Film Movement nabs “A Life in Dirty Movies”

Distributor Film Movement has picked up U.S. rights to The Sarnos - A Life in Dirty Movies (pictured), Wiktor Ericsson's documentary about filmmaker Joe Sarnos.
November 11, 2013

Distributor Film Movement has picked up U.S. rights to The Sarnos – A Life in Dirty Movies (pictured), Wiktor Ericsson’s documentary about filmmaker Joe Sarnos.

The film, which premieres at DOC NYC in New York later this month, looks at filmmaker Sarnos and his wife Peggy, and the work he did in the 1960s and 1970s as a soft core adult film director.

Film Movement’s president Adley Gartenstein and VP of acquisitions/distribution Rebeca Cognet struck the deal at AFM with Miira Paasilinna, CEO of Sweden’s The Yellow Affair, which is handling international sales.

In a statement, Cognet said: “We’’re extremely selective about the documentaries we take on. The Sarnos is simply a film we knew we couldn’t pass up. It’’s equally touching and enlightening, and a true love story between both a man and a woman, and a man and cinema.

“We’’re thrilled to bring this film to North American audiences, and hope that people will become better acquainted with this renowned filmmaker and his work.””

A limited U.S. theatrical release is planned for the doc in spring 2014, followed by a VoD and DVD release in the fall.

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