Australian Doc 'Gayby Baby' Nabbed by Supergravity (Exclusive)

GAYBY BABY Poster - P 2016
Courtesy of SUPERGRAVITY Pictures

The film will come to theaters in April and become available for digital purchase in May.

Supergravity Pictures, a company that markets and distributes films directly to fans, has acquired the rights to Australian documentary Gayby Baby

The film will screen in theaters across the country beginning April 1 and then become available for digital purchase starting May 1. 

From director Maya Newell, Gayby Baby follows four Australian children — Gus, Ebony, Matt and Graham — whose parents are gay, sharing how they wrestle with internal challenges as the outside world debates the issue of marriage equality. The acquisition comes after Gayby Baby won the audience award for best documentary at the Sydney Film Festival and screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival, Doc NYC and Hot Docs in Toronto. 

"With two lesbian mothers, I grew up amongst the images of heterosexual families — on TV, in movies, in advertising and at school," said Newell. "We made Gayby Baby because even though families like mine are not featured on billboards, gayby children have existed for generations and have a unique perspective on the world. We are the gayby-boomers, a growing international community, and we have stories to tell."

Gayby Baby will be the first documentary released by Supergravity. The company, founded in late 2014, during its first year focused on projects from influential online creators, including thriller The Chosen starring YouTube star Kian Lawley, and comedy Man Up. The company has previously announced a documentary about the cable industry from YouTube star and producer Ray William Johnson that will be released later this year. 

Supergravity specializes in hosting so-called event screenings, where it rents theaters and organizes showings for passionate audiences. The company will partner with LGBT and family equality organizations, including the family equality council and COLAGE to host screenings.

"We have a truly special film here," said Supergravity founder Marc Hustvedt. "Supergravity is honored to bring this groundbreaking documentary to audiences across the globe and help amplify the conversation around family equality. We are taking a very hands-on approach in building a groundswell of support around the film's release in theaters and on screens of all sizes." 

It has also partnered with Heard Well, a music label co-founded by YouTube star Connor Franta that releases albums from online influencers, to curate music for the film. Said Franta: "I am honored to be a part of this movement via Gayby Baby and help bring this important message to the masses through thoughtful soundtrack curation and marketing."