Nearly two months ago on this blog, I referenced an unreported story that might ruffle some feathers if written about. Now it seems like the complicated situation has been quietly resolved. The situation involved the Sundance 2006 grand jury and audience award winning documentary, "God Grew Tired of Us", which (according to Variety today) was acquired for distribution by Newmarket Films.
Shortly after the film won its awards at Sundance, some began to whisper that there were complications surrounding the rights to the film. A few observers seemed to remember that the film was initially announced as a premiere at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival, listed as being directed by two people (Christopher Quinn and Tommy Walker). The movie was quietly pulled from the festival after the linuep was announced and it premiered at Sundance with only Quinn listed as the director. Things got particularly interesting shortly after Sundance when Steve Rosenbaum said that his company, CameraPlanet, had made an investment in the film through Tommy Walker's Foreground Films, implying that his company may have an interest in the movie. (Rosenbaum said on his blog that former CameraPlanet head Steve Carlis made the deal with Walker).
With so many entities and complicated relationships involved it was nearly impossible to get to what was really going on, and those close the to film were completely tightlipped (and sometimes quite defensive) about the whole situation, fearing the negative press might prevent the movie from securing a distributoin deal.
Interestingly, in a Variety story today reporting the Newmarket deal, the film is again listed as being directed by both Quinn and Walker.