Slamdance documentary Little Hope Was Arson will be distributed by PBS series Independent Lens in conjunction with film and music distributor The Orchard, the film’s producers announced (13).

Independent Lens acquired US linear broadcast rights and will distribute the film on PBS during the 2014-2015 season. The Orchard holds all US and Canadian rights outside of linear broadcast.

The documentary, directed by Theo Love, will be theatrically released in New York and Los Angeles and across all major digital outlets as part of The Orchard’s new festival documentary imprint Opus Docs.

“The Orchard is proud to add Little Hope Was Arson to our imprint of carefully curated, acclaimed festival documentaries, Opus Docs,” said Danielle DiGiacomo, The Orchard’s head of documentary acquisitions, who negotiated the deal with Zac Bright and Kevin Iwashina of Preferred Content and Josh Braun and Ben Braun of Submarine for the filmmakers.

“It is a gripping, skilfully made film that transcends the boundaries of a typical ‘true crime documentary’ to tell a layered story of faith, family, and forgiveness against the backdrop of the Bible Belt.”

Trenton Waterson produced and Bryan Storkel served as executive producer.