EXCLUSIVE: Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group, has acquired the North American VOD rights to the Emmy-winning documentary When Claude got shot. The film premiered at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival and made its television debut in May 2022 in PBS’s award-winning documentary anthology series Independent Lens. The documentary will be available for rental and ownership on North American HD digital internet, cable and satellite platforms on September 27 through Freestyle Digital Media.
When Claude got shot follows three strangers tragically bound together by gun violence and a five-year journey navigating a flawed justice system on the path to recovery and forgiveness. While visiting his hometown of Milwaukee, Claude Motley, father of three and aspiring lawyer, is shot in the face by 15-year-old Nathan King in a carjacking gone wrong. Two nights later, King attempts to rob Victoria Davison, who fires her gun in self-defense, partially paralyzing King from the waist down. For the next five years, When Claude got shot follows the story of three strangers brought together by a weekend of gun violence. At the center of this story is Motley and his arduous recovery, both physically and emotionally, as he persists through multiple surgeries, catastrophic healthcare bills and trauma. On his journey, Motley finds himself torn between King’s punishment and the injustice of mass incarceration that disproportionately affects black men and boys.
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When Claude got shot was produced by 371 Productions in association with Stick Figure Entertainment, Snoopadelic Films, the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and Black Public Media. The League is the impact producer for the film.
Why he decided to become an executive producer When Claude got shot, Snoop Dogg said: “I have been directly affected by gun violence through the deaths of friends and associates. I understand the pain that Claude and his family felt. I also understand that there are victims on both sides of the gun, including the young man who shot Claude. We need to invest in our young people. This is how we heal our society.
“Honestly, I wish I had never made this movie because it would mean my friend Claude would never have been shot,” said filmmaker Brad Lichtenstein. “But the reality is real, so I’m honored by the trust Claude had in me and the intimacy of cinema that our 20-year friendship has afforded – and I’m especially grateful that this wide distribution allows Claude more of share his story and humanity, because we must all do our part to radically reduce gun violence.
“I hope anyone who watches this movie changes their mind about the complexity of gun violence,” says Claude Motley. “I learned that gun violence does not begin or end with a single bullet. Its impact is not just limited to the person who was at the other end of the barrel. The impact of armed violence is profound. For so many people, especially among communities of color, it is the catalyst for generations of ongoing trauma. Only when we can bring compassion and empathy to the subject and humanize the problem can we act with passion to solve the problem. This story is not just my story. It’s the story of thousands of people across the country who get shot every week, every month, and go through the exact same things I did. »
Freelance Digital Media negotiated the acquisition agreement When Claude got shot directly with Stick Figure Entertainment’s Jamie Schutz.
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