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Parade Deck Films releases illuminating social justice documentary LETTER FROM MASANJIA in theaters across North America

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Parade Deck will begin theatrical run on September 14 with Gravitas Ventures VOD/Digital release to follow later this year

Coming off of a wildly successful festival run and excellent enthusiastic early critical reviews – Leon Lee’s “Letter From Masanjia” has been hailed by audiences and critics alike as one of the best docs of 2018, taking home Audience Award for Documentary Feature at the 2018 Asian American International Film Festival and it was nominated as a top 20 audience favorite at this year’s Hot Docs Film Festival. 

A devastating tale of human rights violations in current day China with corporate giants across the globe receiving prisoner labor efforts for Halloween decorations, asking no questions in a price for pennies on the dollar. 

This is the tale of one political prisoners desperate plea to alert the world to horrors most of society sweeps under the carpet.

Parade Deck Films will open “Letter From Masanjia” theatrically in New York and Los Angeles beginning on September 14 and will expand into additional markets in the following weeks. 

Later this year Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, will bring the film to audiences across North America on VOD/Digital platforms on December 4.
“I’m thrilled to be partnering with Parade Deck and Gravitas Ventures on the release,” Lee said. “Letter from Masanjia reveals how our everyday purchases here in America are, sadly, often intertwined with human rights abuses in China and I am honored to bring this crucial story to a wide audience with such a great team."
“Making this documentary was an act of heroism in and of itself,” Tony Piantedosi, Director of Acquisitions at Gravitas Ventures, said. “Leon has crafted a moving and unflinching portrait, and we are proud to present Sun Yi’s story to audiences.”
Written and directed by internationally acclaimed filmmaker and Peabody Award winner, Leon Lee, this astonishing and riveting documentary follows the true story of an Oregon woman who finds a desperate SOS letter penned by a political prisoner in her Halloween decorations and the nail-biting chain of events that it sparks when she takes the letter public, exposing appalling flagrant human rights violations - that leads to sweeping labor reform in China. 

The impact of what those two unlikely heroes have accomplished is even more profound in today’s rapidly boiling over political climate, not just in China but around the rest of the world.

The theatrical release deal with Parade Deck Films was brokered by Flying Cloud Productions’ Leon Lee, and Parade Decks CEO, Michael Ingram. 

The VOD/Digital release deal with Gravitas Ventures was brokered by Tony Piantedosi. 

Cat & Docs will be handling international distribution.
To learn more about the film and to follow it on its journey go to the films website:


About Flying Cloud Productions
Flying Cloud Productions is a Canadian production company dedicated to creating socially-conscious and entertaining films with a focus on human rights in China. Spearheaded by filmmaker Leon Lee, director of the Peabody Award-winning documentary Human Harvest, Flying Cloud Productions’ films have been distributed around the world where they have opened viewers eyes to underreported stories and effected government policies. For more information: flyingcloud.ca
About Parade Deck Films
Parade Deck Films is a film sales and distribution company based out of Portland, Oregon, driven by a passion and love for films. Our focus is to distribute independent films of all genres among all digital platforms and physical formats to new and wide audiences around the world, while giving back to the community and supporters of independent filmmaking. We strive to provide easy access to the best of independent film for fans, a great partnership for artists, and an unparalleled outlet for those most passionate about film as a whole.

About Gravitas Ventures
Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, is a leading all rights distributor of independent feature films and documentaries. Founded in 2006, Gravitas connects independent filmmakers and producers with distribution opportunities across the globe. Working with talented directors and producers, Gravitas Ventures has distributed thousands of films into over a hundred million homes in North America - over one billion homes worldwide. Recent releases include Score: A Film Music Documentary; California Typewriter; Legion of Brothers; Katie Holmes’ feature directorial debut; All We Had, Colin Hanks’ All Things Must Pass; Being Evel from Academy Award winning director Daniel Junge and producer Johnny Knoxville; and For The Love of Spock from Director Adam Nimoy.

For more information, please visit gravitasventures.com, and follow @GravitasVOD on Twitter and @gravitasventures on Instagram.

About Red Arrow Studios
Red Arrow Studios is one of the world’s leading creators and distributors of entertainment content. Red Arrow Studios is comprised of 20 production companies in seven territories, including 10 companies based in the United States; world-leading multi-platform digital network Studio71, based in six countries; and global film and TV distributors Red Arrow Studios International and Gravitas Ventures.

The group’s significant output includes scripted, non-scripted and formatted content and IP, from TV and film to short-form and branded content, made for an array of global networks and platforms.

Red Arrow Studios is part of ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, one of Europe's leading media groups. For more information, please visit: redarrow.tv

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