NEW YORK, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Sundance Channel announced today the acquisition of U.S. pay television rights to Jeremy Gilley's Peace One Day. The film was acquired from Films Transit, and will premiere on Sundance Channel on the United Nations International Day of Peace, September 21st at 9:00pm ET/PT. The film will also be available on Netflix.com in late September.
Jeremy Gilley's Peace One Day documents the filmmaker's own efforts to establish a day each year to acknowledging the ideal of global cease-fire. Beginning in 1999, Gilley traveled the world, talking with heads of state, Nobel Peace Laureates, aid agencies, freedom fighters, soldiers, and war victims in his goal of convincing several world governments to sponsor a resolution to the United Nations General Assembly. On September 7, 2001, the resolution was unanimously accepted, establishing a day of global cease-fire and non-violence on the UN International Day of Peace. Four days later, Gilley was supposed to speak at a press conference announcing the resolution when the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington D.C. occurred. While trapped in New York City for a week after the attacks, Gilley realizes how the events of 9/11 have further elevated the importance of his project. For the five years after his project began, Gilley continued to document peace events around the world for his film.
Founded in 1982 by Jan Rofekamp, Films Transit International is one of the worlds leading international sales companies of quality documentaries, specializing in the worldwide release and marketing of high profile, theatrical long-format documentaries in two specific genres: Arts & Culture and Politics & Society. Many of our films are selected for the major film festivals like IDFA, Sundance, Berlin and Toronto and win prestigious prizes. Films Transit is based in Montreal and has offices in Amsterdam (Barbara Truyen) and in New York (Diana Holtzberg). This deal was negotiated by Diana Holtzberg, Acquisitions, Project Development, & Sales Director at Films Transit International, Inc., Christian Vesper, Vice President, Acquisitions, Program Planning & Scheduling, on behalf of Sundance Channel, and Eric Besner, Vice President of Original Programming, on behalf of Netflix.
Under the creative direction of Robert Redford, Sundance Channel brings television viewers daring and engaging feature films, shorts, documentaries, world cinema and animation, shown uncut and with no commercials. Through its original films, Sundance Channel connects viewers with filmmakers, the creative process, and the world of independent film. Launched in 1996, Sundance Channel is a venture between NBC Universal, Robert Redford, and Showtime Networks Inc. Sundance Channel operates independently of the non- profit Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, but shares the overall Sundance mission of supporting independent artists and providing them with wider opportunities to present their work to audiences. Sundance Channel's website address is http://www.sundancechannel.com/.
Source: Sundance Channel