Telluride ’14: Sundance Selects takes Ethan Hawke doc

U.S. distributor Sundance Selects has acquired the U.S. and Latin American rights to the Ethan Hawke-directed doc Seymour: An Introduction (pictured).
September 2, 2014

U.S. distributor Sundance Selects has acquired the U.S. and Latin American rights to the Ethan Hawke-directed doc Seymour: An Introduction (pictured).

The film – which also marks the documentary debut for actor-director Hawke - looks at pianist Seymour Bernstein, and was picked up at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, where it had its world premiere ahead of screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival and New York Film Festival.

Seymour - a portrait of Bernstein and his career as a concert pianist and composer – was produced by Greg Loser and Heather Smith of Room 5 Films and Ethan and Ryan Hawke of Under The Influence Productions.

“We have had the great fortune of working with Ethan throughout his career, going back to his directorial debut Chelsea Walls and most recently with Richard Linklater’s Boyhood,” said Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, in a statement. “We are thrilled to continue our relationship with his absolutely charming first documentary feature.”

Hawke added: “IFC Films has always been a champion of the kind of cinema I most admire. I am both proud and grateful to be associated with them. Everyone involved with making this documentary is thrilled. We love this film and are anxious to share it.”

The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, senior VP of acquisitions and productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films, with John Sloss of Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers. Hawke is represented by CAA and The Schiff Company.

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