Magnolia, Participant jointly acquire “Thru You Princess”

Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media have teamed up to acquire all U.S. rights to Israeli filmmaker Ido Haar's documentary about a cross-continental musical collaboration.
November 10, 2015

Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media have teamed up to acquire all U.S. rights to the documentary Thru You Princess.

Directed by Israel-based Ido Haar, the doc world premiered at the Jerusalem International Film Festival and later became a critical favorite at the Toronto International Film Festival. It will continue its festival run at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) next week.

The doc tells the story of 38-year-old Samantha Montgomery, a New Orleans-based elder care worker who strikes up a friendship with Israeli musician and mash-up artist Kutiman (a.k.a. Ophir Kutiel) after he comes across videos of her singing as ‘Princess Shaw’ on YouTube.

Magnolia will release the film theatrically next year.

The two companies previously co-acquired Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville’s documentary Best of Enemies.

The doc was produced by Liran Atzmor and coproduced by Stephen Apkon of Reconsider. Esther van Messel and Gitte Hansen exec produced for First Hand Films, the film’s sales agent.

Read realscreen‘s interview with Haar about the making of Thru You Princess here.

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