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Byron Allen’s Freestyle Digital Media Set To Distribute Beyond The Brink, Brand New Documentary From Renowned Filmmaker, Jim Thebaut

This April, witness firsthand how California’s evolving water crisis is a growing threat to our National Security in its capacity of providing healthy food to our Nation and world.

LOS ANGELES, CA, January 29, 2018 – Byron Allen’s Freestyle Digital Media, a subsidiary of his Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to the new documentary film, Beyond The Brinkcreated, directed and produced by renowned documentarian, filmmaker and journalist, Jim Thebaut. The upcoming release is set for this April, just in time for Earth Day. Freestyle will be responsible for network television broadcasts, cable, DVD, and all VOD platforms around the world.

Throughout the 90 minute journey, Beyond The Brink dives deep into the intricacies of the water and food nexus, while it highlights the evolving implications on a National Security threat through the lens of California’s San Joaquin Valley. The documentary elaborates on the business of California’s agriculture; how the Golden State currently produces more than half of the country’s food and vegetables, with San Joaquin being the number one agricultural region in the nation. California is, after all, the leading provider of dairy, produce and beef in the United States.

Beyond the Brink teaches us about the Mediterranean Ecosystem, which bestows a different set of challenges faced that are associated with our water crisis. California is one in five regions of the world to be blessed with semi-arid Mediterranean climate, a rare condition providing the ecological/food basket foundation for the National Security importance of the Valley’s sustenance in supplying Earth’s healthy food. This includes 80-90% of the world’s almonds and pistachios. Beyond The Brink also tackles the constraints in generating a sustainable water supply for the Valley and beyond, and hits upon the following pivotal subject matters, and more:

●      The Delta

●      Watershed

●      Agriculture

●      Groundwater and Aquifers

●      Hydrology

●      Regulations

●      Global Impact

●      Solutions in Solving the Water Scarcity and Contamination Crisis

●      Applied Science & Decision Making

“I truly admire Beyond The Brink and appreciate that such passionate filmmakers like

Jim exist – those who spend their lives bringing to light such important topics often ignored,” says Miguel Johnson, Acquisition Manager at Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures/Freestyle Digital Media. “My team and I are thrilled to distribute Beyond The Brink, and are looking forward to releasing it this spring.”

Be sure to watch Beyond The Brink on DVD and/or VOD this April, and for the latest updates, follow Jim Thebaut on Instagram!

For more information, or to interview Jim Thebaut, please contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR, a full service Branding, Marketing, and Public Relations firm at 310-441-1000 or Eileen@ekcpr.com. Visit www.EKCPR.com.

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About Jim Thebaut:

Jim Thebaut is an accomplished and experienced educator, environmental planner, journalist, world traveler, executive producer of documentaries and films, and ambassador of diplomacy and public policy. For over three decades, he has educated, motivated and entertained diversified international audiences through his socially significant and acclaimed films, producing documentaries and segments for CBS, ABC News, HBO, A&E, and many other major networks.

In 1998, Jim co-founded The Chronicles Group, a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) corporation with a focus on educating the public through media about profound issues that affect both human and ecological systems.

Some of Jim’s previous works include The Cold War and Beyond (2002) and HBO’s The Iceman Tapes: Conversations with a Killer (1992) – the basis for the 2012 theatrical film, The Iceman (which Jim executive produced), starring Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, and James Franco.

Beyond the Brink is the third film in a series that Jim created detailing our Nation’s water crisis, following Running Dry (2005), a documentary that was crucial in getting the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act passed, and The American Southwest, Are We Running Dry? (2008).

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