London-based distributor Dogwoof has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to Emmy Award-winning Lana Wilson’s forthcoming feature documentary The Departure.
The film (pictured), which is slated to enjoy its world premiere next month at the Tribeca Film Festival, profiles Japanese Buddhist priest Ittetsu Nemoto, renowned for saving the lives of suicidal individuals at the cost of his own family and health.
Drifting Cloud Productions and ITVS coproduced the film, which is exec produced by Sally Jo Fifer of ITVS; Lilly Hartley and Jeffrey Tarrant of Candescent Films; Mike Lerner of Roast Beef Productions; and Diane L. Max and Regina K. Scully of Artemis Rising Foundation.
Dogwoof will handle worldwide sales for The Departure across all platforms. ITVS holds the first TV window in the U.S.
The deal was negotiated between Dogwoof and executive producer Mike Lerner of Roast Beef Productions.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Dogwoof on The Departure,” said Wilson in a statement. “They have introduced many of the most ambitious, artistic, and provocative documentaries of our time to the world. Their expertise in the international marketplace is exactly what we need to get this film out to the widest audience possible.”