Sundance Video: James Marsh Talks HBO's Project Nim, Roadside Lands U.S. Theatrical Rights

by Anne Thompson
January 28, 2011 12:38 AM
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James Marsh is a happy man. Not only did his stylish, unsettling and provocative doc Project Nim, about a chimp raised by a series of human parents during the 70s, land a berth at Tiffany cabler HBO, which bought all rights before the festival, but it went on to play well at Sundance (the awards show is Saturday) and will be released theatrically by Roadside. Here are reviews from THR, Variety and indieWIRE.

Roadside gained heat during the fest thanks to landing six Oscar nominations not only for foreign film Biutiful and star Javier Bardem for best actor, but four nominations including best picture for Winter's Bone. They know how to market, and are backed by deep-pocketed Lionsgate, which puts them in a strong position. Lionsgate will take DVD rights to Nim. Also, HBO chose Roadside after Magnolia/Participant acquired New York Times doc Page One, reports Variety.

Marsh is notable not only for his Oscar-winning Man on Wire, which utilized a mix of reenactments, archive footage and interviews in a clever way, but he is a documentarian who can also function well in the narrative sphere (which is not always the case). Check out his installment of the Red Riding Trilogy. We met at HBO's jampacked mountain-top party at Sundance (attended by Morgan Spurlock, Sheila Nevins, Liz Garbus, Ondi Timoner, Alex Gibney) and then attempted to recapture some of our talk on Flip Cam, below.

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