HBO has acquired the worldwide rights to “Icebox,” director-writer Daniel Sawka’s feature debut. “Icebox” tells the story of Oscar, a 12-year old Honduran boy forced to flee his home and his attempt to seek asylum in the United States. After he is apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol and placed in “the icebox,” Oscar struggles to navigate a path to freedom, instead finding himself trapped in the U.S. immigration system.

The timely project was originally written by Sawka as a short film for his 2016 American Film Institute (AFI) master’s thesis project. The film was shortlisted for the 2018 Academy Awards, won the Grand Jury Award at the AFI Fest, and was screened at the Telluride Film Festival. 

Produced by Oscar® and Emmy ® winner James L. Brooks’ Gracie Films, “ICEBOX” is scheduled to debut Friday, Dec. 7 on HBO.