New York-based sales agent Submarine has sold all U.S. rights, barring television, for Douglas and Roger Kass’s documentary Emptying the Skies to Music Box Films, with Canadian rights going to distributor Films We Like.
Based on a New Yorker essay by author Jonathan Franzen, Emptying the Skies – produced by RingTheJing in association with Sustainable Films - chronicles the poaching of migratory songbirds, whose population have been declining for decades, with some species facing extinction. The film follows a group of bird-protectors who risk their lives to save the creatures.
French distributor Java Films recently acquired international sales rights for the doc. Meanwhile, Music Box Films plans a U.S. theatrical release later this year.