Activism Documentary 'A River Below' Gets Awards-Qualifying Release (Exclusive)
The Mark Grieco film explores the ethics of using the media to raise awareness by examining a messy campaign to save an endangered animal.
A River Below is floating into theaters in November.
The unique activism documentary will get an independent awards-qualifying theatrical release Nov. 3 in New York (Village East Cinema) and Los Angeles (Laemmle Monica Film Center), The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. It will then hit streaming services in early 2018.
Directed by Mark Grieco (Marmato), A River Below explores the complications of activism in the modern media age. It centers on two conservationists who are working to protect the indigenous pink river dolphin in the Amazon — one activist is a marine biologist and the other is a famous TV star, and they each have their own approach to raising awareness about the endangered species. When a controversial video is released and a scandal results, questions are raised about the ethics of activism, the value of truth and where to draw the line when fighting for a good cause. (Watch THR's exclusive trailer above.)
The doc debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year and has since screened at a handful of film fests — including England's Sheffield Doc/Fest, where it won the environmental award. Torus Tammer produced the film, with Mike Erwin, Jeff Hewitt and Jerre Hewitt serving as executive producers.