Sundance By Numbers #2

by Sydney Levine
January 23, 2011 1:44 AM
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5 juries for competition films collectively are comprised of individuals from the global arts community, each of whom brings unique perspective and range of experience. Jury Members are Susanne Bier ♀, Matt Groening, Jason Reitman, America Ferrara ♀, Kim Peirce ♀.

With my view of the film world business, more interesting than the Winners of the Competition for Narrative and Docs for the American Indies and the World Cinema Sections (The films themselves are all worth seeing by virtue of having been selected by Sundance) is the competition among Hollywood's agencies and producer reps in handling the sales of the films. This is akin to a horse race, worth watching in that light, betting on different horses and watching the horse traders dealing behind the scenes.
You can also keep track of the full season's festival and market buying and selling on my blog Rights Roundup: Winter Season Sundance, Rotterdam and Berlin, but here is a different sort of scorecard.

See below the jump to see who is repping which films. And watch as deals get made!! And for the best roundup of all Sundance news, see IndieWIRE.

The proportion of films by country are #1 U.S., #2 U.K. and #3 Canada (6 features, 8 shorts).

Below is an ever changing tally by numbers. The Sundance Deals are bolded
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14 FILMS ARE REPPED BY UTA. At least 10 OF THESE ARE REPPED BY RENA RONSON, A FAVORITE ON THE INDEPENDENT SCENE:
THE FUTURE (With Isa The Match Factory)/ MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE acquired by Fox Searchlight for worldwide rights./ THE GUARD (ISA: Metropolis) was picked up for No. America by Sony Pictures Classics for 7 figures. / MARGIN CALL (with ISA: Myriad) was picked up for North America by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions.

THE DETAILS (CAA co-repped the picture) was acquired by The Weinstein Company for a minimum guarantee of $7.5 million and a P&A commitment upwards of $10 million making it the largest minimum guarantee of the festival so far. MY IDIOT BROTHER (ISA: Hyde Park): Read the deal: Nikki Finke's Deadline. TWC’s deal for MY IDIOT BROTHER (between $6 million-$7 million m.g.) had a larger P&A commitment of around $15 million, the largest P&A commitment thus far.
/ SALVATION BOULEVARD (with ISA Arclight) went to IFC Films and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions for North America./ THE SON OF NO ONE (Co-repped with WME, CASSIAN ELWES, ISA: Nu Image). Anchor Bay picked up U.S. rights for a $2 million minimum guarantee range a P&A commitment for 20 markets . Read Deadline Hollywood on this "scandale"/ I MELT WITH YOU (with Submarine) went to Magnolia for U.S./ LIKE CRAZY winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Drama and the Special Jury Prize: Dramatic was presented to Felicity Jones for her role. After playing in Premiere Section, it was the first in a major bidding war. Having asked $2M mg + $2M P&A, Paramount paid a $4 million minimum guarantee and a "substantial" 7-figure P&A commitment. See Nikki Finke's Deadline.. SING YOUR SONG (consultant Karol Martesko-Fenster)/ THE LIE/ THE SOUND OF MY VOICE/ FLYPAPER.



I Melt With You by Mark Pellington

11 FILMS STARTED OUT AT A PROGRAM OF IFP.

10 ARE REPPED BY CAA:
TAKE SHELTER picked up by SPC Pre-Sundance for multiple territories including Australia and New Zealand. / THE DEVIL’S DOUBLE (ISA: Corsan) (Co-rep with Paradigm Agency) sold to Lionsgate for U.S. and Icon for Australia and New Zealand./ THE DETAILS (Co-rep with United Talent Agency) went to The Weinstein Company./ THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD was sold to SPC for U.S./ SILENT HOUSE: Liddell Entertainment acquired domestic and most worldwide rights for $3 million plus $3 million to P&A and is working with CAA to set a U.S. distributor./ KNUCKLE went to Contentfilm for international representation. CAA still reps U.S./ BELLFLOWER acquired by Oscilloscope for English language territories./ ANOTHER HAPPY DAY directed and written by Sam Levinson was the Winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. / THE CONVINCER/ HIGHER GROUND.

