Gravitas Ventures has acquired Peter Baxter’s feature documentary Wild In The Streets, edited by Cut+Run’s Jay Nelson (a co-EP on the film) and The Whitehouse’s Steve Prestemon (also a co-EP and co-Music Supervisor on the film), and DPed by Lance Acord with voiceover by actor Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones). The film will be released in On April 23rd to over 100 million North American Video On Demand homes.
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With the April On Demand release, director Peter Baxter and narrator Sean Bean unveil one of the most remarkable sports documentaries ever made. In Wild In The Streets, toward the end of winter on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday, the people of Ashbourne, England gather in the center of their town to renew the longest running sports rivalry on earth. The game is called Shrovetide Football and originates from two medieval communities living opposite the river Henmore. Today, they are known as the Up’ards and Down’ards. Each team consists of hundreds if not thousands of people. The field of play...the town itself. There is no referee and few rules. Each game begins at 2pm and ends at 10pm. The ball cannot be carried in motorized transport. Cemeteries, churchyards and memorials are out of bounds. Under no circumstances is manslaughter to be tolerated.
EP/Writer/Editor Jay Nelson worked closely with Director Peter Baxter to design the film's structure for a year, and then collaborated for three years with Editor Steve Prestemon to craft the final documentary from over 400 hours of present day footage and a dozen sources of historical media. The film premiered at Slamdance and enjoyed a successful worldwide festival run throughout 2012, while distribution strategies were developed.
"The film truly was a labor of love for all of us. After years of crafting bringing the film to market, it's incredibly rewarding to have it find a larger audience," says Jay Nelson. "We are excited to work with Gravitas and bring the game that inspired football into people's lives. It's truly a revelation."