One-hundred eighty years after the actual events depicted in OUT OF LIBERTY, Garrett Batty, the writer-director of the film announced today the film will play a limited nationwide release on Monday, November 18 and Wednesday, November 20 in 50 theaters across the country. For a list of theater locations, visit http://outofliberty.com/locations/.
Produced by Three Coin Productions and distributed by Purdie Distribution and Samuel Goldwyn Films, OUT OF LIBERTY tells the true story of Liberty, Missouri jailer Samuel Tillery. Tasked with guarding Missouri’s most wanted – founders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith and Sidney Rigdon – as they awaited their court hearing in the winter of 1839 on charges of treason and an extermination order from Missouri Governor Lilburn W. Boggs. The film stars Jasen Wade (17 Miracles, Cokeville Miracle), as Samuel Tillery and Brandon Ray Olive (Logan Lucky) as Joseph Smith. It also features Corbin Allred (The Saratov Approach) as Porter Rockwell and Casey Elliott (musical group GENTRI) as Hyrum Smith.
“This is an incredibly dramatic, true story set against the backdrop of a small frontier town in Missouri that explores one man’s personal commitment to duty, honor and integrity despite the unrelenting pressure from his friends and local townsfolk to do the opposite,” says Garrett Batty, the film’s writer/director.
Based on actual recorded events, OUT OF LIBERTY depicts how Tillery is caught between the locals’ desire to exact their own form of ‘frontier justice’ on the prisoners and the prisoners’ efforts to survive. Like Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Tillery is pushed to his limits in a classic struggle between his own sense of duty and peer pressure.
“It has been an absolute honor to bring this important film to a nationwide audience,” said Brandon Purdie, president of Purdie Distribution. “I am deeply grateful to the theater chains that recognize the importance of OUT OF LIBERTY and independent film, and are willing to bring it to their audiences.”
Described by critics as “vital and alive,” Batty is still amazed by the story’s present-day importance. “It was incredible to discover the similarities between today, and a time in history when people often based their judgment strictly on hearsay or bias, without considering truth or intent.” Not wanting to give away too much, Batty says, “The complex characters and cinematic events at Liberty will captivate theatrical audiences. And those audiences may not know that even after Joseph Smith and the other church leaders left Liberty Jail in 1839, they had to remain in hiding for fear of losing their lives. Now, exactly 180 years later, having a film that tells the story of their incarceration and survival welcomed into theaters across the country, is nothing short of miraculous. With OUT OF LIBERTY, we remember their sufferings, we celebrate their revelations, and we honor their deliverance. And we invite you to join in doing the same.
THREE COIN PRODUCTIONS:
Three Coin Productions is an independent production company dedicated to elevating cinema through authentic, character-driven, inspiring stories. Led by Garrett Batty, Three Coin Productions first produced SCOUT CAMP, followed by the independent hit THE SARATOV APPROACH, which played for over six months in theaters across the country. FREETOWN—the ambitious civil war drama set in Liberia—was a groundbreaking film in its market and was an official selection at the 2015 Pan-African Film Festival prior to its national theatrical release. In addition to their feature work, Three Coin Productions has produced numerous documentaries, television pilots, and high-end commercials.
Purdie Distribution is an independently owned film distribution company known for releasing independent films nationwide. Established in 2011, Purdie Distribution led the distribution of SAINTS AND SOLDIERS: AIRBORNE CREED and THE VOID, THE SARATOV APPROACH, FREETOWN, MEET THE MORMONS, ONCE I WAS A BEEHIVE, THE STRAY and is generally focused on films that elevate the human experience. Founder Brandon Purdie played a key role in the establishment of the
family and faith-based film market with his previous work on the release of SAINTS AND SOLDIERS, THE WORK AND THE GLORY trilogy, and FOREVER STRONG.
SAMUEL GOLDWYN FILMS:
Samuel Goldwyn Films is a major, independently owned and operated motion-picture company that develops, produces and distributes innovative feature films and documentaries. The company is dedicated to working with both world-renowned and emerging writers/filmmakers and committed to filmed entertainment that offers original voices in uniquely told stories. This is best exemplified by the Academy Award® nominated THE SQUID AND THE WHALE and SUPER SIZE ME, AMAZING GRACE and Julie Delpy’s hit comedy 2 DAYS IN PARIS. Past Goldwyn titles include: HARRY BROWN starring Michael Caine, the box office smash FIREPROOF and the 2010 independent hit MAO’S LAST DANCER. Samuel Goldwyn Films also released THE WHISTLEBLOWER, a powerful, ripped-from-the-headlines thriller starring Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz, and the 2012 critics’ darling ROBOT & FRANK, starring Academy Award® nominee Frank Langella and Academy Award® winner Susan Sarandon.