9 FILMMAKERS HAVE RETAINED ATTORNEYS DONALDSON & CALLIF.

8 FILMS AT SUNDANCE RECEIVED SUPPORT FROM THE SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETY.

8 FILMS ARE REPPED BY JOSH BRAUN'S SUBMARINE:
PAGE ONE: A YEAR INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media have partnered to purchase U.S. rights. Madman has acquired rights for Australia and New Zealand. Pretty Pictures has acquired rights for France./ THE LAST MOUNTAIN went to Dada for U.S. theatrical release June 3rd in the top 20 U.S. markets. MJ Peckos and her partner Steven Raphael have committed to a seven figure distribution budget. New Video has ancillary rights./ BUCK, winner of the Audience Award: Documentary, sold to Sundance Select for No. America and Madman for Australia and New Zealand. CMG acquired worldwide representation rights./ I MELT WITH YOU (ISA STEALTH MEDIA) went to Magnolia for U.S./ PROJECT NIM (winner World Cinema Directing Award: Documentary directed by James Marsh) was picked up by icon for worldwide sales and for U.K. and Australia and by HBO for U.S. pre-Sundance. Roadside Attractions will release the film theatrically./ LETTERS FROM THE BIG MAN/ RESURRECT DEAD: THE MYSTERY OF THE TOYNBEE TILES Winner The Directing Award: Documentary, directed by Jon Foy / BEING ELMO: A PUPPETEER'S JOURNEY Winner Special Jury Prize: Documentary/ CRIME AFTER CRIME was acquired by Oprah Winfrey's OWN for U.S. for six figures, and OWN will give the film a qualifying Oscar run before it airs on Oprah's new network.



Project Nim (Winner World Cinema Directing Award: Documentary directed by James Marsh)

8 BY CINETIC:
PARIAH directed and written by Dee Rees ♀ was picked up for worldwide representation by Focus for some 7 figure amount. The acquisition includes a deal for Rees to write and direct a feature for Focus, which has been the object of some speculation given their new ownership under Comcast’s NBC Universal. It also won Excellence in Cinematography Award: Dramatic: cinematographer: Bradford Young./ THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975 Winner of World Cinema Documentary Editing Award/ HELL AND BACK AGAIN directed by Danfung Dennis was 2 PRIZE WINNER: Winner of World Cinema Jury Prize: Documentary and Winner of World Cinema Cinematography Award: Documentary: cinematographer: Danfung Dennis./ THE CATECHISM CATACLYSM/ MAGIC TRIP/ RED STATE/ REAGAN / THE WOMAN (ISA: Peace Arch)

7 BY KEVIN IWASHINA'S PREFERRED CONTENT:HOT COFFEE was picked up for No. America by HBO for mid to high six-figures. HBO licensed the film for broadcast and VOD for 2 years, and will give the film a qualifying Oscar theatrical run before it airs on the pay channel../ JESS + MOSS/ HERE went to K5 for international rights representation. K5 will also co-rep U.S. with Kevin Iwashina./ ANOTHER EARTH, with a budget of $150,000, was picked up by Fox Searchlight for about $2 million for English speaking territorial rights along with a strong P&A commitment, its fourth acquistion of the festival. Two days later it acquired worldwide rights for another $1 million and is holding screenings for international distributors in L.A. Friday Winner of Special Jury Prize: Dramatic as well as the recipient of this year’s Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize. The Prize, which carries a $20,000 cash award by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is presented to an outstanding feature film focusing on science or technology as a theme, or depicting a scientist, engineer, or mathematician as a major character./ THE LEDGE was acquired by IFC for North America/ LITTLE BIRDS/ MISS REPRESENTATION



