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Samuel Goldwyn Films Buys 'People v. the State of Illusion'

A March release is planned for the Scott Cervine-directed look at the science and power of perception.

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Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired U.S. rights to People v. the State of Illusion, directed by Scott Cervine. A March release is planned.

Written and produced by Austin Vickers, Illusion tells the story of Aaron Roberts, a single father incarcerated in the New Mexico State Penitentiary while his daughter becomes a ward of the state. An attorney then represents her in an innovative case that addresses the science and power of perception.

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“We were taken with Austin’s film and think he is an amazing talent," said Goldwyn president Meyer Gottlieb. "As we saw with the success of What the Bleep Do We Know!??, these kinds of films strike a chord with moviegoers and we have no doubt that People v. the State of Illusion will continue the trend.”

Vickers is a professional speaker in the field of emotional intelligence and self-awareness, and he will appear at screenings of the film around the country to conduct audience Q&As.

Samuel Goldwyn Films has recently released Mao's Last Dancer, The Double Hour and The Whistleblower. Upcoming releases include Diana Vreeland The Eye Has to Travel, The Island President and Robot & Frank, which the company acquired with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions at the Sundance Film Festival last month.