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Goldwyn Acquires Global Warming Doc The Island President

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 7, 2011 at 7:26AM

The Toronto Film Fest doc audience award-winner The Island President has been acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films for stateside release in February 2012. The film will be screened at DOC NYC on Tuesday November 8, followed by a Q and A with director Jon Shenk by Michael Moore. Goldwyn has acquired all ancillary U.S. rights including theatrical and home video. The movie follows President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives as he struggles to save his Indian Ocean island archipelago from climate change that threatens to literally drown his country.
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"The Island President"
Samuel Goldwyn "The Island President"

The Toronto Film Fest doc audience award-winner The Island President has been acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films for stateside release in February 2012. The film will be screened at DOC NYC on Tuesday November 8, followed by a Q and A with director Jon Shenk by Michael Moore. Goldwyn has acquired all ancillary U.S. rights including theatrical and home video. The movie follows President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives as he struggles to save his Indian Ocean island archipelago from climate change that threatens to literally drown his country.

Goldwyn harbors awards hopes for the film directed by cinematographer Shenk (Lost Boys of the Sudan), produced by Richard Berge and Bonni Cohen (The Rape of Europa) and executive produced by Jon Else. Says acquisitions chief Peter Goldwyn: “After incredibly successful screenings in Telluride and Toronto, we are optimistic that THE ISLAND PRESIDENT is an Awards caliber, timely film for which audiences everywhere are going to applaud and cheer.”

More details and TOH’s video interview with Nasheed are here.

THE ISLAND PRESIDENT is a co-production of AfterImage Public Media and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), in association with Actual Films and Impact Partners, with major funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Ford Foundation, John D. and The Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, and the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund.

This article is related to: Documentary, Toronto, Acquisitions, Foreign, News


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.