Miss Representation by Jennifer Siebel Newsom ♀

6 BY PUBLICIST MARK POGACHEFSKY OF mPRm Public Relations

5 ARE REPPED BY PARADIGM:
THESE AMAZING SHADOWS was picked up for U.S. by IFC's sister company Sundance Select/ CIRCUMSTANCE (ISA: Funny Balloons), directed and written by Maryam Keshavarz ♀ , Winner of the Audience Award: Dramatic, was picked up by Participant Media for North America./ PAGE ONE: A YEAR INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES went to Participant and Magnolia for U.S.. Paradigm represented the filmmakers./ THE DEVIL'S DOUBLE (ISA: Corsan, co-repped with CAA), sold to Lionsgate for U.S. and Icon for Australia and New Zealand./ BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST (Co-repped with Steven Beer).

4 BY WME:
CORMAN'S WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL picked up by A&E for U.S. Pre- Sundance/ PERFECT SENSE was picked up for English speaking territories by IFC Films for $1 million. (ISA: Trust Nordisk)/ REBIRTH/ THE SON OF NO ONE (Co-repped with UTA, CASSIAN ELWES and ISA: Nu Image) picked up for U.S. by Anchor Bay.

3 BY ATTORNEY GEORGE RUSH:
THE OFF HOURS/ SEPTIEN was picked up for U.S. by IFC's sister company Sundance Select/ !WOMEN ART REVOLUTION (ISA: Films Transit)

3 BY GREENBERG TRAURIG/ STEVEN BEER:
ALL YOUR DEAD ONES (ISA: Shoreline) Winner of World Cinema Cinematography Award: Dramatic./ PRAIRIE LOVE/ BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST (Co-repped with Paradigm)

3 PRODUCER REP KAROL MARTESKO - FENSTER: THE BENGALI DETECTIVE. Fox Searchlight acquired worldwide remake rights to the original feature documentary. E1 acquired worldwide representation rights./ SING YOUR SONG with UTA repping/ HELL AND BACK AGAIN directed by Danfung Dennis was 2 PRIZE WINNER: Winner of World Cinema Jury Prize: Documentary and Winner of World Cinema Cinematography Award: Documentary: cinematographer: Danfung Dennis.

2 BY CASSIAN ELWES:
MARGIN CALL (ISA: Myriad)/ THE SON OF NO ONE (Co-repped by WME, UTA, ISA: Nu Image) picked up for U.S. by Anchor Bay.

2 BY FOX SEARCHLIGHT:
CEDAR RAPIDS/ WIN WIN/ Picked up most worldwide rights to HOMEWORK, a debut film in Dramatic Competition. THE BENGALI DETECTIVE worldwide remake rights acquired. MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE acquired by Fox Searchlight for worldwide rights. Winner Directing Award: Dramatic, directed and written by Sean Durkin.

2 BY IFC:
KABOOM picked up for Sundance Select for U.S./ UNCLE KENT was picked up just prior to Sundance for U.S. by IFC's sister company Sundance Select.

2 BY TRACTION MEDIA:
KINYARWANDA Winner World Cinema Audience Award: Dramatic./ FLYPAPER

2 BY PRODUCER REP RONNA WALLACE/EASTGATE:
GUN HILL ROADby Rashaad Ernesto Green was picked up by starrt-up distributor Motion Film Group for worldwide rights. A seven-figure deal will see "Road" hit theaters in early summer, 2011./ RESTLESS CITY



Restless City by Andrew Dosunmu

1 by ICM - HOMEWORK most worldwide rights to HOMEWORK, a debut film in Dramatic Competition were picked up by Fox Searchlight. ISA: Goldcrest retains other rights.
1 BY THE FILM COLLABORATIVE:
SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE.

