First four films to stream on Music Box Direct, digital platforms in August; all titles streaming by end of 2021
Four films are slated to arrive on the distributor’s streaming channel, Music Box Direct, and major digital platforms later this month, with the release of the remaining titles to come. The acquisition marks the first time Mori’s most notable films will be available through a singular North American distributor and includes decades of films and series, from 1989 through to 2012.
The Oscar-nominated producer and director (1989’s Building Bombs, Best Documentary Feature) brings his catalogue of compelling, evocative documentary programs to Music Box Films following the company’s successful distribution of one of Mori’s recent feature documentaries, Bettie Page Reveals All. The first four titles Music Box Films will release on Music Box Direct and other digital platforms are:
- Building Bombs (1989) / Academy Award Nominee. Narrated by Jane Alexander, Directed by Mark Mori — Profound realities are revealed by those who live day-to-day in the shadow of America’s top-secret atomic bomb-making apparatus.
- Blood Ties: The Life and Work of Sally Mann (1994) / Academy Award nominee. Music by R.E.M., Directed by Steven Cantor, Executive Produced by Mark Mori – Explore the world of Sally Mann, the prominent and controversial photographer, and her attempts to chronicle the subtle truths of childhood on film.
- The Atlanta Child Murders (Director’s Cut, 2000) / Directed and Executive Produced by Mark Mori — Uncover the truth behind the 1980s case that rocked the nation following the apparent serial murders of at least 28 Black children, adolescents and adults.
Kent State: The Day the War Came Home (2000) / Emmy Award Winner. Executive Produced by Mark Mori, featuring music by Creedence Clearwater Revival and Jefferson Airplane. — The definitive story of the 1970 Kent State shootings as told by those who were there and are living with the consequences of the traumatic event.
In addition, Music Box Films will soon release Raw Footage (1997), the six-part documentary series hosted by Alec Baldwin; and Survivors (1998), a three-episode miniseries about those who escape dangerous disasters and life-threatening circumstances. Mori’s complete catalogue will be available on Music Box Direct and all major streaming platforms by the end of 2021.
“Mark has proven himself a dogged and accomplished documentarian over the years, creating films and series that not only inform and entertain but move audiences to action and activism,” said Music Box Films Director of Home Entertainment Lisa Holmes. “Our experience working with him on the release of Bettie Page Reveals All means we wholeheartedly embrace the opportunity to partner with Mark on ensuring his entire catalogue remains available to audiences on Music Box Direct and elsewhere.”
Added Mori, “I’m thrilled that Music Box Films is distributing my library and that my films, many of which have not been previously streamed, will be available to a wider audience than ever. It’s a rare pleasure to be able to work with such a wonderful distributor as Music Box.”
Mark Mori is an Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker, an Emmy Award winning TV producer and President of Single Spark Pictures. Mori’s notable projects include: Bettie Page Reveals All (Director/Producer, 2012), Best Documentary (Garden State and Cine-Kink Film Festivals); Building Bombs (Director/Producer, 1990), Academy Award nominee, Best Documentary Feature; Kent State, The Day the War Came Home (Executive Producer, 2000), Emmy Award, News and Current Affairs; Blood Ties the Life and Work of Sally Mann (Executive Producer, 1994), Academy Award nominee, Best Documentary Short Film; The Fire This Time (Co-Producer, 1994), Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize nominee and Writers Guild of America TV Currents Affairs Award nomination.
Mori has produced, directed and written documentaries series and specials for Fox TV, HBO, Showtime, BBC, PBS, Frontline, Turner Classic Movies, MTV, Discovery, A&E, Bravo, MSNBC, National Geographic Channel, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet and ZDF, including To Tell The Truth (Executive Producer, Co-Creator, 2016), for Turner Classic Movies, 50 classic documentaries hosted by Alec Baldwin; Raw Footage (Producer, Co-Creator, 1996-97), the first original series on IFC (Independent Film Channel), Alec Baldwin interviews independent filmmakers; The Atlanta Child Murders (Director/Executive Producer, 2000), Court TV; Dead North, (Supervising Producer, 2018) highly rated, four-hour documentary for Investigation Discovery.