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Abramorama has secured the North American theatrical rights to Luke Lorentzen’s remarkable feature-length documentary, “A Still Small Voice.” The acquisition follows the film’s world premiere earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, where Lorentzen received the prestigious Directing Award in the U.S. Documentary category. Notably, Lorentzen’s 2019 documentary, “Midnight Family,” had made the Oscar feature documentary shortlist.
Running at 93 minutes, “A Still Small Voice” delves into the world of hospital chaplains, shedding light on the invaluable emotional and spiritual support they provide to patients, families, and medical staff. Audiences across North America will have the opportunity to experience this compelling documentary as it embarks on a nationwide theatrical release, commencing at New York City’s DCTV’s Firehouse Cinema on November 10.
The film has already garnered significant praise from both viewers and critics, having been featured at various prestigious film festivals worldwide, including the Hot Docs Canadian Documentary Film Festival, DOC10 in Chicago, the Hong Kong International Film Festival, and the Melbourne International Film Festival.
This distribution deal carries substantial significance, considering that in recent years, many independently produced documentaries have struggled to secure theatrical distribution.
Abramorama CEO and co-chairman, Karol Martesko-Fenster, expressed his enthusiasm about bringing “A Still Small Voice” to North American audiences, highlighting Luke Lorentzen’s exceptional storytelling abilities and the film’s captivating, intimate verité style. He believes that the documentary offers an exquisite and transformative cinematic experience on the big screen.
The film’s theatrical journey will kick off in New York City and then extend to Los Angeles and San Francisco on November 17, eventually expanding its reach across the United States and Canada.
The documentary was produced by Kellen Quinn, who received an Oscar nomination for “Time” in 2020. Quinn and Lorentzen co-founded Hedgehog Films, an independent production company, in 2019.
In a joint statement, Quinn and Lorentzen emphasized that “A Still Small Voice” underscores the power of active listening, both to oneself and to others, especially during moments of profound change. They expressed their excitement about collaborating with Abramorama, a team with a longstanding commitment to bridging filmmakers with broad audiences, which aligns perfectly with the film’s central theme of human connection.
The deal was negotiated by Abramorama’s Martesko-Fenster and in-house counsel Rob Marcus, alongside Hayden Goldblatt of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, representing the film’s team.