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Sundance Selects picks up Herzog’s “Into the Abyss”

Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Werner Herzog's upcoming documentary Into the Abyss (pictured), ahead of its premiere at TIFF later this month.
September 1, 2011

Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Werner Herzog’s upcoming documentary Into the Abyss (pictured), ahead of its premiere at TIFF later this month.

The film explores a triple homicide case in Texas, promising to probe “the psyches of those involved,” including the 28-year old death row inmate who was executed eight days after appearing onscreen.

“Earlier this year, Werner Herzog took us to unseen Chauvet Cave in Cave of Forgotten Dreams, which became one of our company’s most successful releases and the year’s highest grossing documentary,” said Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films.

“Now he has gone a step further and shown us the human soul in one of his most remarkable films Into the Abyss. This is a hard-hitting, emotional and enlightening film that probes a crime and the legacy of the people involved and shows Herzog to be one of our great filmmakers.”

As previously reported, the documentary will have a theatrical run before airing as a four-part series on Investigation Discovery (ID) in the U.S.

The film is produced by Erik Nelson (Cave of Forgotten Dreams) and exec produced by Dave Harding, Amy Briamonte, Henry Schleiff, Sara Kozak, Andre Singer and Lucki Stipetic.

“It’s been an honor working with Werner and Erik on this incredibly moving and impactful film over the last two years,” said Henry Schleiff, president and general manager at ID. “We are in awe of the deeply emotional and personal interviews Werner conducted with the participants and we are proud to work with Werner, Creative Differences and Sundance Selects to bring this documentary to an international audience.”

Sundance Selects is a sister division to IFC Films and IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks.

Check out three clips from Into the Abyss here.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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