Ignite Channel to release heartwarming tale of "TWINSTERS" theatrically beginning July 17th
New Independent Distributor Ignite Channel Brings Powerful Documentary “Twinsters” To Audiences Theatrically In More Than 40 Cities Domestically Beginning July 17th
(LOS ANGELES, CA—June 8, 2015) Ignite Channel brings the incredible tale of twins raised a world apart who’d discovered each others existence through YouTube and Facebook “Twinsters,” to cinemas throughout the country beginning at AMC Empire in New York on July 17th, at ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles on July 24th, and in many more US cities beginning July 31st.
The directorial debut by Samantha Futerman & Ryan Miyamoto, and edited by Jeff Consiglio (editor of the Oscar winning “Inocente”), “Twinsters” debuted at the 2015 SXSW to rapidly growing critical acclaim. “Twinsters” was both a SXSW Jury Award winner and Grand Jury nominee. A truly global story, “Twinsters” touches audiences through its powerful message of connection. Adopted from South Korea, raised on different continents first connected through social media, Samantha & Anaďs only became aware of each others’ existence at age 25 when French Anais stumbled across a YouTube video of the American Samantha.
“Such innovative and powerful storytelling is always at the forefront for the films we want to introduce to our guests. “Twinsters” is a revelation of technology bringing family together,” shares Gretchen McCourt, Executive Vice President, Cinema Programming, ArcLight Cinemas.
“Twinsters” was produced by Samantha Futerman, Kanoa Goo, Ryan Miyamoto, Jeff Consiglio, and Steve Brown (“Spark: A Burning Man Story”); and executive produced by Jenna Ushkowitz (“Glee”), Michael Scott Allen (“Hollows Grove”), Ignite Channel, Jason Morales, Lisa Arendarski, Robert Breech (“The Practice”), Larissa Nordyke, Jesse Yonover and VFR Films. “Twinsters” is a co-production of Ignite Channel and Small Package Films.
“Twinsters” July 31st markets include select theaters of Regal Entertainment, AMC Theatres, Cinemark, and ArcLight Cinemas in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, Chicago, Austin, Denver, Atlanta, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Detroit, Cincinnati, Columbus, Portland, Washington D.C., Jacksonville, New Orleans, Boston, Seattle, Spokane, San Diego, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Las Vegas, Houston, Nashville, Hartford, New Haven, Sarasota, Knoxville, Boca Raton, Albuquerque, Kansas City, Alexandria, Santa Fe, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Daytona Beach, Charlotte, Fresno, Bethesda, La Jolla, West Palm Beach, among others.
"The remarkable story of Samantha and Anais makes the possibilities of our connected age truly personal. They discovered each other from a YouTube video, connected through Facebook, and first met face-to-face through Skype. As these women explore their own identity and the meaning of family, we can't help but wonder what connection out there might change our own world,” states Ignite Channel’s Steve Brown.
Social media has continued to embrace the “Twinsters” story for it’s own. Facebook featured “Twinsters” as one of ten stories for the 10th anniversary of Facebook. Samsung featured the “Twinsters” story in a successful YouTube campaign that went viral with a combined 1.8 million views. Jenna Ushkowitz & Samantha Futerman have since partnered to form the Kindred Foundation for Adoption, a 501c3 non-profit supporting adoptees seeking to connect and learn. Additionally “Twinsters” stars Anaďs Bordier and Samantha Futerman wrote "Separated @ Birth: A True Love Story of Twin Sisters Reunited" which has been published by Penguin.
In February 2013, Anaďs Bordier, a French fashion student living in London, stumbled upon a YouTube video featuring Samantha Futerman, an actress in Los Angeles, and was struck by their uncanny resemblance. After discovering they were born on the same day in Busan, Korea and both put up for adoption, Anaďs reached out to Samantha via Facebook. In “Twinsters,” we follow Samantha and Anaďs’ journey into sisterhood, witnessing everything from their first meeting, to their first trip back to Korea where their separation took place. “Twinsters” explores the meaning of family and connection through a story that would have been impossible just 10 years ago without social media.
Over the past six decades, at least 200,000 Korean children have been adopted into families in more than 15 countries, with a vast majority living in the United States. There are 5 million adoptees in the US. 60% of Americans have been touched by adoption.
ABOUT Ignite Channel Ignite Channel is an independent media company devoted to stories with cultural impact. "Twinsters" (2015) and "Poached" (2015) both premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and will be released in theaters later this year. “Occupy The Farm” (2014) is completing a 50-city theatrical run. “Socotra: The Hidden Land” (2014) continues to play in international film festivals. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area and founded by Steve Brown, Ignite Channel produces several documentaries a year. Brown’s first film, "Spark: A Burning Man Story," premiered in 2013 at the SXSW Film Festival before a theatrical release and distribution on Showtime, Netflix and video-on-demand.