravitas Ventures, with a combined catalog of over 4,400 titles and sales to over 200 territories worldwide.

About Gravitas Ventures
Gravitas Ventures is a leading all rights distributor of independent feature films and documentaries. The company also operates independent film SVOD streaming service Gravitas Movies.

Founded in 2006 and led by Nolan Gallagher, Michael Murphy and Brendan Gallagher, Gravitas Ventures connects independent filmmakers and producers with distribution opportunities across the globe. Working with talented directors and producers, Gravitas Ventures has distributed thousands of films into over a hundred million homes in North America and over one billion homes worldwide.

Gravitas Ventures releases over 400 new films annually and has a library of thousands of English-speaking titles. Gravitas Ventures has been one of the first companies to develop a global network of digital media partners and now has over 200 relationships with many of the key providers of transactional video on demand, subscription video on demand, electronic sell through, television broadcasting, and physical home media. Today’s distribution partners include Altice, Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV, DISH, Fandango, Google, HBO, Hulu, Microsoft, Netflix, Redbox, Showtime, Sony, Starz, Verizon, Viacom, Vimeo and Vudu, amongst others.

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