EPIX(R) ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY, "THIS IS HOME: A REFUGEE STORY," TO AIR IN 2018 FOLLOWING WORLD PREMIERE AT SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
Alexandra Shiva-Directed Documentary, From Blumhouse and Gidalya Pictures,
Debuted January 20
As An Official Selection in Sundance Film Festival's World Cinema Documentary Competition
Park City, UT and New York, NY - January 22, 2018 - Fresh off of its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, This Is Home: A Refugee Story will make its television debut on the premium pay television network EPIX, an MGM company, later in 2018.
Directed by Alexandra Shiva (How to Dance in Ohio) and produced by Blumhouse and Gidalya Pictures, This is Home is an intimate portrait of four Syrian refugee families arriving in America and struggling to find their footing. Displaced from their homes and separated from loved ones, they are given eight months of assistance from the International Rescue Committee to become self-sufficient. As they learn to adapt to challenges, including the newly imposed travel ban, their strength and resilience are tested.
After surviving the traumas of war, the families arrive in Baltimore, Maryland and are met with a whole new set of challenges. They attend cultural orientation classes and job training sessions where they must "learn America" - everything from how to take public transportation to negotiating new gender roles.
This Is Home goes beyond the statistics, headlines, and political rhetoric to tell deeply personal stories, putting a human face on the global refugee crisis.
This Is Home is directed and produced by Alexandra Shiva; producer Lindsey Megrue; executive producers Princess Firyal of Jordan, Jason Blum, Patty Quillin; editor Toby Shimin; director of photography Laela Kilbourn; composer T. Griffin; co-executive producers Marci Wiseman, Jeremy Gold, Yvonne Huff Lee and Jason Delane Lee; co-producer Stu Pollard. For EPIX: executive producers Jocelyn Diaz and Jill Burkhart; producer Valerie Bishop Pearson. The film is a Gidalya Pictures production in association with Blumhouse.
About Gidalya Pictures:
Gidalya Pictures is a Manhattan-based documentary production company founded by award-winning filmmaker Alexandra Shiva. The company is known for its intimate cinema verite style documentaries, including the Peabody Award winning "How to Dance in Ohio", "Stagedoor" and "Bombay Eunuch".
About Blumhouse Television:
Blumhouse Television has earned critical acclaim and numerous honors for its dark, edgy fare including Emmy awards for its productions of HBO's "The Normal Heart" and "The Jinx," as well as the prestigious Peabody award for "The Jinx" and the documentary "How to Dance in Ohio." Blumhouse Television launched as an independent studio in 2017 with funding from ITV. Projects currently in various stages of production include "Secure and Hold," a limited series for Showtime based on journalist Gabriel Sherman's reporting on former Fox News chief, Roger Ailes, with Tom McCarthy writing and executive producing; "Sharp Objects," a limited series from Marti Noxon and Gillian Flynn for HBO based on Flynn's best-selling novel of the same name, starring Amy Adams and directed by Jean-Marc Valle; and "The Purge," from writer/director/producer James DeMonaco based on the popular film franchise of the same name for USA and SYFY. Blumhouse Television is the latest venture from Jason Blum, founder of Blumhouse Productions, which is widely-recognized for its pioneering model of producing high-quality micro-budget films including "The Purge," "Get Out" and "Whiplash."
EPIX, an MGM company, is a premium pay television network, delivering the latest movie releases and biggest classic film franchises, plus original programming including series, documentaries, and comedy specials - all available on TV, on demand, online and across devices. Launched in October 2009, EPIX became profitable in its first year of existence and is now available nationwide to 70 million homes through cable, telco, satellite and emerging digital distribution platforms. A pioneer in the development and proliferation of "TV Everywhere," EPIX was the first premium network to provide multi-platform access to its content online at EPIX.com and to launch on Xbox, PlayStation(R), Android phones and tablets, and Roku(R) players. EPIX is also available across hundreds of consumer devices including Apple TV, iPhone and iPad, Amazon Fire TV, TiVo, Chromecast, and Android TV, delivering more movies than any other network with thousands of titles available for streaming. For more information about EPIX, go to www.EPIX.com. Follow EPIX on Twitter @EpixHd (http://www.twitter.com/EpixHD) and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EPIX), YouTube (http://youtube.com/EPIX), Instagram (http://instagram.com/EPIX) and Snapchat @EPIXTV.