Paladin has acquired theatrical rights to writer/director Kelly Noonan Gores’ documentary Heal, which the distributor will release theatrically in Los Angeles and New York in October, while The Orchard has taken digital rights and will launch the film digitally later this year.
Noonan Gores’ film, produced by Adam Schomer, looks at how thoughts, beliefs and emotions affect our health and includes interviews with Deepak Chopra, Bruce Lipton, Marianne Williamson, Michael Beckwith, Gregg Braden and Anita Moorjani about the relationship between spirituality, science and the human body. It also features the stories of real people describing their healing journeys.
The film, which played the Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona, Ariz. and the Maui Film Festival, will open in L.A. on Oct. 20 and New York on Oct. 27.
“Heal is a film about possibility and hope, meant to inspire, empower and inform. Over 133 million people in the U.S. are dealing with chronic illness, and now thanks to Paladin and The Orchard, we have the opportunity to reach many more people with the film’s message,” Noonan Gores said in announcing the acquisition.
Paladin president Mark Urman, who saw Heal in June at the Illuminate Film Festival added, “Having distributed Tom Shadyac’s extraordinary — and extraordinarily successful — I Am, I’m fully aware of how many people want and need to see films about making ourselves and our world better. Heal is bound to strike a chord with that audience, and we look forward to connecting them to such an inspiring, mind-opening experience.”
In addition to traditional theatrical engagements, a series of one-night-only, special-event screenings run by event specialists Hydro Studios that will begin after the L.A. opening and extend into the fall are being planned.