'Finding Oscar' Doc Nabbed by FilmRise, Set for Spring 2017 Release
The film — which is the first from the Kennedy/Marshall Company documentary division — will also stream on Amazon Prime Video in summer 2017.
Ryan Suffern’s documentary Finding Oscar has been acquired by FilmRise, and will be released theatrically in spring 2017. The film will be available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video in summer 2017.
This first production from the Kennedy/Marshall Company documentary division (with Steven Spielberg on board as executive producer), Finding Oscar follows the investigation into the Dos Erres massacre that began on Dec. 6, 1982, when a team of special forces soldiers from the Guatemalan military raided the village during the de facto presidency of General Efraín Ríos Montt. Over the next days, of the 250 residents, a young boy named Oscar was spared by army commandos and brought up by one of the men who killed his family. Nearly 30 years after the massacre, Oscar Ramirez, who is living in the Boston area with his wife and children, receives an unexpected phone call and learns of his tragic past and potential importance to the forgotten people of Dos Erres.
"This film has been a passion project for all that have been involved in its making over the past few years," said producer Frank Marshall. "We’re beyond thrilled to be partnering with FilmRise and Amazon to bring this story to the significant audience it deserves."
"Now more than ever, we feel this is a film that will resonate greatly with audiences, both here in the US and abroad," said filmmaker Suffern in a statement, as the acquisition news is announced on the anniversary of the massacre. "The anniversary of the Dos Erres Massacre is a stark reminder that the search for truth and justice continues in Guatemala, and we’re certainly hopeful that the forthcoming release of Finding Oscar will aid those efforts."
The deal was negotiated between Fisher and FilmRise’s vp, acquisitions Max Einhorn with Kevin Iwashina and Adam Galen of Preferred Content.