“Miss Sharon Jones!”, “Cameraperson” secure distribution

Starz Digital has picked up Barbara Kopple's Miss Sharon Jones! (pictured, left), while Janus Films has acquired Kirsten Johnson's Cameraperson (right).
May 25, 2016

Two veteran doc makers have lined up North American distribution for their latest films.

Starz Digital has taken the North American rights for two-time Oscar winner Barbara Kopple‘s Miss Sharon Jones! (pictured, left), about the titular New York city soul singer.

The distributor is planning a theatrical opening on July 29 and digital, on-demand and home video releases in the fall.

Shot over the course of a year, Miss Sharon Jones! follows the singer as she attempts to keep her band, The Dap-Kings, together while undergoing cancer treatment. The film was produced by Kopple and David Cassidy and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year.

Read realscreen‘s interview with Kopple about the making of Miss Sharon Jones! here.

Meanwhile, art-house imprint Janus Films has picked up all North American rights for Kirsten Johnson’s essay film Cameraperson (right) for a fall theatrical run.

Produced by Marilyn Ness of Big Mouth Productions, the doc premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and has since screened at the Full Frame Film Festival and the San Francisco International Film Festival where it won the Documentary Feature Golden Gate Award.

Comprised mainly of footage shot over Johnson’s 15-year career as a doc shooter and filmmaker, Cameraperson moves between Nigeria, Rwanda, Bosnia, New York, Texas, Darfur, Afghanistan and many other locations to ponder memories and ethical questions inherent to the documentary field.

Read realscreen‘s interview with Johnson about Cameraperson here.

Submarine Entertainment negotiated both deals.

About The Author
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.