‘Unseen’ Documentary Surfaces Jan. 23






Available on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, and DVD + Blu-ray

January 23


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“A Moving, brutal tale of loss and survival”


This January, FilmRise will release the chilling true crime documentary “Unseen,” from award-winning director and producer Laura Paglin (Facing ForwardNo Umbrella – Election Day in the City). For two years, women had been disappearing from Mount Pleasant – a poverty-stricken,  African-American neighborhood in Cleveland – with little investigation from police and city officials. Then in 2009, a reported rape led Cleveland police to a grisly discovery— the bodies of eleven women decomposing in the house and yard of known sex offender Anthony Sowell. How was it that a serial killer was able to operate virtually in plain sight for two years?

Unseen” will be available for sale and rental on Amazon Video, iTunes, and Vudu, as well as DVD and Blu-ray beginning January 23, 2018. 

Told in riveting detail by the women who were able to escape Sowell’s deadly clutches, “Unseen” draws viewers into a world where marginalized women, plagued by drug use, shunned by society and dismissed by the police, became easy prey for a predatory monster. “Unseen” questions not only the police failures in this case but also why Sowell’s neighbors turned a blind eye to his bizarre activities.  Through intimate, revealing interviews, Paglin gives voice to Sowell’s victims, allowing them to tell their stories, showing us how they attempt to come to grips with their horrific experiences.

Unseen” was an Official Selection at Cleveland International Film Festival and DOC NYC. It was also a contender for the Social Impact Award at Greenwich International Film Festival and Documentary Award Nominee at Portland Film Festival. The Huffington Post called it, “…riveting….a scathing indictment on how society treats these marginalized women who suffer from addiction and poverty” and the Missoula Independent writes, “…Unseen acts as a haunting indictment of a police force that failed its citizens.”

The film has a running time of 75 minutes and is Not Rated.



FilmRise is a film and TV distribution company founded by veteran producer/financiers Danny Fisher, Jack Fisher and Alan Klingenstein. With over 15,000 titles in a wide range of genres, the company’s releases include HBO’s multiple Emmy®-winning “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief”; “Janis: Little Girl Blue,” produced by Oscar®-winner Alex Gibney; two-time Academy Award®-nominee Julie Delpy’s “Lolo; and the Sundance hit “White Girl”. Television titles include such classics as “Roseanne” and “3rd Rock from the Sun”, as well as the iconic Robert Stack hosted series “Unsolved Mysteries”.

FilmRise’s recent acquisitions include the acclaimed documentary “I Called Him Morgan”; the box office hit “Harry & Snowman”; “Manifesto” starring two-time Oscar®-winner Cate Blanchett; sci-fi drama “Marjorie Prime” starring Jon Hamm and Lois Smith; and “My Friend Dahmer” starring Ross Lynch and Anne Heche. For more information, go to www.FilmRise.com.



Availability Date: January 23, 2018

Genre: Documentary, True Crime

Running Time: 75 Minutes

Rating: Not Rated

Formats: TVOD/EST, DVD, Blu-ray

Language: English

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