NEW YORK, Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- "Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace," the poignant and compelling new documentary about the behind-the-scenes negotiations that led to the 1979 Camp David Peace Treaty will be distributed by Executive Program Services (EPS) and will air on public television stations nationwide beginning January 1, 2012. The film is about the interplay between the official government channels and the men who acted largely behind the scenes of the peace process between Egypt and Israel - men who risked everything - even their lives – in the pursuit of peace.
"We are very excited to announce the television distribution of 'Back Door Channels' with Executive Program Services," says Producer Matthew Tollin. "It is important for us to be able to share this story so everyone can understand what is going on in the Middle East and what tomorrow may bring."
The Middle East has been at the center of violence and upheaval for millennia. Tracing the confluence of factors that led to the Camp David Accords and ensuing peace treaty of 1979, the film examines the powerful personalities - Menachem Begin, Anwar El-Sadat, and Jimmy Carter - that drove the peace process. In their review of the film, The New York Times points out, "['Back Door Channels'] reminds us what it takes to resolve the seemingly unresolvable: a total commitment from heads of state willing to put themselves at risk." The film also unravels the secret liaisons, communications, and third-party players who held important yet seldom understood roles in forging this history – Henry Kissinger, Wolf Blitzer, and Leon Charney.
Alan Foster, CEO of Executive Program Services says, "This may be the most important film on television this year in light of how rapidly the world political scene is changing."
In its review of the film, Variety called "Back Door Channels" "riveting" and "enthralling." The film was produced by Matthew Tollin and Arick Wierson and directed by multi-Emmy award-winning director Harry Hunkele. The film is being released by Fisher Klingenstein Films.
Billionaire businessman Leon Charney, featured in the film as a 'back channel' says, "The most important thing you can do in the world today is create peace in the Middle East and that opportunity is on the table for the first real time in 30 years. It would be a travesty to miss it."
"Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace" opened theatrically in New York City on September 16th at the Quad Theater, and will open at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles on October 14th.
About Executive Program Services (EPS)
Executive Program Services, Inc. (EPS) is a distributor of high quality programming to all public television stations in the United States. Founded by two former PBS programming executives, Alan Foster and Dick Hanratty, EPS has become, to those stations, a trusted source of programs for the past ten years. EPS distributes approximately 250 hours of programming each year. EPS is a Virginia corporation with a West Coast office near Seattle.
About Fisher Klingenstein Films
Fisher Klingenstein Films is a new film acquisition and distribution company led by veteran producer/financiers Danny Fisher, Jack Fisher and Alan Klingenstein. The company has been actively acquiring films and television series for distribution in all media. Danny and Jack Fisher were the founders of noted film and television company City Lights Media. Alan Klingenstein, formerly head of Filbert Steps, has produced award winning films such as the acclaimed "Trumbo."
About Channel Production Films
Channel Production Films is an independent production company, founded by the Emmy award-winning team—Matthew Tollin and Arick Wierson— that built NYC Media Group in New York for Michael Bloomberg, leading it to a record 160 Emmy® nominations and 42 Emmy® awards in six years. The company is centered on the documentary film and television space and focuses on poignant and impactful stories of people and events, which have far-reaching, global repercussions yet relay an intimate human dimension.
SOURCE Fisher Klingenstein Films