LOS ANGELES (Sept. 7, 2006)–National Geographic Films has taken a partnership stake in this year’s Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner “God Grew Tired of Us,” it was announced by Adam Leipzig, president of National Geographic Films. NGF will integrate National Geographic’s many program resources, extensive audience outreach and multiple media platforms into the marketing campaigns for the film domestically and internationally as well as providing funds to finish the film for its upcoming theatrical release. Newmarket Films is the North American distributor of “God Grew Tired of Us.”
Narrated by Nicole Kidman, directed by Christopher Quinn, co-directed by Tommy Walker, “God Grew Tired of Us,” a National Geographic Films/LBS Production, chronicles the incredible odyssey of three young Sudanese men in the strange new world of America and how they strive toward a brighter future. Molly Bradford Pace, Christopher Quinn and Tommy Walker produced the film, which takes “lost boys” John, Daniel and Panther on a great adventure — from surviving Africa’s harsh adversities to confronting the culture shock of settling in Syracuse, N.Y., and Pittsburgh, Pa. Peter Gilbert, Brad Pitt, Steven Rosenbaum, Adam Schlesinger and Jack Schneider executive produced; Eric Gilliland, Catherine Keener and Dermot Mulroney co-produced.
“National Geographic’s aim is always to inspire people to care about the planet. ‘God Grew Tired of Us’ delivers an inspirational story with an unparalleled emotional punch,” said Tim Kelly, president, National Geographic Ventures.
“This extraordinary movie illuminates America with the fresh eyes of three men coming out of Africa and brings us a renewed vision of our country and the world. It is deeply moving, optimistically life affirming — and also amazingly funny,” said Leipzig. “From the moment we saw it we wanted to be involved, not just domestically, but internationally. Its subject is close to the hearts of National Geographic’s loyal worldwide audience, and our in-depth collaboration will enable the film to reach moviegoers around the world in a way no other partnership could.”
William Weil, executive vice president, strategy, Marketing and Entertainment Group, NGV, and Kattie Evans, vice president, acquisitions & production, NGF, were involved with Leipzig in designing and negotiating National Geographic Film’s inclusive involvement with “God Grew Tired of Us.”
National Geographic Films, which acquires, develops and produces theatrical motion pictures, is a division of National Geographic Ventures, a wholly owned, taxable subsidiary of the National Geographic Society, one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations in the world. NGF co-presented “March of the Penguins,” which grossed more than $77 million, making it the second-highest grossing documentary ever. The epic adventure won the 2005 Best Documentary Oscar and was named Best Documentary Film of 2005 by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and National Board of Review.
Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society works to inspire people to care about the planet. National Geographic Ventures includes National Geographic Television production and distribution, National Geographic Television International, National Geographic Giant Screen Films, Kids TV, National Geographic Home Entertainment, and Digital Media business development, comprising Digital Motion (formerly the Film Library), Nationalgeographic.com and National Geographic Maps. NGV creates and distributes content across multi-platforms and media providing outlets for the hundreds of scientific and expedition-based grants awarded each year. For more information, go to nationalgeographic.com.