If you aspire to being on Oprah, and you’re a documentary filmmaker, here is your chance. OWN has entered into a partnership with ro*co productions, a division of ro*co films international, a renowned documentary film distribution company, to identify select documentaries for OWN.
ro*co films international has distributed eight Oscar? nominated or Oscar? winning feature documentaries including Born into Brothels, The Garden, Jesus Camp, No End in Sight, Promises, Regret to Inform, Street Fight and The Weather Underground.
The partnership will result in a documentary film club: a multi-platform experience including a primetime monthly documentary film series airing on the channel, an online community experience and exclusive footage on OWN.tv, as well as the opportunity for some documentaries to be presented as a nationwide theatrical screening event.
The “event” films will give the audience a festival experience by creating communities nationwide that can screen the film together and participate in a live, moderated panel discussion. OWN will spotlight cinematic documentaries that can inspire and entertain, as well as provide opportunities for the audience to engage with each film’s emotionally gripping, universally important themes.
“There is a wide-ranging audience hungry for access to profound documentaries of substance and originality,” said ro*co founder Annie Roney. “Our partnership with OWN will bring these films to a broader audience, but it doesn’t stop there; community discourse and engagement is encouraged and supported as soon as the final credits roll.”
Annie Roney launched ro*co films international in 2000. After nine years working in documentary distribution, she began ro*co films international with a single Oscar? nominated film, Regret to Inform and has since compiled a catalog of feature documentaries. Ms. Roney is joined by President of ro*co productions, Sue Turley, who has contributed to the growth of ro*co films international since its inception and has several film projects in production.
“Documentary films have the power to entertain, educate, and engage the world, one film at a time,” said Ms. Turley. “We are thrilled to be working with the incredibly talented team at OWN. They believe in documentaries and have committed their network to bringing these amazing stories to the world.”