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More4 boards Red Earth’s “Columbus”

UK network More4 has bought into Columbus (pictured), the forthcoming feature-length doc from British indie Red Earth Studio, which looks at a small American town on the brink of extinction.
September 8, 2011

UK network More4 has bought into Columbus (pictured), the forthcoming feature-length doc from British indie Red Earth Studio, which looks at a small American town on the brink of extinction.

The 72-minute doc was first pitched at the Hot Docs Forum in 2010, and looks at the inhabitants of the titular town as they come to terms with the realization that they could be sitting on top of one of America’s biggest oil discoveries of the past 50 years.

The film is narrated by David Soul (Starsky¬†& Hutch), and has been picked up as a pre-sale by More4 editor Anna Miralis, to air on the Channel 4-owned channel’s ‘True Stories’ strand. Kelly Neal is the film’s producer and co-director; Adam Docker serves as co-director and director of photography; and Mark Wild serves as executive producer.

U.S. rights and some international rights for the doc, which is at fine cut stage, are still available.

The news comes after Nat Geo Wild in the U.S. earlier this week aired Red Earth’s three-part series Crimes Against Nature (aka Eco Crime Investigators), playing the episodes as part of a back-to-back programming block.

The series follows the undercover operatives of the Environmental Investigation Agency as they attempt to uncover environmental crime, with the episodes focusing on the ivory trade in China and Kenya, the illegal timber trade in Vietnam and Laos, and Iceland’s whaling industry.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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