Blue Ice Docs picks up “Dense City”

The Toronto-based distributor has acquired the Canadian rights to the documentary, which was pitched at the Hot Docs Forum last month. (Pictured: Dense City)
June 1, 2015

Toronto-based distributor Blue Ice Docs has acquired the Canadian distribution rights to the doc Dense City (pictured).

The film looks at the design challenges international cities face as populations explode, and production will take place all over the world, with filming set to start in spring 2016. Dense City is a follow-up to the filmmakers’ 2012 doc Coast Modern, which showcased the work of the pioneers of West Coast Modernist architecture.

The documentary was most recently pitched by directors Michael Bernard and David Froome along with producer Leah Mallen of Twofold Film at the 2015 edition of the Hot Docs Forum. It will be exec produced by Thunderbird’s Reunion Pictures, and has a budget of approximately CAD$500,000 (US$398,000).

Blue Ice has picked up the Canadian theatrical, television and digital rights to the film.


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