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Greenwich Steps Up to Bat On Billy Corben’s "Screwball"

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Greenwich Entertainment and rakontur announced that Greenwich has acquired U.S. rights to Screwball directed by Billy Corben (Cocaine Cowboys).  The surreal documentary about the Alex Rodriguez/Biogenesis doping saga made its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

After receiving rave review from the TIFF, Screwball played at DocNYC wowing the hometown crowd. Corben and Alfred Spellman produced under their rakontur banner (The U, Dawg Fight).

Penned by Corben and David Cypkin, Screwball is a true-crime dramedy investigating Major League Baseball's infamous doping scandal involving a nefarious clinician and his most famous client: the New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez.  Greenwich is planning a theatrical release in the spring of 2019 at the start of the new MLB season.


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"Billy Corben's wildly entertaining doc is his latest look at a perverse pursuit of the American Dream," said Greenwich's Andy Bohn.  "As Variety noted, Screwball 'suggests what might result if the Monty Python troupe were given carte blanche to produce an investigative report for 60 Minutes.'"

Corben added, "There's nothing like seeing a comedy in the theater and sharing the laughter with your fellow filmgoers. It's been a blast watching film festival audiences react to Screwball and I'm so psyched that Greenwich will bring this experience nationwide."

30WEST negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers with Greenwich Entertainment. 

About Greenwich Entertainment

Founded in 2017, Greenwich Entertainment is an independent film distribution company specializing in distinctive, theatrical-quality narrative and documentary features.  The company recently released Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi's and Jimmy Chin's Free Solo, which had the highest grossing opening weekend PTA for a documentary in history, Matt Tyrnauer's Scotty & the Secret History of Hollywood, Isabel Coixet's The Bookshop, Sasha Waters Freyer's Garry Winogrand:  All Things are Photographable, Alison Chernick's Itzhak, Jennifer Peedom's Mountain and Lorna Tucker's Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist.


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Upcoming releases include Claus Rafle's The Invisibles, Jeremy Workman's The World Before Your  Feet and Jan Zabeil's Three Peaks.  Greenwich is led by an experienced management team that has overseen over 300 theatrical releases generating more than $225 million in US box office and garnering 19 Oscar nominations. 

About rakontur

rakontur is an Emmy and Peabody-award winning Miami media studio founded by Alfred Spellman and Billy Corben in 2000. The company has produced a dozen feature documentaries and miniseries, including the cult classic Cocaine Cowboys franchise and two of the highest-rated and most acclaimed films in ESPN's 30 for 30 series, The U and Broke.

About 30WEST

30WEST provides capital and strategic guidance to high caliber creative projects and forward-thinking companies operating throughout popular culture. Its media practice works with filmmakers to guide every stage of creative packaging, production, sales, distribution and licensing in order to maximize production quality and audience reach. 30WEST was founded in 2017 and earlier this year acquired a majority stake in fast rising film distributor, NEON.

Recent projects include:  Craig Gillespie's Academy Award nominated I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie, Wash Westmoreland's Colette, starring Keira Knightley, Michael Pearce's acclaimed thriller Beast; Karyn Kusama's Destroyer, starring Nicole Kidman; and Peter Hedges Ben Is  Back starring Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges.  The company is currently in post-production on Nisha Ganatra's Late Night, starring Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson.

 

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