Modern-Day Survival Story Sets Digital Debut on North American VOD Platforms April 26, 2022
Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group, has acquired North American VOD rights to the modern-day survival thriller feature film ARISAKA. ARISAKA will be available to rent and own on global digital HD internet, and satellite platforms on April 26, 2022 through Freestyle Digital Media.
Set in the historical Bataan trail that took the lives of so many Filipino and American soldiers during the World War II Bataan Death March, ARISAKA is a modern-day survival story of a woman who will push herself to the limit for truth and freedom.
When Bataan police officer, Mariano, was assigned as a convoy escort for a narco-list vice mayor headed to a press conference that could shake the entire Philippine government, she knew it would be a dangerous mission. However, she did not expect her own fellow cops to rub them out and shoot everyone dead in an attempt to stop the release of any damning information by the vice mayor. As the sole survivor of the rubout, a battered-and-bruised Mariano flees to the Bataan wilderness to avoid the clean-up party and to have a chance at shedding truth to what really happened. With the harsh wilds ahead of her and a police squad hot on her trail, Mariano must run and hide if she wants to live. While in the middle of nowhere, Mariano meets a young native girl, Nawi, who has the know-how to not only survive, but live in the wilderness. Thanks to Nawi’s help, Mariano may have just found a sliver of hope to make it out of the ordeal and tell her story. The cops hunting her down, however, are ruthless and will stop at nothing to ensure there are no witnesses left, even if it means involving Nawi and her family who have already been suffering the injustices against indigenous people by the authorities their whole lives. Fight or flight – Mariano must decide if she should escape with the truth or stand her ground to protect the brave girl who helped her.
Based on a story by Mikhail Red, ARISAKA was written by Anton Santamaria and directed by Mikhail Red. ARISAKA was produced by Paul Soriano and Mark Victor. The ensemble cast features: Maja Salvador (‘Mariano’), Mon Confiado (‘Sonny’), Shella Mae Romualdo (‘Nawi’) Art Acuna (‘Torejon’), Archi Adamos (‘Vice Mayor Rosales’), Apollo Abraham (‘Kong’), Michael Roy Jornales (‘Salome’), Kiel Rodriguez (‘Abay’), and Royce Cabera (‘Yang’).
“As a filmmaker and storyteller it has always been my goal to reach a wide audience and get my message across to as much people as I can,” said filmmaker Mikhail Red. It is exciting news that Freestyle Media has acquired our film through the help of Raven Banner. This provides a platform for ARISAKA in the U.S. and open up a new audience for our film. ARISAKA is a universal tale of survival and perseverance in the face of violence, injustice and abuse of power, I hope it inspires, resonates and engages our new viewers. “
Freestyle Digital Media negotiated the deal to acquire ARISAKA directly with James Fler and Michaelangelo Masangkay at Raven Banner Entertainment.
About Freestyle Digital Media
The digital distribution unit of Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group, Freestyle Digital Media, is a premiere multi-platform distributor with direct partnerships across all major cable, digital and streaming platforms. Capitalizing on a robust infrastructure, proven track record and a veteran sales team, Freestyle Digital Media is a true home for independent films. Recent releases include BEST SUMMER EVER the teen musical featuring a fully integrated cast and crew of people with and without disabilities, produced by Jamie Lee Curtis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson, THE WEDDING YEAR starring Sarah Hyland and Anna Camp, THE LAST PHOTOGRAPH starring Danny Houston, BERSERK starring Nick Cannon, UNTOGETHER starring Jamie Doran, Jemima Kirke, Ben Mendelsohn, Alice Eve and Billy Crystal. Other Freestyle titles include the action-comedy BETTER START RUNNING starring Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons and Maria Bello, THE BACHELORSstarring Academy Award-winner J.K. Simmons, Julie Delpy and Odeya Rush, the award-winning documentary HONDROS produced by Jamie Lee Curtis and Jake Gyllenhaal, horror documentary DEMON HOUSE starring Zak Bagans, host of Travel Channel’s highest rated show Ghost Adventures, sci-fi thriller THE RECALLstarring Wesley Snipes, MILES starring Molly Shannon and Paul Reiser and the animated feature HELL & BACK starring Nick Swardson, Mila Kunis and Bob Odenkirk.
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