PBS Acquires Steve James’ ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL, Plans a Spring Theatrical Release1:22 AM
|Vera Sung, Jill Sung, and Thomas Sung in a scene from |
ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL - a film by STEVE JAMES.
(Photo Credit: Sean Lyness)
From acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, Life Itself), "ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail" tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York.
The film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and also played the prestigious New York Film Festival and Chicago International Film Festival.
“It’s a true honor to work with Steve James and the teams at Kartemquin Films, Motto Pictures, and Mitten Media to bring ABACUS to a larger audience,” Erin Owens, Head of Theatrical Distribution for PBS Distribution, said. “The Sungs’ story is one of resilience and perseverance. Their determination to stand up for an entire immigrant community is both admirable and inspiring.”
“We are thrilled to be partnering with PBS Distribution on the theatrical release of ABACUS. We have a long history with public television and can think of no better home for this vitally important but, until now, untold story of the 2008 mortgage crisis,” Steve James said."ABACUS: Small Enough To Jail" is a Mitten Media, Motto Pictures, and Kartemquin Films Production for WGBH/FRONTLINE and Independent Television Service (ITVS).
The deal was negotiated by Amy Letourneau and Emily Rothschild of PBS Distribution and Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers.
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