Topic Acquires North American Rights to Documentary Feature "Eli: A Dog In Prison"

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Topic, the streaming service from First Look Media, announced they have acquired North American rights to the documentary Eli: A Dog In Prison for an August 12th world premiere on Vimeo On-Demand and on Topic August 26, 2021.

Nora Mandray and Jason B. Kohl direct and produce the story of a future seeing eye dog unlike any other. 

Eli is a rambunctious but loveable Labrador puppy who turns three convicted felons' world upside down when he arrives at their prison cell. The film follows the three prisoners, who form an unlikely bond as they struggle to transform Eli into a highly-disciplined guide dog in just twelve months, all while charting their own an uncertain path to rehabilitation in the broken American prison system.


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"We are honored to be the home of Eli: A Dog In Prison's world premiere," said Ryan Chanatry, General Manager of Topic.  "With the American prison system rightfully at the forefront of the national discourse, Elishows us a perspective unlike any we've seen.  As Eli himself warms hearts, Nora and Jason weave a story that will open eyes and spark important conversations about inequality in the system and what must change."

"We are excited to share this intimate story of redemption in the unlikeliest of places," said Jason B. Kohl, one of the film's directors. "We hope it will encourage audiences to show more compassion to the people trapped inside of our justice system, and to reconsider the harshness of their sentences."


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Jennifer Liang, VP of Acquisitions at Topic, negotiated the deal with The Film Sales Company. The Film Sales Company is handling international sales. The film is executive produced by Sophie Robinson, director of NETFLIX's Emmy Nominated My Beautiful Broken Brain.

About TOPIC

Topic features North American premieres and programming from around the world, complemented by a diverse slate of Originals including documentaries, scripted comedies and dramas, discussion shows, and more. With exclusive TV series and films that take you to more than 40 countries, Topic showcases an unparalleled diversity of creators, perspectives, and experiences. We prioritize bold storytelling, champion underrepresented voices, and believe that entertainment should expand your view of the world.


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Topic's Original productions include the Sundance 2021 docuseries Philly D.A., Academy Award® nominee The Letter Room (directed by Elvira Lind and starring Oscar Isaac), Call Center Blues (directed by Geeta Gandbhir), Chris Gethard's Beautiful/Anonymous, and Release (created/directed by Joe Penna & Ryan Morrison).

Topic Entertainment from First Look Media, includes Topic Studios, which develops, finances, and produces content for all platforms, and our rapidly growing streaming service, Topic


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Topic is available to US and Canadian audiences on topic.com, AppleTV & iOS, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android, and Amazon Prime Video Channels, with more coming soon.


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