National Geographic Documentary Films and NEON Set July 6, 2022 as Sundance Sensation FIRE OF LOVE Theatrical Release Date
WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, National Geographic Documentary Films and NEON released the official trailer and key art for FIRE OF LOVEthe award-winning documentary feature from director Sara Dosa (“The Seer and the Unseen”), Sandbox Films, Intuitive Pictures and Cottage M. Produced by Dosa, Shane Boris and Ina Fichman, produced by Greg Boustead and Jessica Harrop, and edited by Erin Casper and Jocelyne Chaput, the film narrated by Miranda in July premiered to rave reviews as a day one selection. of the American Documentary Competition and won Sundance’s Jonathan Oppenheim Editing Award. He has since performed at many prestigious festivals including New Directors/New Films, Hot Docs, True/False, CPH:DOX and Doc10. It is currently “Certified Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes with a rare 100% review rating.
The film tells the extraordinary love story of intrepid French scientists Katia and Maurice Krafft, who died as explosively as they lived – capturing the most spectacular images ever recorded of their greatest passion: volcanoes. After its premiere at Sundance, the film was hailed by Variety as “a spellbinding experience” and The Hollywood Reporter as “a beautifully shot, dreamily constructed portrait”.
FIRE OF LOVE will hit theaters in select cities on Wednesday, July 6, and will continue to roll out nationwide throughout the summer. The film has already won a long list of awards during its festival, including the Visions du Réel Audience Award, the Best Feature Film Award from the International Animal Film Festival, the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary from the Independent Film Festival of Boston, the SIFF Special Jury Prize and many more.
The two distributors previously teamed up for the release last year of the COVID-19 documentary “The First Wave.” As part of the new agreement, NEON will release FIRE OF LOVE ahead of a planned streaming arc on Disney+.
In addition to its partnership with National Geographic Documentary Films on “The First Wave”, NEON’s recent releases in the documentary space include the triple Oscar®-the nominated Danish documentary “Flee”, by director Jonas Poher Rasmussen; “Ailey” by Jamila Wignot, recounting the life of dance pioneer Alvin Ailey; and “Totally Under Control,” a deep dive into the US government’s response in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
National Geographic Documentary Films previously released the Oscar, BAFTA and seven-time Emmy® The award-winning film “Free Solo” and the Oscar-nominated film “The Cave”. In 2021 they released “Becoming Cousteau”, “Fauci”, “The First Wave”, “The Rescue” and “Torn”. Other critically acclaimed films under the banner include Ron Howard’s “Rebuilding Paradise”; Sundance People’s Choice Award winners “Science Fair” and “Sea of Shadows”; Emmy winners “LA 92” and “Jane,” both of which were included in the top 15 documentaries considered for an Oscar in 2017; and winner of the Dupont Prize “Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of Isis”.
About National Geographic Documentary Films
National Geographic Documentary Films is committed to bringing the world documentary feature films that cover timely, provocative and globally relevant stories from the world’s best documentary filmmakers. National Geographic Documentary Films is a division of National Geographic Partners, a joint venture between Disney and the National Geographic Society. Deepening knowledge and understanding of our world has been National Geographic’s primary purpose for 133 years, and now we are committed to reaching further, to pushing the boundaries, to reaching further for our consumers…and to achieving million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month like we do. NGP donates 27% of our profits to the non-profit National Geographic Society to fund work in science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information, visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.
In just five years, NEON has garnered 18 Oscar® nominations, 5 wins including Best Picture, and grossed over $180 million at the box office. The company continues to push boundaries and take creative risks on bold cinema like Bong Joon Ho’s. Parasite, which made history by winning four Oscars®, becoming the first non-English language film to win Best Picture. The film, which also unanimously won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, grossed over $53 million at the domestic box office and broke several records. NEON has amassed a library of over 80 films with notable releases including: Tamara Kotevska and Ljubo Stefanov’s award-winning and record-breaking film honey country, which is the first non-fiction feature to land Oscar® nominations for Best Documentary and Best International Feature in the same year; Todd Douglas Miller Apollo 11 which grossed $16 million worldwide; Palme d’Or by Julia Ducournau, Titanium; and Craig Gillespie Me Tonya which earned multiple Oscar® nominations, a win for Allison Janney and amassed over $30 million at the domestic box office.
