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Film focusing on America's war on drugs, featuring never-before-seen interviews from both sides of the policy debate, eyes early summer release.

Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, has acquired North American rights to Public Enemy Number One from Aletheia Films. Created and produced by Chris Chiari of King of Quality Productions, and directed by Robert Rippberger, Public Enemy Number One sheds light on the politics behind the war on drugs from Nixon to today. The film brings perspective and sanity to a fight that has cost billions of dollars amidst this constantly expanding, self-perpetuating policy disaster. Public Enemy Number One was most recently the recipient of the Best Producer and Storyteller awards at the DOCLA Festival, previously awarded to Martin Scorsese and John Legend.

Alongside an appearance by Ice-T and a group of renowned policy activists, the film also includes interviews with Drug Czars from the Nixon era to today, founders of the “Just Say No” movement and journalist Dan Baum, the writer who gained notoriety for reporting that Nixon started the war on drugs to delegitimize the anti-war movement and destabilize black communities during the Civil Rights movement. With much credit to producer Chris Chiari, this is the first time Mr. Baum and many of these subjects have ever appeared on camera.

“Robert’s film is a scathing reminder of the ongoing failure of the war on drugs, which North American audiences need to see in 2020,” said Tony Piantedosi, Vice President of Acquisitions at Gravitas Ventures.

Executive Producers include Ice T, Phil Viardo, Jeff Androsky of Natural 9 Entertainment, Wes Hull and Dave Lugo of El Ride Productions and Jerry Szycer. Negotiating the deal was Tony Piantedosi for Gravitas. The film is set for release June 2020.

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