Grasshopper acquires Kartemquin’s “In the Game”

Distributor Grasshopper Film has taken the VOD and non-theatrical rights to director Maria Finitzo's documentary In the Game (pictured), produced by Kartemquin Films.
March 2, 2016

Distributor Grasshopper Film has picked up the VOD and non-theatrical rights to director Maria Finitzo‘s documentary In the Game.

The film, which follows three members of a girls’ soccer team from an inner-city Chicago high school, will screen at SXSW later this month and at the Chicago Latino Film Festival in April. It was produced by Kartemquin Films.

Grasshopper Film is a new distributor founded by former Cinema Guild exec Ryan Krivoshey during the European Film Market in Berlin last month. The company plans to release eight to 12 titles theatrically per year and more than 50 via VOD, digital and other non-traditional outlets.

Six years in the making, In the Game premiered theatrically in the U.S. in Chicago last September and has screened at festivals such as St. Louis and Madrid and at libraries and educational institutions such as the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport.

The deal was negotiated by Krivoshey and Kartemquin’s director of communications and distribution Tim Horsburgh.

Kartemquin, best known as the producer behind Hoop Dreams and The Interrupters, is this year celebrating its 50th anniversary. The prodco recently received US$1 million in grants for support over the next two years from the MacArthur Foundation and Sage Foundation.

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