Stop the Pounding Heart



Stop the Pounding Heart

A film by Roberto Minervini


Opens in Toronto

Friday March 13, 2015

Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

Kingsway Theatre (3030 Bloor ST. W) 



Cannes, Toronto, Torino, Little Rock, Leipzig, CHP:Dox, Milan, Rotterdam, San Francisco, Sydney

Winner –  Best Film, Filmmaker Film Festival Milan

Special Jury Prize, Torino International Festival of Young Cinema

Syndicado is proud to announce its release of Indie docudrama, Stop the Pounding Heart in Toronto, Friday, March 13 at the Carlton Cinema and the Kingsway Cinema, and VOD in Canada.

Stop the Pounding Heart follows Sara, a young girl raised in a family of goat farmers. Her parents homeschool their twelve children, rigorously following the precepts of the Bible. Like her sisters, Sara is taught to be a devout woman, subservient to men while keeping her emotional and physical purity intact until marriage. When Sara meets Colby, a young amateur bull rider, she is thrown into crisis, questioning the only way of life she has ever known.

In a stunning portrayal of contemporary America and the insular communities that dot its landscape, Stop the Pounding Heart is an exploration of adolescence, family and social values, gender roles, and religion in the rural American South.

“With our focus on exceptional, director driven films, I was thrilled to acquire Stop the Pounding Heart for theatrical in Canada and VOD in several territories along with The Passage and Low Tide.  Roberto Minervini’s docudrama style is reminiscent of the cinema vérité movement, and stands out amongst his Indie contemporaries,” said Greg Rubidge, President of Syndicado.

“Stop the Pounding Heart transcends both the red state-blue state split and limited, didactic ideas of cinematic realism.”  – A.O. Scott, New York Times

“A modest film made with an authenticity that commands respect, Stop the Pounding Heart adopts fundaments of neorealism and cinema vérité.”  – David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

“Where Heart excels, however, is simply in capturing the rhythm of life.”  – Peter Debuge, Variety

“…a distinctive, quietly individual piece that will appeal to lovers of gritty, downbeat Americana.”  – Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

“More than the sum of its avowed influences, Stop the Pounding Heart evidences a supplicant style of filmmaking.” – Jay Kuehner, Cinema Scope

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About Syndicado

Founded in 2009 to serve the needs of traditional sales agents, indie producers and distributors for new revenue through digital distribution, Syndicado has grown its library to over 1500 hours of programming across every major VOD outlet in the USA and Canada, in addition to reaching Europe, Asia and Latin America through its iTunes, Google and Microsoft partnerships. In 2014, the company added theatrical distribution in the USA and Canada, coupled with TV and educational sales. Syndicado’s expertise and unique business model allows distributors and other rights holders a cost-effective strategy to fully exploit emerging digital opportunities. President Greg Rubidge is also the founder of the documentary film VOD site –