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Dogwoof picks up Lana Wilson’s “The Departure”

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 ...
March 7, 2017

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.”

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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