Kino Lorber announces new doc acquisition/THE CHANGIN' TIMES OF IKE WHITE

Kino Lorber announces it has acquired U.S. distribution rights for The Changin’ Times of Ike White


Daniel Vernon’s revelatory documentary brings long forgotten music prodigy back into the theatrical spotlight on December 4
Virtual sneak preview with The Knitting Factory on December 1

"Distilled into 78 minutes, this documentary tells the incredible story of Ike White. Here he is, finally tracked down."
- The Guardian

“The documentary itself assumes a similar chameleon fluidity...morphing into a pure crime mystery, a found footage collage, and finally a gutting meditation on healing and forgiveness.” – The Young Folks


New York, NY – (November 13, 2020) – Kino Lorber announces that it has acquired U.S distribution rights for Daniel Vernon’s The Changin’ Times of Ike White. The feature-length documentary world will open theatrically in virtual and physical theaters on Friday, December 4. There will be an exclusive virtual sneak preview screening with The Knitting Factory on Tuesday, December 1.

Serving a life sentence for murder in the early 1970s, music prodigy Ike White had plenty of time to perfect his musical talent, but no hope of putting it to use in the outside world. Ike's skills were exceptional enough, though, that his story captured the media's attention. From this notoriety, he was able to record an album inside the prison with big-time producer Jerry Goldstein (War, Sly and the Family Stone). Superstar Stevie Wonder lobbied successfully for Ike's early release from prison. With an acclaimed album under his belt and the support of Wonder and others in the industry, Ike was poised for stardom. But, instead, he went off the grid for over 40 years. Daniel Vernon's mesmerizing new documentary is unpredictable and moving, echoing the strange journey of Ike White and scored with tracks from his one released album.

The Changin’ Times of Ike White was negotiated by Kino Lorber SVP Wendy Lidell and Vesna Cudic, Head of Sales & Acquisitions at MetFilm Sales.

Lidell said, “Discovering Ike White and his music was a revelation for me. Daniel Vernon tells a poignant story of Ike’s unbelievable life, which will fascinate audiences and certainly gain him a new legion of fans.”

After The Changin’ Times of Ike White release, the film will be available for streaming on KinoNow.com and home video in 2021. Directed by Daniel Vernon, Produced by Vivienne Perry and Rachel Hooper and co-produced by Lana Goodman.

Daniel Vernon

Daniel is a multi-award winning documentary filmmaker, a graduate of the prestigious NFTS. In 2007, the BBC commissioned Daniel’s first film, 'The Man Who Eats Badgers', which he produced, directed and filmed himself. He won the BAFTA award for Break-through Talent in 2008 and since then he's been commissioned to make films for the BBC, Channel 4 and Netflix. His last BBC series ‘The Detectives - Murder on the Streets’ won an RTS award and was nominated for a BAFTA. The Changin’ Times of Ike White’ is Daniel’s first feature documentary. Daniel is currently directing a feature documentary for Netflix and developing a series for HBO.

Kino Lorber

With a library of over 4,000 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for 35 years, releasing 30 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Repertory and Alive Mind Cinema banners, garnering seven Academy Award® nominations in nine years. In addition, the company brings over 350 titles yearly to the home entertainment and educational markets through physical and digital media releases. With an expanding family of distributed labels, Kino Lorber handles releases in ancillary media for Zeitgeist Films, Greenwich Entertainment, Artsploitation, Palisades Tartan, Menemsha Films, Raro Video, and others, placing physical titles through all wholesale, retail, and direct to consumer channels, as well as direct digital distribution through over 40 OTT services including all major TVOD and SVOD platforms. In 2019, the company launched its new art house digital channel Kino Now which features over 1000 titles from the acclaimed Kino Lorber library. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kino Marquee initiative was launched in 2020 pioneering "virtual theatrical" releases of art house films with revenue shares that allows audiences to support almost 400 local independent theaters.