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Exclusive: Ro*co nabs four docs ahead of Sundance

American distributor Ro*co Films has picked up international rights for four docs premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, including Mark Grieco's Marmato (pictured), and Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman's E-TEAM.
January 14, 2014

American distributor Ro*co Films has picked up international rights for four docs premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, including Mark Grieco’s Marmato (pictured), and Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman’s E-TEAM.

The California-based indie has also taken on Brian Knappenberger’s doc The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz; and Joe Berlinger’s film Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger. CNN has the U.S. TV rights for the latter title.

Ro*co has all rights outside of North America for the four titles, all of which are playing in the U.S. documentary competition except for Whitey, which is premiering out of competition.

“While each film is radically different in content, they each achieved the essence of what it takes to be a Ro*co film: namely, engaging and entertaining narratives with unforgettable characters,” Annie Roney, Ro*co Films’ founder and CEO, told realscreen.

“We look forward to screening more films at Sundance for possible foreign distribution as well as North American educational sales. We know there is more to discover.”

Marmato, shot over nearly six years, looks at the titular mining town in Colombia, which became the center of a new gold rush; while The Story of Aaron Swartz looks at the programming prodigy and information activist, who took his own life at the age of 26.

Meanwhile, E-TEAM looks at the work undertaken by four intrepid human rights workers, while Whitey – from Paradise Lost director Berlinger – examines infamous gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s relationship with the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Among Ro*co’s 2013 Sundance doc titles were After Tiller and American Promise. The year prior, the company repped How to Survive a Plague and The Invisible War.

  • The distributor will co-host an invitation-only party with the International Documentary Association (IDA) in Park City on Saturday (January 18).
  • Sundance kicks off this Thursday (January 16) and runs until January 26 in Park City, Utah.
About The Author
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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