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In Film News this week, Gravitas Ventures, an Anthem Sports & Entertainment Company, has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to Director Danny A. Abeckaser’s World War II drama, BARDEJOV. The powerful film stars Robert Davi, Danny A. Abeckaser, Kyle Stefanski, Dean Miroshnikov, Darren Weiss and Omer Hazan, and Emil A. Fish, among many other incredibly talented actors to comprise the expansive cast.  Written by Shmuel Lynn and directed by Danny A. Abeckaser, Gravitas Ventures will release the film with a theatrical run and on VOD in March 2024. BARDEJOV is Executive Produced by Yoav Gross and Produced by Holocaust Survivor Emil A. Fish, who was a 7 year old boy in Bardejov when these events took place.

Abeckaser, notable Director, Producer and Actor, was born in Israel and raised in New York. Also an active philanthropist, Abeckaser is known for roles in films such as The Irishman, The Iceman, LANSKY, Holy Rollers, and his own directed films Mob Town, I Love Us, Blackjack, and the currently streaming features released back to back this past August, The Engineer and Inside Man, both starring Emile Hirsch and produced by Abeckaser’s 2B Films in collaboration with Wild7 Films, among many other projects to date.

“I was honored to be asked to direct this film, which will hands down be the most important film I will ever direct. The story of Emil Fish and the Jews of Bardejov from 1942 warrants proper attention, to educate the world, those of all cultures, on just how horrific and unjust the treatment of Jews during the Holocaust was. This movie is meant to educate, and give accurate detail from the perspective of someone who lived through what actually happened. No sugar coating, just the truth, with elements of compassion and family integrated throughout.”  – Danny A. Abeckaser, Director 

“Gravitas is proud to be bringing the story of Bardejov to North American audiences this upcoming March. In this historically accurate retelling of the treatment of the Jews of the Slovak village of Bardejov during World War II, viewers will be able to have a glimpse into the atrocities that took place,” stated Bill Guentzler. 

Gravitas Ventures’ VP of Acquisitions, Bill Guentzler negotiated the deal with Paul Davidson on behalf of the filmmakers. 

Film score by award winning composer Lionel Cohen.

Gravitas Ventures 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. Their recent wide theatrical release ‘Mack & Rita’ starring Academy Award Winner Diane Keaton released under the new label Gravitas Premiere.  Recent Gravitas Venture releases include The King’s Daughter directed by Sean McNamara,Queen Bees directed by Michael Lembeck, Our Friend directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, starring Casey Affleck, Dakota Johnson, and Jason Segel,Vanguard, directed by Stanley Tong and starring Jackie Chan, The Secret: Dare to Dream, directed by Andy Tennant and starring Katie Holmes; For more information, please visit, and follow @GravitasVOD on Twitter and @gravitasventures on Instagram.

Anthem Sports & Entertainment Inc. is a global multi-platform media company with offices and studios in Toronto, Los Angeles, Denver, Nashville, New York, Kansas City and Cleveland. Anthem’s portfolio includes AXS TV, a leading music, entertainment and lifestyle television channel and digital media company; global film distribution company Gravitas Ventures; Fight Network, the world’s premier combat sports channel with broadcast distribution across 10+ countries and available globally through multiple OTT platforms; IMPACT Wrestling, one of the world’s leading wrestling organizations; Invicta Fighting Championships, the world’s premier all-women mixed martial arts promotion;  Game+, the leader in sports wagering, Esports and gaming content; GameTV, the home of game shows and competition-based reality series; and HDNet Movies, which features theatrically released films and documentaries. Anthem also has a significant ownership interest in Pursuit Channel, one of the top outdoor channels in the U.S. For more information, visit

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