Gravitas Ventures Brings Award-Winning Documentary “Bastards’ Road” To Audiences Everywhere Beginning May 11th, 2021
“Bastards’ Road” Epic Cross Country Journey To Encompass Digital Screens Across North American on All VOD/Digital & DVD Platforms in May
Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, has acquired worldwide rights to Brian Morrison’s captivating feature documentary “Bastards’ Road. ” The gifted Morrison’s first film, winner of seven festivals in 2020, will be released across all TVOD/Digital platforms & DVD throughout the North American continent beginning on May 11th, 2021 leading into Memorial Day, with an international expansion planned for later this year. “Bastards’ Road” tells the story of US Marine Combat Veteran Jon Hancock’s epic healing journey on foot across the United States.
Walking over 5,800 miles, Hancock confronts the demons that had overtaken his life. Visiting his fellow 2/4 Marines – a unit known as the The Magnificent Bastards – and families of their fallen along the way, Jon’s unique insight, humor and compassion illuminates a story much bigger than himself. “Bastards’ Road” builds a bridge between a marginalized Veteran community dealing with extraordinarily high suicide rates and a civilian population struggling to understand.
A 2019 Veteran Affairs report revealed that the Veteran suicide rate is 50% higher than it is for non-veterans. More than 60,000 Veterans killed themselves from 2008-2017. Those ages 18-34 represent the fastest growing suicide rate amongst Veterans, having increased 76% since 2005.
Jon Hancock’s advocacy has strengthened since after the walk with the formation of his non-profit organization, Bastards’ Road Project. He has been featured on national interviews on CNN, Cheddar, as well as across the country in the OC Register, Florida Today, and Baltimore Sun, among others. His remarkable honesty, insight and humor encourage strength to face down trauma and the self-loathing, depression and isolation that follows it.
“The film is about changing the way one relates to traumatic memories,” said director Brian Morrison. “It’s about beginning the healing process. There is such incredible strength in the Veteran community. What they forged together in combat they use every day to support each other at home. Jon and his brothers help empower voices all too often unheard.”
Bastards’ Road’s powerful themes of hope and resilience have been widely embraced by the Veteran community and received exceptional support from within the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as mental health organizations and military non-profits.
“Bastards’ Road” world-premiered at Santa Barbara International Film Festival to sold-out audiences and won Best Documentary. It also won the Documentary Audience Award at Slamdance Film Festival, Best Documentary Award at DeadCenter Film Festival, Best Documentary Award at Sunscreen Film Festival, Audience Award and Best Cinematography at Loudoun Arts Film Festival, Jury Award for Best Documentary at Naples International Film Festival, and Best Documentary Feature at Franklin International Independent Film Festival.
“Building the bridge between civilians and veterans hinges on vulnerability. This film puts both groups in the same room and allows vulnerability to tell the story without asking for permission. It provides a place to tell a story every veteran can align with. And every civilian gets a hard, honest look at what warfighters experience on their own long journey home,” states Jon Hancock.
The “Bastards’ Road” filmmaking team is led by director/producer Brian Morrison, who also lensed and edited the film. Executive produced by Erin Kenway (the award-winning “The Prison Within”), written & co-produced by Mark Stafford, and co-produced by Nick Kovacic (“Brewmore”), the film features a haunting original score by Jeremy Griffiths (“Dare Not Walk Alone”) and a transformational original soundtrack by Daniel Strauch, Michael Marx-Gibbons and Luke James Shaffer of Aliceanna Collective.
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