Rhino Films has joined forces with MOTHER JONES magazine and Alligator Planet to form Rhino Animated Features, which is designed to produce a series of activism docs for theatrical release, reports VARIETY. The first film will be MOTHER SEES RED, which will take a look at America's current culture wars. An animated version of labor leader Mary Harris "Mother" Jones will host the films.
MOTHER JONES will give editorial direction for the projects. Rhino Films head Stephen Nemeth brought the idea to Alligator Planet, where Tim Boxell will head the company.
San Francisco-based Alligator Planet is a partnership between TOY STORY producer Ralph Guggenheim, former TriStar exec Alan Buder and writer-directors Eli Noyes and Boxell that focuses on animated feature and television projects.
"We see this as a great way to stir things up and increase our impact, taking our stories and our brand to new audiences reached by film and television," said MOTHER JONES publisher Jay Harris.
In addition, at Rhino, Nemeth is producing a documentary about cartoonist Robert Williams.