Chronicling the Current War on Press Freedom in the Philippines, “A THOUSAND CUTS” The New Documentary from Filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz Opens in Theaters and Virtual Cinemas Nationwide on August 7
Official Trailer and Poster Unveiled Today
Monday, July 13, 2020 – Boston, MA. FRONTLINE (PBS) and PBS Distribution announced the theatrical opening release for the acclaimed documentary A THOUSAND CUTS – from award-winning filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz – coming to theaters and virtual cinemas nationwide on August 7, 2020. The theatrical trailer and poster were also unveiled today.
A THOUSAND CUTS examines social media disinformation campaigns and the current brutal crackdown on the news media in the Philippines by President Rodrigo Duterte – who has made prominent journalist and TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year, Maria Ressa, one of his top targets.
At great personal risk, Ressa, the founder and chief executive of the independent news site Rappler has been at the forefront of holding Duterte and his government accountable for their violent war on drugs. In response, Duterte has barred Rappler reporters from the presidential palace and revoked Rappler’s license. On June 15, Ressa was found guilty in a “cyber libel” case that has been seen by press freedom advocates as the latest attack by Duterte’s administration on press and broader freedoms in the country.
“The fact that A THOUSAND CUTS becomes more relevant every passing day not only in the Philippines, but globally is alarming,” states director Diaz. “Right now, it is more important than ever to amplify Maria’s story because there are many Marias all over the world. Without a free press, democracy crumbles.
“We stand with fellow journalists like Maria Ressa in their quest for the truth, and we are proud to bring her story to our PBS audiences,” says FRONTLINE Executive Producer Raney Aronson-Rath. “The current events in the Philippines along with her conviction and the shutdown of one of the main television networks illustrates the looming threats against press freedom that could begin to happen everywhere.”
Following a robust festival run including Sundance, SXSW and AFI DOCS, A THOUSAND CUTS, presented by PBS Distribution, Frontline | PBS and Concordia Studio, in association with Luminate, present a Cinediaz production in association with Motto Pictures, developed in association with Topic Studios will open in theaters and virtual cinemas nationwide on August 7 and will air on PBS in January 2021. Ahead of its theatrical release, an extended trailer is available to watch for A THOUSAND CUTS now.
The theatrical trailer is available to watch here. The new theatrical poster is attached.
More information on A THOUSAND CUTS can be found at: athousandcuts.film.
PBS DISTRIBUTION, FRONTLINE | PBS and CONCORDIA STUDIO in association with LUMINATE present a CINEDIAZ production in association with MOTTO PICTURES developed in association with TOPIC STUDIOS. A film by RAMONA S. DIAZ “A THOUSAND CUTS” featuring MARIA RESSA. Music by SAM LIPMAN cinematography by GABRIEL GOODENOUGH JEFFREY JOHNSON edited by LEAH MARINO Executive Producers DAVID J. CORNFIELD, LINDA A. CORNFIELD, LAURENE POWELL JOBS, DAVIS GUGGENHEIM, JONATHAN SILBERBERG, NICOLE STOTT and RANEY ARONSON-RATH. Produced by RAMONA S. DIAZ, LEAH MARINO, JULIE GOLDMAN, CHRISTOPHER CLEMENTS CAROLYN HEPBURN. Written and Directed by RAMONA S. DIAZ.
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CineDiaz, Inc. is an independent production company founded in 2000 by filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz to produce feature length documentary films.
ABOUT MOTTO PICTURES
Motto Pictures specializes in producing and executive producing documentary features and series. Motto has been honored with three Academy Award nominations and multiple Emmy Awards. Founded in 2009, Motto has produced a wide range of award winning films, working with a line-up of talented and acclaimed filmmakers, that have been featured at the most prestigious film festivals and distributed around the world. These films and series include: ONE CHILD NATION, RINGSIDE, OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE, MURDER IN THE BAYOU, BULLY. COWARD. VICTIM. THE STORY OF ROY COHN, THE RAFT, HUMANS OF NEW YORK: THE SERIES, ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL, THE FINAL YEAR, LIFE, ANIMATED, WEINER, BEST OF ENEMIES, ART AND CRAFT, THE KILL TEAM, 3 1/2 MINUTES, TEN BULLETS, 1971, SOLITARY, SOUTHWEST OF SALEM, BUCK, SERGIO, GOD LOVES UGANDA, AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY and BEWARE OF MR. BAKER among many others.
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Luminate is a global philanthropic organization focused on empowering people and institutions to work together to build just and fair societies. We support innovative and courageous organizations and entrepreneurs around the world, and we advocate for the policies and actions that will drive change across four impact areas: Civic Empowerment, Data & Digital Rights, Financial Transparency, and Independent Media. We work with our investees and partners to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to participate in and to shape the issues affecting their societies, and to make those in positions of power more responsive and accountable. Luminate was established in 2018 by Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay, and his wife, Pam. The organization is part of The Omidyar Group.
ABOUT CONCORDIA STUDIO
Concordia is a talent-first studio, founded by Davis Guggenheim and Jonathan King, to produce and finance the most compelling storytelling with the most exciting creators. The studio’s slate includes the 2020 Sundance Official Selections in competition BOYS STATE (Jesse Moss, Amanda McBaine) which won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize for Documentary and will be distributed this year through Apple TV+ and A24, TIME (Garrett Bradley) which won the Directing Award for U.S. Documentary and will be distributed by Amazon Studios, A THOUSAND CUTS (Ramona S. Diaz), and BLOODY NOSE, EMPTY POCKETS (Bill Ross & Turner Ross) which screened at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival and will be released by Utopia. Other recent work includes INSIDE BILL’S BRAIN: DECODING BILL GATES (Davis Guggenheim) for Netflix, Sundance premiered WHERE’S MY ROY COHN? (Matt Tyrnauer) for Sony Pictures Classics, Sundance premiered BISBEE ’17 (Robert Greene), Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winning THE PRICE OF FREE (Derek Doneen) for YouTube Premium and FROM HERE TO HOME, a series of shorts with the New York Times Op-Docs including Laura Nix’s Oscar-nominated WALK RUN CHA-CHA.
Concordia Studio’s executive team includes Davis Guggenheim (Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Nonfiction), Jonathan King (Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Narrative), Alexa Platt (Chief Operating Officer), Jonathan Silberberg (President of Nonfiction), Nicole Stott (EVP of Nonfiction), Shannon Dill (EVP of Nonfiction Physical Production & Operations), and Rahdi Taylor (EVP of Nonfiction Artists in Residence).
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Topic Studios, the award-winning entertainment studio from First Look Media, develops, finances and produces content for all platforms including theatrical, streaming, television and podcasts. Working with creators at the forefront of culture, the studio explores a wide range of provocative and entertaining subject matter. From Academy Award® winning films (SPOTLIGHT); to documentaries (THE FIGHT slated for release later this year with Magnolia); to television and streaming (the docu-series Love Fraud premiering on Showtime August 30 and MUCHO MUCHO AMOR premiering on Netflix this summer); and podcasts (MISSING RICHARD SIMMONS, ANTHEM and SOMEBODY). Additional films from Topic Studios include Michael Angelo Covino’s THE CLIMB, with Sony Pictures Classics and Euros Lyn’s DREAM HORSE, starring Toni Collette and Damian Lewis, with Bleecker Street. Other upcoming projects include the political drama PRISONER 760 directed by Kevin Macdonald and starring Jodie Foster, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tahar Rahim and Shailene Woodley.
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