Shadow and Act can exclusively reveal that Kino Lorber has acquired the documentary The Changin’ Times of Ike White, and we have a trailer and poster for the upcoming film. Kino Lorber has acquired U.S. distribution rights for the Daniel Vernon film and will release it Dec 4 in theaters and virtual cinemas through Kino Marquee. The deal was negotiated by Kino Lorber SVP Wendy Lidell and Vesna Cudic, Head of Sales & Acquisitions at MetFilm Sales.
Here’s the official description: Serving a life sentence for murder in the early 1970s, music prodigy Ike White had plenty of time to perfect his musical talent, but no hope of putting it to use in the outside world. Ike’s skills were exceptional enough, though, that his story captured the media’s attention. From this notoriety, he was able to record an album inside the prison with big-time producer Jerry Goldstein (War, Sly and the Family Stone). Superstar Stevie Wonder lobbied successfully for Ike’s early release from prison. With an acclaimed album under his belt and the support of Wonder and others in the industry, Ike was poised for stardom. But, instead, he went off the grid for over 40 years. Daniel Vernon’s mesmerizing new documentary is unpredictable and moving, echoing the strange journey of Ike White and scored with tracks from his one released album.
After release, the film will be available for streaming on KinoNow.com and home video in 2021. The film is produced by Vivienne Perry and Rachel Hooper and co-produced by Lana Goodman.
Check out the poster and trailer below:
Photo: Kino Lorber