New York-based distributor Tribeca Film has acquired the U.S. rights to Dave LaMattina and Chad Walker’s documentary I Am Big Bird (pictured).
The film – which had its world premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in April – will be released in theaters and on VoD in early 2015. It will next screen at the DOC NYC festival in November.
I Am Big Bird is a portrait of 80-year-old actor Caroll Spinney, who has played the part of Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for more than 40 years.
“Big Bird is one of the iconic figures in American television and this portrait of the man inside, Caroll Spinney, is simultaneously joyful and fascinating,” said Todd Green, GM of Tribeca Film, in a statement. “Dave and Chad weave together years of archival footage to create a truly revealing look at the man inside the Big Bird suit.”
Director-producer Walker added: “Caroll entrusted us with telling his story and we’re thrilled that we’ll finally be able to share it with audiences across the country.”
The deal was negotiated by Tribeca Film’s Alison Diviney, with Abby Davis of Preferred Content acting on behalf of the filmmakers.