Cantinas Acquires Mission Pictures, Forms Distribution Company

Mission co-founder Cindy Bond will lead Cantinas Distribution.

Cantinas Entertainment has acquired Mission Pictures, the faith-based sales and distribution company co-founded and run by Cindy Bond.

With the acquisition, Cantinas has launched a new distribution arm, Cantinas Distribution. Bond will lead the distribution company, which will seek to acquire films with a positive, life-affirming slant for North American theatrical release. The distributor plans to have a presence at major festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival this week and the next.

"This fulfills one of the core components for Cantinas Entertainment to become one of the next-gen content providers of quality entertainment. We are equally excited to be partnering with Cindy, who is a respected industry leader, and her vision that is in lock-step with our long-term strategic goals for the company,” said Cantinas co-founder and CEO Greg Campbell in a statement.

"I look forward to putting my passion and experience into action alongside Greg and his team to make Cantinas the global destination for high-quality, inspirational entertainment," Bond said.

Bond founded Mission in 2008 with American Cinema International president Chevonne O'Shaughnessy. The company has represented faith-based films including Unconditional, October Baby and To Save A Life.

The young Cantinas produced the upcoming Christian music documentary Hillsong: Let Hope Rise and the family drama Heaven Sent. In the pipeline, the company has an adaptation of Brenda Spahn's book Miss Brenda and the Loveladies: A Heartwarming True Story of Grace, God and Gumption and is co-producing and financing the drama The Bridge to Jabez with Christopher Trunkey, Phoenix's Mike Medavoy and Rubicon's Doug McKay and Robert Kaplan.

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