LOS ANGELES, May 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Giving individuals the chance to support a true military hero, OWNZONES Media Network is streaming Circa's powerful documentary, "SABER ROCK: An Afghan Interpreter. An American Hero," with a one-of-a-kind offer: a portion of every on-demand download will help fund the U.S. return of the charismatic translator who risked his life for over a decade with the U.S. Marines fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.
With $1 of every $2.99 download donated to a foundation committed to helping bring Saber Rock back from harm's way in Afghanistan, viewers can watch the film now at OWNZONES.com/SaberRockMovie, "SABER ROCK" can also be downloaded on the following platforms: IOS, Android (Google Play), Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire and Roku. The documentary is available following its limited theatrical run in Los Angeles and New York.
"SABER ROCK" chronicles the unbelievable lengths one man is willing to go and the sacrifices he makes to help coalition forces retake his country from the Taliban. Saber Rock is an expert translator with a command of seven Middle Eastern languages and an undeniable charisma. He is a young but battle hardened veteran when he is assigned to work with a small hand-picked team of U.S. Marines deploying to one of the most violent regions in the country, where his inspiring work puts him in serious risk. As his successes mount, the team receives intelligence that the Taliban has put a bounty on his head, yet Rock refuses to back down, telling the Marines he will never leave Helmand until they do.
The Saber Rock documentary marks the first venture between OWNZONES, the upstart global over-the-top (OTT) technology, distribution and content provider, and Circa, the fast growing, mobile friendly, video-driven news and entertainment brand for millennial consumers, since the two companies announced a global distribution agreement earlier this year. Circa and the film's producers, Locastro Design, is making "SABER ROCK" available to the widest possible audience.
"We are thrilled to both share the courageous story of Saber Rock and help bring this hero home," said Doug Lee, Head of Programming at OWNZONES. "The documentary's unique approach does a wonderful job of shedding light on the compassion the Marines demonstrate toward Afghan people, especially the children. Saber Rock's accomplishments in building schools and sharing positive coalition messages are that much more remarkable when you realize the Taliban had put a bounty on his head."
Directed, produced and edited by documentarian journalists and brothers Matthew and Thomas Locastro, "SABER ROCK" premiered May 19 at the Laemmle's Royal Theatre in Santa Monica, CA, as well as at the IFC Center in New York City and the Film Noir Cinema in Brooklyn, NY.
Circa has produced more than half a dozen short-form documentaries which have aired on Circa.com (as well as on Facebook and were incorporated into Sinclair Broadcast Group's newscasts) during its first 10 months, including one that captured the best short-form documentary last summer at the Anthem Film Festival. "SABER ROCK," which received a PG rating from the MPAA, is the first Circa documentary to be shown in theaters and on OTT.
About Locastro Design
Locastro Design strives to craft stories so impactful you can physically feel them. They are a boutique DC area video production company that offers a wide range of services including ad development, documentary filmmaking and large scale inaugural videography. They use steadicams, gimbals and rare exoskeletons to provide their clients with the most dynamic and compelling footage possible. Their founders are award winning documentary filmmakers whose scientific backgrounds fuel a fanatic attention to detail. The week of Circa's launch, the Locastro's took home Best Short Documentary at a film festival for SEIZED. To learn more, visit www.LocastroDesign.com.
Circa is a fast growing mobile-first, video-centric news and entertainment portal that empowers independent-minded millennials to learn by consuming exclusive, compelling content, make up their own minds and then join the conversation and act on their beliefs. It's a one-stop depot to learn, think and do. Content is impactful, authentic and engaging and includes witty storytelling, in‐depth interviews, exclusive stories, laugh out loud humor, short videos and VR 360 footage delivered across multiple platforms to a generation preferring to customize their experience. Backed by Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in the U.S., Circa extends to a TV audience through Sinclair's' 505 channels in 81 markets, reaching 44.3 million homes. In Spring 2017, Circa will expand its international reach with video-on demand (VOD) channels in Europe. Follow Circa on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more, visit Circa.com.
About OWNZONES Media Network
OWNZONES Media Network is a leading hybrid technology and entertainment company and a global provider of technology and media solutions for the motion picture, television and digital content creation industries. The company's proprietary technology platform and integrated marketing and programming services offer content owners a single-source, end-to-end solution for delivering world class viewing experiences across all OTT platforms including web, mobile apps and connected devices. It also produces its own original programming targeting millennials and distributes content through its worldwide networks. Its clients include Comcast, Magnolia Pictures, British Pathe, Scripps, Amazon, SonyVue, Roku, CenturyLink, and Apple TV among others.
Sinclair is one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in the country. The Company owns, operates and/or provides services to 173 television stations in 81 markets, broadcasting 505 channels and having affiliations with all the major networks. Sinclair is the leading local news provider in the country, as well as a producer of live sports content. Sinclair's content is delivered via multiple-platforms, including over-the-air, multi-channel video program distributors, and digital platforms. The Company regularly uses its web site as a key source of Company information, which can be accessed at www.sbgi.net.
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