1 BY OSCILLISOPE: MEEK'S CUTOFF

1 PRODUCER REP JONATHAN DANA: WE WERE HERE

1 PRODUCER REP ELLEN PITTLEMAN: AN AFRICAN ELECTION



An African Election by Jarreth Merz

PRODUCER
GRANITO by Pamela Yates/ Skylight
TROUBADOURS
THE FLAWwas acquired for U.S. by New Video and plans a limited theatrical run and then release on DVD, VOD and digital platforms.
THE GREEN WAVE
SENNA Winner World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary.
LOST KISSES
RESTORATION Winner of World Cinema Screenwriting Award directed by Yossi Madmony and written by Erez Kav-El.
TICKET TO PARADISE
CODEPENDENT LESBIAN SPACE ALIEN SEEKS SAME
LORD BYRON
THE WOODS
THE OREGONIAN
HOW TO DIE IN OREGONWinner of the Grand Jury Prize: Documentary.
CONNECTED: AN AUTOBLOGOGRAPHY ABOUT LOVE, DEATH AND TECHNOLOGY by Tiffany Schlain, producer (The Tribe),: International rights were acquired just before Sundance by Annie Roney’s Roco, an international sales agent of documentaries who also acquires docs for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN (she has acquired 7 of the 9 own has thus far acquired by OWN who acquired BECOMING CHAZ on its own just prior to sundance.
ABRAXAS By Bitter End, production co. and Japanese distributor.
A FEW DAYS OF RESPITE
IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT Winner of Documentary Editing Award.
FAMILY PORTRAIT IN BLACK AND WHITE


ISA (INTERNATIONAL SALES AGENTS)
• 26 different ISAs have films in the festival.
• 12 films have U.S. rights being represented by talent agencies who are involved either through financing or through attached talent.
• 4 films already have U.S. distribution.
• The ISAs who have not split U.S. rights and are representing that territory as well are: E1, The Film Sales Co., Magnet, Hanway, Elephant Eye, And Fortissimo , Wide, Corsan. Trust Nordisk shares one of its 3 films with WME.

