Sundance Film Festival Award-Winning BLOOD BROTHER Opens in Theatres Beginning October 18 via Tugg, Inc. In Collaboration with Sundance Institute Artist Services

Winner of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize
And Audience Award for Best Documentary

Austin, TX— August 27, 2013, BLOOD BROTHER, the Sundance Film Festival 2013 Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award-winner for best documentary, will be released theatrically this fall by Tugg, Inc ( BLOOD BROTHER will open in New York City at the Village East on October 18th and in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Royal on October 25th, and will simultaneously be available to audiences nationwide through Tugg’s unique platform for crowdsourcing events in movie theaters. Tugg and the BLOOD BROTHER filmmakers will collaborate with Sundance Institute Artist Services, a program which offers all Sundance Institute alumni the infrastructure to support funding, distribution and marketing, to help bring the film to a wider audience (

This is the first such collaboration between Tugg and Sundance Institute Artist Services.

The unmistakable power of love is celebrated in this story of one man’s decision to move to India and restart his life among the children living at an orphanage for those infected with HIV. Unlike others who simply passed through their lives, Rocky stayed, dedicating himself to their health and well being. Despite formidable challenges, his playful spirit and determination in the face of despair proves to be an invaluable resource. Director Steve Hoover—who is best friends with his subject—ventured to India to chronicle Rocky’s newfound life in this beautifully crafted and personal film.

The production company, Animal and filmmaking team behind BLOOD BROTHER will donate all profits from the film directly to the orphanage and other HIV/AIDS organizations. Additional fundraising opportunities are available using Tugg’s Fundraising Feature, which enables event hosts to support non-profit causes of their choice when screening the film.

“When we saw BLOOD BROTHER, we were immediately moved by the film’s ability to demonstrate the true depth of human compassion,” said Tugg Co-founders Nicolas Gonda and Pablo Gonzalez. “We look forward to collaborating with the BLOOD BROTHER team and Sundance Institute’s Artist Services program to share this incredibly moving and highly acclaimed documentary with audiences nationwide.”

For additional information about the film or to sign up to host a screening of BLOOD BROTHER in your town, please visit

Tugg, Inc.

Tugg, Inc. (“Tugg”) is a crowdsourcing platform that enables individuals, organizations and companies to host special events in theaters nationwide. Through Tugg, people are empowered to curate unique theatrical engagements with the support of their immediate and online community. With Tugg’s nationwide network of exhibitors, fans everywhere can showcase Tugg’s expansive library of studio and independent films.

Sundance Institute Artist Services

The Sundance Institute Artist Services program provides artists with exclusive opportunities for creative self-distribution, marketing and financing solutions for their work. The exclusive aggregation partner for distribution across all portals participating in the Artist Services program is Cinedigm. The Artist Services initiative is made possible by The Bertha Foundation. These deals were brokered via pro bono legal services generously provided by law firm O’Melveny & Myers, which has built the legal framework for the Artist Services program and participating filmmakers since its inception.


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