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Lightning picks up int’l rights to “Selling Drugs”

Santa Monica-based distributor Lightning Entertainment has acquired the international rights to director Matthew Cooke's documentary How to Make Money Selling Drugs (pictured).
October 18, 2012

Santa Monica-based distributor Lightning Entertainment has acquired the international rights to director Matthew Cooke’s documentary How to Make Money Selling Drugs.

The film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, takes a satirical look at the world of drug dealing and drug enforcement by blending reportage, pop culture references and celebrity interviews with the likes of 50 Cent (pictured above), Woody Harrelson, Eminem and Susan Sarandon. It was produced by Bert Marcus Productions CEO Bert Marcus and actor Adrian Grenier, the team behind Teenage Paparazzo.

Tribeca Films picked up the U.S. rights earlier this year and is planning a 2013 theatrical release in tandem with a release via video on-demand platforms.

Lightning will introduce the film to international buyers at the American Film Market in Santa Monica later this month.

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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