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Sundance ’13: Ro*co picks up “After Tiller,” “American Promise”

American distributor Ro*co Films has picked up international distribution rights for After Tiller (pictured) and American Promise - two anticipated docs set to premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
January 15, 2013

American distributor Ro*co Films has picked up international distribution rights for After Tiller (pictured) and American Promise – two anticipated docs set to premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

After Tiller, directed by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson, looks at the lives of the only four doctors in the U.S. who now provide late abortions for women, following the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in 2009.

Meanwhile, American Promise, directed by Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson, is a documentary billed as being 13 years in the making. The doc follows the lives of two middle class African-American families from kindergarten to college, as they “navigate the ups and downs of parenting and educating their sons.”

Ro*co films founder Annie Roney said: “After Tiller and American Promise are both extraordinary in their intimate access to people living controversial issues, and will absolutely challenge the way people think about them.

“Our goal is to engage diverse audiences around the world with these riveting stories on a variety of platforms; we’re honored to represent these two outstanding films.”

Among Ro*co’s 2012 Sundance doc titles were How to Survive a Plague and The Invisible War, both of which went on to earn Oscar nominations. The 2013 Sundance Film Festival kicks off on Thursday (January 17).

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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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