3-E1:MAD BASTARDS picked up by Sundance Select, E1 acquired worldwide representation rights to BENGALI DETECTIVE. / THE SALESMAN/ INCENDIES. SPC has U.S.
3-MAGNET: THE TROLL HUNTER/ HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN/ I SAW THE DEVIL. Magnet/ Magnolia has U.S. rights to all 3.
3-PROTAGONIST/: TYRANNOSAUR directed and written by Paddy Considine, Winner of the World Cinema Directing Award: Dramatic and of 2 World Cinema Special Jury Prizes: Dramatic for Breakout Performances were presented to Olivia Colman and Peter Mullan for their roles. 3 PRIZES./ SUBMARINE/ (TWC HAS U.S.)
3-THE FILM SALES CO: TO.GET.HER Winner of Best of NEXT!: Audience Award, directed and written by Erica Dunton ♀./ THE BENGALI DETECTIVE - Fox Searchlight acquired worldwide remake rights to the original feature documentary. E1 acquired worldwide representation rights./ THE REDEMPTION OF GENERAL BUTT NAKED Winner of Excellence in Cinematography Award: Documentary,directed by Eric Strauss and Daniele Anastasion; cinematographers: Eric Strauss, Ryan Hill and Peter Hutchens
3-TRUSTNORDISK: HAPPY, HAPPY (Sykt Lykkelig) directed by Anne Sewitsky ♀ won the World Cinema Jury Prize: Dramatic Section/ IN A BETTER WORLD (SPC has U.S.) by Suzanne Bier ♀./ PERFECT SENSE was sold by WME to IFC Films for English speaking territories for $1 million.
2-FILMS TRANSIT/ !WOMEN ART REVOLUTION. Attorney George Rush also representing. Zeitgeist has U.S./ POSITION AMONG THE STARS (Stand van de Sterren) Winner of World Cinema Special Jury Prize: Documentary.
2-PASSION : GRAB/ / BECOMING CHAZwas picked up January 13 by OWN. Both docs are produced by Worlds Of Wonder.
2-SHORELINE: THE CINEMA HOLD-UP (ASALTO AL CINE)/ ALL YOUR DEAD ONES (TODOS TUS MUERTOS) was the Winner of World Cinema Cinematography Award: Dramatic. Both were picked up just before Sundance after being seen at San Sebastian as Works-In-Progress.
1 - ARCLIGHT: SALVATION BOULEVARD went to IFC Films and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions for North America.
1 - CACTUS 3: THE NINE MUSES
1-ELEPHANT EYE: OLD CATS
1-ELLE DRIVER/ SILENT HOUSE: Liddell Entertainment acquired domestic and most worldwide rights for $3 million plus $3 million to P&A and is working with CAA to set a U.S. distributor.
1-ESSENTIAL/ THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED U.S. picked up by Roadside Attractions before Sundance.
1-FORESIGHT/: FLYPAPER
1-FORTISSIMO: VAMPIRE
1-HANWAY: LIFE IN A DAY picked up by National Geographic and You Tube.
1-HYDE PARK: MY IDIOT BROTHERThe Weinstein Company's deal for North America will amount to a minimum guarantee of $6 million-$7 million, and a $15 million P&A commitment for a wide theatrical release.
1-ICON picked up worldwide rights to PROJECT NIM (winner World Cinema Directing Award: Documentary directed by James Marsh) along with U.K. and Australia just prior to Sundance as did HBO for U.S. Submarine continues to co-rep.
1-METROPOLIS:THE GUARD was picked up for No. America by Sony Pictures Classics for 7 figures.
1-MYRIAD: MARGIN CALL. UTA and CASSIAN ELWES rep U.S.: Picked up for North America by Lionsgate and Roadside Attraction.
1-PEACE ARCH: THE WOMAN. Cinetic reps U.S.
1-STEALTH MEDIA:I MELT WITH YOU. U.S. repped by UTA and Submarine sold to Magnolia for U.S.>b/>
1-THE MATCH FACTORY: THE FUTURE was picked up by Roadside Attractions for U.S./ ATTENBERG
1-WIDE: THE MILL AND THE CROSS
1-GOLDCREST: HOMEWORK
1-FUNNY BALLOONS: CIRCUMSTANCE No. American rights picked up by Participant. Winner Audience Award: Dramatic.
1-CORSAN: THE DEVIL'S DOUBLE.
ISA PICKUPS AT SUNDANCE:
2-Coach 14 picked up ON THE ICE and TERRI for worldwide representation.
1-K5: HERE
1-CONTENTFILM: KNUCKLE. HBO is closing a remake rights deal for Knuckle.
1-CMG acquired BUCK.


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4 Comments

  • Bill | January 25, 2011 12:32 AMReply

    More information about the filmmaker support services provided by the San Francisco Film Society can be found here: http://www.sffs.org/filmmaker-services.aspx

  • Jim Pasternak | January 24, 2011 10:37 AMReply

    Dear Sydney,

    Hello to you and Peter. My documentary comedy feature, CERTIFIABLY JONATHAN, with Jonathan Winters, Robin Williams, Sarah Silverman, Howie Mandel, Tim Conway, etc., opens at the Quad in NYC on Feb. 11, then Chicago at the Gene Siskel on Feb.18. We then open the Sedona Film Festival, then LA with the Laemmles and theaters around the country. We're self-distributing, working with Richard Abramowitz and Kirt Eftekhar at Area 23a. I directed, Richard Marshall produced. Please check out our Certifiably Jonathan Facebook page (almost 40,000 "likes" in five weeks) and our website, certifiablyjonathan.com. I'd love for you and Peter to come to one of our "event" openings.

    All The Best,

    Jim

  • Johnny Luckett | January 22, 2011 9:10 AMReply

    "...Congratulations on "Bellflower"... and thanks CAA for knowing great work when you see it."
    - Johnny Luckett

  • Justin | January 21, 2011 12:49 AMReply

    Thanks, this list is extremely useful.

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