Lionsgate announced it has acquired domestic distribution rights to Deliver Us From Evil, a documentary about a pedophile Catholic priest whose serial rapes were known to, and concealed by, the American Church for over 30 years. The feature film debut by Emmy Award-winning writer/director Amy Berg, Deliver Us From Evil made its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival, where it won the top nonfiction prize, the Target Documentary Award. Deliver Us From Evil is slated for a Fall 2006 release.
"Deliver Us From Evil is a powerful and important film, and we at Lionsgate are very proud to be associated with it," said Tom Ortenberg, Lionsgate President of Theatrical Films. "Clearly this is an unusually emotional story, and Amy Berg handles it with great restraint and sensitivity. Yet she does not flinch in her reporting, and has created a devastating portrait of a sexual predator and the official culture that enabled him to victimize the children and families that trusted him. We believe the tremendous response we saw at the L.A. Film Festival is going to be echoed throughout the country."
Said Berg, "Lionsgate has no peer as an advocate of topical documentaries, and I'm gratified by their commitment to my film. They understand the intricacies of marketing a film like this, and I know they'll spare no effort in bringing Deliver Us From Evil to the widest possible audience."
Deliver Us From Evil traces the destructive path of Father Oliver O'Grady, the most notorious pedophile priest in the modern history of the Catholic Church. Over the course of 20 years, O'Grady sexually molested hundreds of boys and girls in Northern California under the knowing eye of Church hierarchs, who simply shuttled him from one parish to the next. A broad spectrum of brave abuse survivors and Oliver O'Grady himself tell the whole truth of their stories and how their experiences impacted their lives. As it investigates how and why Church leaders like Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony allowed O'Grady's crimes to continue unchecked, Deliver Us From Evil uncovers answers that go all the way up to the Pope and all the way back to the Fourth Century.