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Magnolia Pictures picks up “Whose Streets?”

Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Whose Streets? by filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis. The film aims to tell the story of the Ferguson, Missouri protests that took place ...
February 8, 2017

Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Whose Streets? by filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis.

The film aims to tell the story of the Ferguson, Missouri protests that took place Aug. 9, 2014 after the shooting death of Mike Brown, an 18-year-old African-American, by a white police officer. Brown’s death sparked ongoing protests and civil unrest in the predominantly black community.

The doc chronicles the lives of Ferguson activists who remain part of a movement for racial justice.

Whose Streets? premiered in the U.S. Documentary Competition at Sundance and is the debut feature film of writer and director Folayan and co-director Davis. The film is produced by Jennifer MacArthur in association with her Borderline Media.

Magnolia plans a summer theatrical release of the doc to coincide with the anniversary of Brown’s murder after its film festival run this spring.

The deal was negotiated by Magnolia co-EVP Dori Begley and SVP of acquisitions John Von Thaden with Josh Braun, Ben Braun, Matt Burke and David Koh of Submarine and David Morrison of Thompson Bukher LLP on behalf of the filmmakers.

Image by Lucas Alvarado Farrar 

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