FilmRise takes global rights for “Sunshine Makers”

The Brooklyn-based distributor will give Cosmo Feilding Mellen's documentary about LSD manufacturers from the 1960s a theatrical run this fall.
May 24, 2016

FilmRise has taken worldwide distribution rights to Cosmo Feilding Mellen’s documentary The Sunshine Makers.

The Brooklyn-based  film and TV distributor will give the doc, which had its world premiere at the DOC NYC festival last year, a theatrical run in the fall.

The film tells the story of Nicholas Sand and Tim Scully, underground chemists and cult figures from the 1960s who manufactured industrial quantities of acid as part of a utopian mission, and sparked the psychedelic movement in the process.

Feilding Mellen, the son of LSD advocate and drug policy reformer Amanda Feilding, co-wrote the doc with Connie Littlefield. It was produced by George Chignell and Nicole Stott of Passion Pictures and exec produced by John Battsek and Persephone Pictures’ Omar Fayed.

“Now more than ever, the use of LSD is being discussed and debated all over the world, proving just how relevant and impactful Sand and Scully’s story remains,” Feilding Mellen said in a statement.

The deal was negotiated between FlimRise’s CEO Danny Fisher and VP of acquisitions Max Einhorn with sales agent Submarine’s Matt Burke.

FilmRise last week recruited Content Media Corporation as its international sales arm. The distributor’s 6,000-plus title catalog includes National Bird, The Bad Kids, Reset and Holy Hell.

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.