Melora Walters’ Film DROWNING
Secures North American Release from Gravitas Ventures;
Film Debuts October 20 on all Digital VOD Platforms
Melora Walters, Gil Bellows, Jay Mohr, Joanna Going, Steven Swadling, Sergio Rizzuto and Mira Sorvino Star in Walters’ Second Film
Gravitas Ventures is set to release actress-turned-writer/director Melora Walters’ film DROWNING on all North American digital VOD platforms on October 20, 2020. All Cable, Satellite, Telco, and Digital TVOD and EST platforms and services will go live on October 20 including, on cable: InDemand and MSO’s; Comcast; Charter; Cox; Spectrum; Vubiquity; Verizon Fios; ATT U-Verse; DirecTV; Dish Network-IPVOD/EST; and Shaw in Canada, and on transactional digital including: iTunes; Amazon; GooglePlay; Microsoft X-Box; Vimeo; Sony PSN; Fandango; and Vudu. DVD and BD are also available.
Debuting in October 2019 at the Rome Film Festival and concluding its festival run it Italy this summer at The Marateale— among the first international film festivals to take place since the pandemic began—Walters took home “Best Director” and the festival also honored star Mira Sorvino with the “La Marateale International Award” for her career and her commitment to the advancement of women in film. DROWNING stars Walters (MAGNOLIA) directing her second feature (the first was this summer’s WATERLILY JAGUAR). The film also stars Emmyâ-winners Gil Bellows (PATRIOT) and Jay Mohr (GO); Joanna Going (KINGDOM),; Steven Swadling (KICKBOXER; THE CLEARING); Sergio Rizzuto (HARD KILL); and the Oscarâ-winning Mira Sorvino (MIGHTY APHRODITE, Hollywood). Rizzuto and Walters also serve as producers; and Swadling as an executive producer.
DROWNING recounts the story of a mother coming to terms with her emotions as her only son is deployed to war. Walters, whose son was deployed to Iraq and Syria, also wrote the film, inspired by her own experiences. The film explores the grief and depression that many families of service members struggle to reconcile with back at home. As such the film follows Rose (Walters) as she crosses paths with strangers and confides in close friends, grappling with her own faults to discover meaning in life.
Christopher Backus (JETT; WATERLILY JAGUAR), Sarah Butler (I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE), and Jim O’Heir (SMOTHERED BY MOTHERS) round out the cast. DROWNING was produced by Rizzuto for his Potato Eater Productions, Albert Chi, Rory Rooney, Walters, and Jerry Ying. Swadling served as an executive producer under his Room in the Sky Films production banner.
Walters is in the midst of a career high, having released her directorial debut WATERLILY JAGUAR in June, starred in the horror-Western THE PALE DOOR in August, co-starring in the current hit Hulu Original series PEN15, and is starring in PINK SKIES AHEAD, also debuting in October 2020.
Director/Writer: Melora Walters
Executive Producer: Steven Michael Swadling
Director of Photography: Christopher Soos
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