RADiUS-TWC has acquired worldwide rights and remake rights for Al Hicks’ hit Tribeca documentary Keep On Keepin’ On (pictured).
The documentary, produced by Quincy Jones and Paula DuPre’ Pesmen, follows the teacher-student mentorship between jazz-legend Clark Terry and his blind piano prodigy Justin Kaulflin. The film premiered at Tribeca in New York earlier this month, where Hicks picked up the prize for best new documentary director.
In a joint statement, RADiUS co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego compared the film to this year’s Best Documentary Feature Oscar-winner.
“As was the case with 20 Feet from Stardom, we’ve been incredibly fortunate to collaborate with gifted and talented musicians whose lives have been the inspiration for so many,” the pair said.
“Through Al’s deft hand, audiences will be given a bird’s eye view into the dynamic mentor-pupil relationship between Clark and Justin – two exceptional individuals who have persevered through adversity and overcome the hardest of obstacles.
“What a privilege we’ve been given to work alongside them, Quincy Jones and Paula DuPre’ Pesmen on Al’s completely gratifying film.”
The deal was negotiated for RADiUS by Quinn, Janego, and the firm’s exec VP of acquisitions Dan Guando. Josh Braun, Dan Braun and David Koh of Submarine acted on behalf of the filmmakers, and legal services on behalf of the filmmakers were provided by Erik Hyman of Loeb and Loeb.
“In my wildest dreams, I never would have imagined working on my first film with Harvey Weinstein, Paula DuPre’ Pesmen and Quincy Jones,” said Hicks. “I’m so grateful that Mr. Weinstein believes in this story and has chosen to take us under his wing. It’s an honor to have this team help bring Clark and his story to the world.”