MTV Documentary Films announced a one-of-a-kind initiative to make the award-winning documentary 76 DAYS available for free via Virtual Cinema to customers at over 300 North American theaters on January 23rd, the first anniversary of the start of COVID-19 lockdown in Wuhan, China.
The aim is to commemorate this historic date and to support arthouse theaters which have experienced temporary closures and disruptions over the past year. Customers will have the option to watch 76 DAYS for free that day via Virtual Cinema with MTV Documentary Films donating $ 5 per viewing to the respective theaters (click here for a list of participating cinemas). The free viewing day follows a hugely successful virtual cinema release of the film which began on December 4, 2020.
Directed by Hao Wu, Weixi Chen and “Anonymous”, 76 DAYS was produced by Hao Wu and Jean Tsien. The film was written and edited by Hao Wu and shot by Anonymous and Weixi Chen. Executive producers are Sheila Nevins, Bryn Mooser, Geralyn White Dreyfous, Naja Pham Lockwood, Jamie Chen and Roberto Grande.
The film is a raw and emotional look at the struggles of Wuhan residents in the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak. Directed by New York filmmaker Wu and two China-based journalists, Chen and “Anonymous”, who took enormous personal risks filming in four different hospitals, 76 DAYS premiered at the International Film Festival in Toronto 2020, where he dominated IndieWire Critics Poll as the festival’s best documentary, and has since won major film festival awards and other critical acclaim, including being named one of the best films of the year by the Washington post, Chicago Tribune, Hollywood journalist and IndieWire.
“After nearly a year of profound challenges in the field of film exploitation, I am delighted to see distributors like MTV Documentary Films come together to support the vital work being done by community art houses,” said Makenzie Peecook, which works with Art House Convergence., A network of independent theaters to which the film is offered for free virtual cinema screenings.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted almost everyone on this planet, in ways big and small, since its initial outbreak in Wuhan,” added filmmaker Hao Wu. “We made 76 DAYS to honor them. frontline medical workers around the world and to remind viewers around the world to never forget the pain and struggles of this pandemic. We are very grateful to MTV Documentary Films and independent theaters across the country for creating this opportunity on the first anniversary of the Wuhan shutdown. My co-directors and I hope that watching this film gives us reason to be optimistic and that by working together we can get out of this nightmare.
“As the anniversary of the Wuhan lockdown draws near, we are proud to make 76 DAYS – the preeminent look at the pandemic from day one – available through this unique opportunity and to do our little part to help theaters that were wiped out during that time, ”said Nina L. Diaz and Liza Burnett Fefferman, co-directors of MTV Documentary Films.
On January 23, 2020, China locked up Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, to fight the emerging COVID-19 epidemic. Set deep on the frontlines of the crisis, 76 DAYS tells indelible human stories at the center of this pandemic – of a woman begging in vain to say a final farewell to her father, a grandfather with dementia seeking on her way home, a couple anxious to meet their newborn, to a nurse determined to return personal items to the families of the deceased. These intimate stories are a testament to the death and rebirth of a city under a 76-day lockdown, and the compassion and human resilience that lingers in times of deep tragedy.
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