Sundance: AMC’s Sundance Selects Nabs ‘Dirty Wars’

Can’t believe I’m writing this, but AMC’s Sundance Selects is so far dominating the acquisitions marketplace at the Sundance Film Festival, even if it’s doing small documentary deals. They’ve just bought North American on Dirty Wars, the Richard Rowley-directed pic. That follows yesterday’s deal for The Summit. Here’s the announcement:

 PARK CITY, UT (January 20, 2013) – Sundance Selects announced today from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival that the company is acquiring North American rights to Richard Rowley’s DIRTY WARS, which premiered in the U.S. documentary competition section. The film, with a screenplay by Jeremy Scahill and David Riker, was produced by Anthony Arnove, Brenda Coughlin, and Scahill.

Rowley’s film follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill on an unexpected journey as he chasesdown the truth behind America’s covert wars.

Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said: “Our entire team was blown away by DIRTY WARS, Richard Rowley’s tough-minded, gripping film that plays out like a detective story. Jeremy Scahill’s investigation into the war on terror being waged around the world is a vital, disturbing and incredibly humane story that will have people on both sides of the political spectrum talking. We look forward to working with Richard, Jeremy, David Riker, Brenda Coughlin, Anthony Arnove and the entire team behind the film in bringing this film to the largest public audience, as well as sparking a discussion on the topic.”

“We’re thrilled to be joining the Sundance Selects family,” said director Richard Rowley. Added Scahill: “We made this film to uncover the hidden truth about wars being fought in our name that we as Americans know next to nothing about, and we can’t think of a better partner to do this with than Sundance Selects.”

The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films; Jeff Deutchman, Director of Acquisitions & Productions, for Sundance Selects/IFC Films; and Betsy Rodgers, Senior Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs for Sundance Selects/IFC Films, with Josh Braun at Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers.

Comments (2)

  • I thought it was purchased by IFC. In any event, I hope it gets major publicity and exposure.

    Comment by Irene Leeg — Tuesday January 22, 2013 @ 9:01am PST  
  • I am beyond disgusted that this film is treated as a commodity to be sold for profit. it will never have any impact beyond a small segment of the population that is already somewhat vaguely aware that the usa is committing hideous war crimes in africa and the ME. anyone with a conscience and a grain of human decency would immediately make this video freely available to the entire world on the internet. it should be shown 24 hrs a day. as it is, it will have no impact except on the usual tiny minority who can only wring their hands in futility. and then it will be forgotten along with all the rest of the exposes. i havent seen a single review of this video by any of those ‘venerable’ media orgs such as the ny times or wapo.
    stop worrying about your career and your wallet, and put this film out everywhere, immediately, and for free.

    Comment by na — Saturday January 26, 2013 @ 11:30am PST  

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