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FilmRise takes “By Sidney Lumet,” “Finding Oscar”

New York-based sales agent FilmRise has acquired the North American distribution rights to Nancy Buirski‘s By Sidney Lumet (pictured). The film, which held its world premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film ...
December 6, 2016

New York-based sales agent FilmRise has acquired the North American distribution rights to Nancy Buirski‘s By Sidney Lumet (pictured).

The film, which held its world premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, paints a portrait of the life and career of Oscar-winning film director Sidney Lumet, from growing up on New York’s Lower East Side and experiencing the front lines of World War II to helming 12 Angry Men, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, and four-time Oscar-winner Network.

Also featured in the film is a previously unseen 2008 interview with the renowned directed shot by late filmmaker Daniel Anker.

“Making this film led me to new discoveries about the importance of Sidney’s large and masterful body of work,” said Buirski in a statement, noting that the film will find new audiences through FilmRise.

By Sidney Lumet will make its exclusive U.S. broadcast debut on PBS arts strand ‘American Masters’ on Jan. 3 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

FilmRise will further release the doc on streaming platforms and via physical release beginning early 2017.

The deal was negotiated between FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher and VP of acquisitions Max Einhorn with Augusta Films, represented by Simon Pulman of Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP.

The film is a production of Augusta Films and American Masters Pictures in association with RatPac Documentary Films, Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation, Matador and Anker Productions.

Elsewhere, the distributor has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to the Steven Spielberg exec-produced doc Finding Oscar, which follows the investigation into the Dos Erres massacre of December 1982.

The film documents the story of Oscar Ramírez, who was spared by Guatemalan military army commandos and raised by one of the men who killed his entire family. More than three decades later, Ramírez learns that he may be the key to finding justice for the forgotten people of Dos Erres.

The doc, which held its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival, was directed by Ryan Suffern, who also produced the doc alongside Frank Marshall.

FilmRise will release the film theatrically in spring of 2017. The film will be available for streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the summer of 2017.

Finding Oscar is the latest film to emerge from The Kennedy/Marshall Company’s documentary division, and is a co-production with USC Shoah Foundation.

The deal was negotiated between FilmRise’s Fisher and Einhorn with Kevin Iwashina and Adam Galen of Preferred Content.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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