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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.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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