Hot Docs 2012: Dogwoof takes “Chasing Ice,” “Call Me Kuchu”

Indie distributor Dogwoof has closed deals for UK distribution of two docs currently at Hot Docs, Chasing Ice and Call Me Kuchu (pictured).
May 4, 2012

Indie distributor Dogwoof has closed deals for UK distribution of two docs currently at Hot Docs, Chasing Ice and Call Me Kuchu (pictured).

Chasing Ice, directed by Jeff Orlowski, is the story of National Geographic photographer James Balog who was sent to the Arctic in 2005 to document the Earth’s changing climate, which resulted in the Extreme Ice Survey, a time-lapse photography project documenting dramatic changes to glaciers around the world.

Head of distribution Oli Harbottle brokered the deal for Chasing Ice with David Koh of Submarine. Earlier this year, Oscilloscope Laboratories acquired the U.S. distribution rights, except for television, to the film. Nat Geo has the film’s TV rights.

Chasing Ice is a stunning piece of filmmaking and the film’s recent acclaim at Sundance London convinced us of the film’s potential in the UK – it is great to be working with Submarine again and Jeff Orlowski is a hugely talented filmmaker who we predict will be a real name to watch,” said Harbottle.

The Call Me Kuchu deal, meanwhile, was brokered by Harbottle and Cat Le Clef of Cat&Docs.

The doc follows David Kato, an openly gay man – or “kuchu” in Uganda – as he and his team campaign to repeal his country’s homophobic laws. It is directed by Malika Zouhali-Worrall and Katherine Fairfax Wright.


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