Submarine pens deals for “Don’t Blink,” “Mavis!”

The U.S. producer-distributor has secured several international sales for Jessica Edwards' Mavis! (pictured) and Laura Israel's Don't Blink - Robert Frank.
November 23, 2015

New York City-based producer-distributor Submarine has inked a raft of international sales for Jessica EdwardsMavis! (pictured) and Laura Israel’s Don’t Blink – Robert Frank.

Mavis! has been acquired by Canada’s Films We Like, NonStop Entertainment for pan-Scandinavia, Australia-New Zealand’s Madman Entertainment, and Dutch TV’s NTR.

The 80-minute film – which explores the life of gospel singer and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group The Staple Singers –will qualify for the 88th Academy Awards early next year before premiering on HBO in the U.S. Submarine is representing the remaining domestic rights and foreign territories to the film.

Don’t Blink – Robert Frank, meanwhile, has been picked up in foreign territories including Germany and Austria by NFP Films, Canada through Films We Like and Italy via Feltrinelli. Additional foreign territories as well as a domestic deal for the film will be announced shortly.

The 80-minute film focuses on the work of photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank, including his most notable work through The Americans, a photography book that provided an outsider’s view of American society; and Cocksucker Blues, his controversial 1972 documentary about the Rolling Stones.

The deals were negotiated by Submarine’s David Koh on behalf of the filmmakers and producers, alongside Films We Like’s Ron Mann; Madman MD Paul Wiegard; NonStop CEO Jakob Abrammsson; NTR documentary head Nathalie Windhorst; Feltrinelli’s Anastasia Plazzotta; and NFP MD Christoph Ott.

Both Mavis! and Don’t Blink – Robert Frank are currently screening at IDFA in Amsterdam.

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.