First Run Features has picked up U.S. distribution rights for two documentaries from The National Film Board of Canada (NFB), including the Martin Scorsese-backed Surviving Progress (pictured), which plays later this week at IDFA in Amsterdam.
The distributor has also picked up Léa Pool’s Pink Ribbons, Inc., which premiered alongside Progress at TIFF in Toronto earlier this year. First Run will release both titles next year.
Progress examines how things that at first seem like human progress have often backfired throughout history. It is a coproduction between Cinemaginaire, Big Picture Media Corporation and the NFB, and is inspired by Ronald Wright’s book A Short History of Progress.
In addition to Scorsese, the film’s executive producers are Mark Achbar and Betsy Carson (Big Picture Media Corporation), Silva Basmajian (NFB) and Emma Tillinger Koskoff.
Ribbons meanwhile, looks at the subject of breast cancer fundraising, asking where the millions of dollars raised each year actually goes and what that money helps achieve. It is produced by the NFB’s Ravida Din.
Both titles are in competition at IDFA, which kicks off today (November 16), with Ribbons competing in the Best Feature-Length Documentary category, and Progress competing for Best Green Screen Documentary.
Check out the trailer for Surviving Progress below: