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WarnerMedia OneFifty Acquires This Is Not a War Story for HBO Max

Film to Stream on HBO Max and in Theaters This Fall

Executive Produced by Rosario Dawson

WarnerMedia OneFifty and HBO Max have partnered on the acquisition of Talia Lugacy's independent feature THIS IS NOT A WAR STORY. Lugacy wrote, directed, edited, produced, and starred in the film. The film also features Sam Adegoke, Danny Ramirez, Brian Delate, and Frances Fisher.

The story tracks a ragtag group of combat veterans in New York whose anti-war art, poetry, and papermaking keep them together, despite the spectre of their friend’s suicide and the ever-crystalizing fact that healing from war is sometimes an impossible mission.

"This film is not only the product of years of research and the painstaking effort of our team, but a tactile representation of trust built with our veteran partners,” said Lugacy. “Being able to distribute our film to a wide audience has always been our dream and with our partners at OneFifty and HBO Max, we will be able to release our film with the same level of care that went into making it in the first place."

HBO Max and OneFifty will release the film in November 2021. Special events are currently being organized in partnership with OneFifty collaborators and veterans’ organizations.

"When our team saw the film, we were deeply moved by its distinctive voice and the intimacy of its storytelling," said Axel Caballero, VP of Artistic and Cultural Innovations & Head of WarnerMedia OneFifty. "This film truly captures the vision of the artists involved, and that of OneFifty.  We look forward to audiences experiencing it in theaters and on HBO Max this fall."

Lugacy produced for her Acoustic Pictures shingle alongside Noah Lang and Julian West. Her longtime collaborator, Rosario Dawson, served as Executive Producer.  Steven Beer negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers, with Amanda Trokan, Director of Content Acquisitions, HBO and HBO Max, negotiating on behalf of OneFifty and HBO Max.

THIS IS NOT A WAR STORY was a New York Foundation for the Arts grant recipient and has since played a number of festivals such as Cinequest, Woods Hole, and San Francisco Independent where it won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature. It will be featured at Dances with Films, Cinelounge Presents, Whistler, and more in the coming months.

OneFifty will also partner with Lugacy to executive produce and develop her next film tentatively titled WHITEY ON THE MOON. That film will reunite Lugacy, Dawson, and Adegoke and is targeting a 2022 shoot.

About WarnerMedia OneFifty

WarnerMedia OneFifty represents the natural complement to the industry-leading work of WarnerMedia and its brands HBO, HBO Max, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, truTV, CNN, DC Entertainment, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies, and others. Inspired by the nearly 100-year tradition of innovation at our company, WarnerMedia OneFifty serves as the content innovation hub for WarnerMedia, and as an artist studio where content innovation happens, seeking to bring the best, most compelling untold and artist-forward stories to audiences.


HBO Max™ is WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer streaming platform, offering best in class quality entertainment. HBO Max features the greatest array of storytelling for all audiences from the iconic brands of HBO, Warner Bros., DC, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and much more. The platform launched in the United States in May 2020 and introduced a lower priced, advertising-supported tier in June 2021. HBO Max recently began its global rollout launching in 39 markets across Latin America and the Caribbean, and HBO Max will enter Europe later this year and into next as it begins replacing the HBO-branded streaming services.

About WarnerMedia

WarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content from a diverse array of talented storytellers and journalists to global audiences through its consumer brands including: HBO, HBO Now, HBO Max, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, truTV, CNN, DC Entertainment, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and others. The organization also includes Xandr’s suite of advanced advertising solutions designed to help to improve advertising for brands, publishers, and consumers.

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