Berkshire Axis Media takes Canadian rights for “Selling Drugs”

Matthew Cooke's How To Make Money Selling Drugs (pictured) made its debut at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, and is handled by Tribeca Films in the U.S.
February 22, 2013

Berkshire Axis Media Distribution has picked up the Canadian rights to the theatrical documentary How to Make Money Selling Drugs.

The deal for the satirical “war on drugs” expos√© with Lightning Entertainment follows a debut for the indie doc at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

Matthew Cooke’s documentary¬†features interviews with 50 Cent (pictured), Arianna Huffington, Woody Harrelson and reformed drug kingpin “Freeway” Rick Ross.

Santa Monica-based Lightning first started selling How to Make Money Selling Drugs from Bert Marcus Productions at the American Film Market. The company announced that it had acquired international rights to the film in October of last year.

Tribeca Films is releasing the documentary in the U.S. market.

The Canadian deal was negotiated on behalf of Berkshire by Iain Taylor, and Mathilde Epstein and Alexandra Cocean for Lightning.

Elsewhere, Vancouver producer BFIdeas Productions has inked a deal with U.S. distributor Women Make Movies to release its documentary Sisters in Arms south of the border.

The Canadian film, by director and co-producer Beth Freeman, portrays three women in the military and on the frontlines in Afghanistan.

Sisters in Arms was produced in association with Knowledge, and is coproduced by Cari Green (The Corporation, Scared Sacred).

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