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Dogwoof lands Sundance doc “Web Junkie”

Distributor Dogwoof has snapped up the worldwide rights to Web Junkie (pictured), a doc on Internet addiction in China that was yesterday named as a Sundance Film Festival world cinema documentary competition selection.
December 5, 2013

Distributor Dogwoof has snapped up the worldwide rights to Web Junkie (pictured), a doc on Internet addiction in China that was yesterday named as a Sundance Film Festival world cinema documentary competition selection.

The doc, directed by Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia, is produced by Neta Zwebner-Zaibert and exec produced by Jeremy Chilnick, Morgan Spurlock, Dan Cogan, Jenny Raskin and Eve Ensler.

Web Junkie was backed by Impact Partners, and was previously a Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund grantee and a Hot Docs Forum project.

The film takes a look inside a Beijing  rehab center specializing in treating teens addicted to the Internet, via the experiences of three teenagers’ three-month stay. It puts a spotlight on China’s dedication as the first country to classify Internet addiction as a clinical disorder.

The deal was negotiated by Vesna Cudic of Dogwoof Global.

“We are thrilled to be working with the great team at Dogwoof,” said Impact Partners’ Cogan. “They’ve distributed a number of our films in the UK in the past with great success, such as The Queen of Versailles and The Island President, and we are now excited to work with them as they expand into the business of worldwide sales.”

“For the very first time, cameras have been allowed inside an internet rehab facility in China,” added Cudic. “Contrary to expectations, the access to both the patients with their families, and the health professionals, is extraordinarily candid. We were blown away.”

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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