November 03

First Responder PTSD Documentary “Florian’s Knights” As Rollout Continues for US & Canadian Multiple Market Theatrical and TVOD/Digital and Blu-Ray/DVD

Canadian filmmaker Panayioti Yannitsos (“Freedom Besieged”) Canadian produced powerful independent feature documentary “Florian’s Knights” through Crowbar Pictures, Inc began their rollout release of the film in theaters across the USA and Canada on September 10thMarkets  included in the theatrical rollout –New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, Chicago, Denver, Phoenix, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, and Saskatoon. 

A Canadian production, Yannitsos’ new documentary chronicles firefighters in both the US and Canada who form a controversial motorcycle club to cope with the crippling effects of PTSD. As the Florian’s Knights full patch motorcycle club, the freedom felt on two wheels inspires North American firefighters to speak truth against the stigma of first responder mental health and outlaw biker culture. From the impact of 9/11, to the front lines of the opioid crisis in Vancouver and Toronto, and across the bridge to the arson epidemic in Detroit, Florian’s Knights travel to the darkest pits of the human experience. The real traumas of firefighting are exposed in ways never-before-seen. 

Where Everyone Can See The Film:  Crowbar Pictures, Inc began the release of“Florian’s Knights”in theaters across North America on September 10th, 2021. Markets to be included in the theatrical rollout – New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, Chicago, Denver, Phoenix, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, and Saskatoon, among many others through mid-November.Gravitas Ventures will release across all TVOD/Digital platforms & Blu-Ray/DVD throughout the North American continent beginning on November 23rd, 2021. 

Filmmaking Team: “Florian’s Knights”is directed, edited & produced by Panayioti Yannitsosexecutive produced by Shawn Galvao, with cinematography by Jon Thomas (“The Angel Tree”) &  Blake Davey (“Someone Like Me,” “Rupture”), and sound design by Jamie Spittal  (“Freedom Besieged”).

The Film Features:In April of 2018, director Panayioti Yannitsos met with Crowbar Pictures founder Shawn Galvao  to discuss the Florian’s Knights; a new firefighter motorcycle club making waves across North America. Driving home from that meeting, Pan found himself bumper-to-bumper with retired Vancouver Battalion Chief Rod MacDonald, who was riding his motorcycle, a Florian’s Knights patch on his back. Staring at the patch for several minutes in traffic, the serendipitous event convinced Yannitsos to sign on to direct the film. Over the course of three years, Yannitsos and a core team of only four fellow filmmakers slept in fire halls across North America, often in 24-hour shifts, responding to emergencies in real time. 

The documentaries Stars: “Florian’s Knights”follows the lives of a-number-of first responders and experts. All of the following documentary subjects will be available for press interviews – Firefighter Matthew Sabini  (New York Fire Department / Florian’s Knights MC),   Retired Captain Erik Bjarnason (North Vancouver Fire Dept / Florian’s Knights MC), Retired Battalion Chief Rod MacDonald (Vancouver Fire Dept / Florian’s Knights MC), Acting Captain Bill Shokar (New Westminster Fire Department / Florian’s Knights MC),  Captain Jack Cooper  (Toronto Fire Service / Florian’s Knights MC), Battalion Chief Michael V. Nevin (Detroit Fire Department), Senior Lieutenant Darnell McLaurin (Detroit Fire Department / Axemen MC), and Dr. Don Vaughn, PHD (Neuroscientist, UCLA).

Important Science Explored in the Film: Dr. Don Vaughn, Michael Maggiora,and their team measured the brain activity, heart rate, and hormone levels of over 50 experienced motorcycle riders in “Project Free.” The study was peer reviewed and accepted by Brain Research. The study concluded that riding a motorcycle can decrease hormonal biomarkers of stress. The work was funded by a grant from Harley-Davidson.

Logline:When firefighters form a controversial motorcycle club to cope with the effects of PTSD.

Film Synopsis:As the Florian’s Knights full patch motorcycle club, the freedom felt on two wheels inspires North American firefighters to speak truth against the stigma of first responder mental health and outlaw biker culture.

Where to follow the film and its journey:
Website: www.floriansknightsmovie.com
Facebook: @FloriansKnightsMovie
Instagram: @FloriansKnightsMovie
Twitter: @FloriansKnights

We would like to thank Annie Jeeves-Cinematic Red PR for the press release.