Cannes 2012: KinoSmith picks up “Jason Becker” doc

The Canadian distributor has picked up all rights to Jesse Vile-directed feature documentary Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet (pictured), which is screening at the market in Cannes this week, from London-based Dogwoof Global.
May 22, 2012

Distributor KinoSmith has picked up all Canadian rights for the documentary Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet (pictured) from London-based Dogwoof Global.

The Jesse Vile-directed film, which is screening at the market in Cannes this week, chronicles the life of Jason Becker, a guitar prodigy who performed with David Lee Roth before being diagnosed with ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s disease/motor neurone disease) and being told he had five years to live.

“We’re extremely excited to be representing this film,” said KinoSmith president Robin Smith in a statement. “We fell in love with it at Hot Docs this year and we’re eager to get Jason’s story out to a larger audience across Canada this fall.”

“It is great to find a like-minded fellow distributor with a similar vision and dedication to the documentary genre,” added Dogwoof head of distribution Oli Harbottle. “We have been impressed by the campaigns they support our films with, and we are excited about nurturing and growing this relationship.”

Jason Becker: Not Dead Yetis the fourth film KinoSmith has picked up from Dogwoof in the past six months, following Girl Model, Sound it Out and Town of Runners. The deal was brokered by Smith and Ana Vicente of Dogwoof Global.

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