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Sales round-up: Deals for PBS and FilmRise

The PBS series Independent Lens has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to filmmaker Jennifer Brea’s 2017 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize Award winning documentary UNREST. Brea’s debut film is a ...
February 1, 2017

The PBS series Independent Lens has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to filmmaker Jennifer Brea’s 2017 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize Award winning documentary UNREST.

Brea’s debut film is a personal story of her life as a Harvard PhD student about to marry the love of her life when she (pictured) is struck down by a fever that leaves her bedridden. In the months following her wedding, she becomes progressively more ill, only to discover from her own research that she suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome, like millions of others who are confined to their beds and homes.

The deal was brokered by Lois Vossen for Independent Lens with Matt Burke of Submarine representing the filmmakers together with Abby Davis and Kevin Iwashina of Preferred Content.

Submarine and Preferred Content are currently negotiating for the SVOD rights with a deal expected to be reached soon. Brea’s doc will air at South By Southwest Film Festival in March.

Independent Lens will air UNREST during their first quarter in 2018 on PBS following a national theatrical distribution.

Elsewhere, New-York-based film and television distributor FilmRise has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to Swedish director Kasper Collin‘s I Called Him Morgan.

The feature chronicles the tragic life of jazz musician Lee Morgan, who was shot and killed by his common-law wife, Helen, while performing at a club in New York City in 1972. His death left a hole in the jazz community that he’d been part of since his teens when he started to play trumpet alongside John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey and other jazz legends.

Directed by Collin, I Called Him Morgan uses archival footage, photographs, and recordings and never-before-seen interviews with some of the men who shared the stage with Morgan to tell the story of the jazz legend’s life.

The movie is executive produced by Ron Mann, Nicole Stott and Dan Braun and was screened at ArtHouse Convergence in Midway, Utah ahead of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

I Called Him Morgan will be released in theaters by FilmRise in partnership with Submarine Deluxe in March 2017.

Photo courtesy of Sundance Film Festival

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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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