Toronto: 'MLK/FBI' Doc Lands at IFC Films

New Documentary With Spike Lee-MLK/FBI
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Director Sam Pollard's film about the government surveillance of Martin Luther King Jr. is set for a Jan. 15, 2021 release.

Sam Pollard’s new documentary, MLK/FBI, about the U.S. government's surveillance of Martin Luther King Jr., has been picked up by IFC Films for North America ahead of a world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Tuesday night.

A Jan. 15, 2021 release ahead of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday is planned.

The film, shopped at the virtual Toronto Film Festival market by Cineticmedia after it was an official selection at Telluride, is based on newly discovered and declassified files, using a trove of documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and unsealed by the National Archives.

“Sam Pollard has dedicated his career to social and political activism through film, and we’re honored to partner with him on a project of such magnitude and relevance in the current climate. We’re proud to bring this newly discovered information and restored footage of MLK to audiences nationwide, as his story continues to unfold, inspire and motivate throughout history," Arianna Bocco, executive vp of acquisitions and productions at IFC Films, said in a statement.

Benjamin Hedin produced MLK/FBI, while the executive producer credits are shared by David Friend, Charlotte Cook, Jeffrey Lurie, Marie Therse Guirgis, Kate Hurwitz, Dana O'Keefe and Steven Farneth.

MLK/FBI, from Tradecraft Films, will screening tonight at Bell Lightbox in Toronto.