The studio has several projects in various stages of development and production including: The painter and the thief narrative remake; by Brandon Cronenberg Overflowing swimming pool with Alexander Skarsgard; an untitled horror flick from first-time director Bishal Dutta; by Joshua Oppenheimer The end, a Golden Age musical with Oscar winner Tilda Swinton; the documentary, Finding Mavis Beacon from director Jazmin Jones; Cassandra at the wedding based on the novel by Dorothy Baker; and Kitty Green The Royal Hotel, starring Julia Garner. Recent acquisitions and upcoming releases include; The sensation of Jonas Carpignano A Chiara; Baby, by New York-based Afro-Latina artist Rebeca Huntt; Celine Sciamma’s Little mom ; and Ninja Thyberg’s daring feature debut Pleasure. NEON received 6 Oscar nominations for Run away, the worst person in the world and spencer. Jonas Poher Rasmussen, To run away made history by becoming the first film to score an impressive trio of Oscar nominations in the categories of Best Animated Feature, Best Documentary Feature and Best International Feature. The worst person in the world by Norwegian writer-director Joachim Trier was nominated for Original Screenplay and International Feature Film; and Kristen Stewart received a Best Actress nomination in Pablo Larraín spencer.
Other recent releases include: Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Memory with Tilda Swinton; the anthology feature The Year of the Eternal Storm; Documentary by Matthew Heineman The first wave; Nicolas Cage star, Pig; At Jamila Wignot’s Ailey; Gunda directed by Victor Kossakovsky; Robert Machoian’s powerful thriller The murder of two lovers; The Billie Eilish Documentary The world is a little blurry; Ben Wheatley Horror Movie In the ground; Francis Lee’s Romantic Drama Ammonite with Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan; Alex’s Gibney Documentary Totally under control; At Max Barbakow Palm Springs with Andy Samberg; and Celine Sciamma Portrait of a lady on fire.
Following a fruitful collaboration on Me Tonya in January 2018, 30WEST partnered with Tom Quinn (founder and CEO) of NEON and Tim League (co-founder) to become majority investors in the company.
About Sandbox Movies
Sandbox Films is a multi-Emmy-nominated, mission-driven film company specializing in creative, groundbreaking documentaries grounded in scientific ideas that inform society and culture. Launching in 2020, our films include fire of love (dir. Sara Dosa), All the light, everywhere (director L’Anthony), and Fireball (dirs. Werner Herzog & Clive Oppenheimer), and premiered at top festivals around the world – including Sundance (where we won Jury Awards two years in a row), SXSW, Telluride, Tribeca, Toronto and CPH: DOX. Our films were subsequently acquired and released worldwide by major global platforms and distributors, including Netflix, National Geographic Documentary Films, Apple Original Films, NEON, BBC and PBS, among others. More at sandboxfilms.org.
About Intuitive Images
Based in Montreal, Intuitive Pictures is dedicated to producing innovative and engaging creative documentaries, narrative feature films and interactive projects in collaboration with international partners and for global audiences. We work with some of the most inspiring creative talents around the world. Veteran producer/executive producer Ina Fichman leads the company. Over the years, our productions have premiered at top festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, SXSW, Venice, CPH:DOX, Hot Docs, TIFF, Locarno and many more. They were screened on platforms and networks around the world.
About Cottage M
Cottage M is an independent production house focused on developing films that push the boundaries of conventional forms in order to tell timeless stories. Founded by Oscar-nominated and Peabody Award-winning producer Shane Boris, Cottage M specializes in creative development, helping innovative and inspiring filmmakers find their voice and their audience. Cottage M Films has premiered at festivals like Sundance, Tribeca, and Locarno, screened at museums like MOMA, and been acquired by platforms like Netflix, HBO, and PBS. Boris was recently named by DOC NYC as one of the “40 under 40” working in documentary. He is also co-founder of Joon, a multidisciplinary incubator.