'Miracle Fishing: The Kidnapping of Tom Hargrove' Doc Lands at Gravitas Ventures (Exclusive)

Miracle Fishing: The Kidnapping of Tom Hargrove
Courtesy of Mark Rutledge

Miles Hargrove's documentary chronicles his father's 1994 kidnapping by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

Gravitas Ventures has acquired the North American rights to Miracle Fishing: The Kidnapping of Tom Hargrove, a documentary by director Miles Hargrove about the kidnapping of an American journalist in Colombia.

The film, which debuted at Tribeca and and will screen at DOC NYC, is set for a day and date release in theaters and on video on demand on March 26, 2021.

Miracle Fishing is a once-in-a-lifetime sort of film. An unbelievable event that was perfectly captured from the viewpoint of the family living through it. Gravitas cannot wait for audiences to be able to experience this film,” Brett Rogalsky, Gravitas Ventures acquisitions coordinator, said in a statement.

Miles Hargrove's Miracle Fishing chronicles his father's 1994 kidnapping by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in the high Andes mountains. Finding no support from either the U.S. government or the corrupt local authorities, Hargrove’s family was forced to negotiate directly for his release, working with a tight circle of friends.

Miles Hargrove, then 21 years old, filmed the ordeal on the family camcorder, and returns to the footage 25 years later to recall his family’s collective trauma. “My father's kidnapping was a harrowing, yet strangely inspiring, experience and I have poured my heart into bringing it to life on the screen. Miracle Fishing is a love letter to my Dad, my Mom, and the group that came together in an attempt to achieve the impossible. Knowing that our story of dedication and courage will finally be seen by a widespread audience is the realization of a 25-year dream," the director said in a statement.

Rogalsky negotiated the deal with CAA Media Finance on behalf of the filmmakers.