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FilmRise, PBS acquire Nanfu Wang’s “I Am Another You”

New York-based film and television distributor FilmRise has acquired the North American distribution rights to Nanfu Wang‘s sophomore documentary I Am Another You. PBS documentary strand ‘Independent Lens’, meanwhile, has acquired ...
April 12, 2017

New York-based film and television distributor FilmRise has acquired the North American distribution rights to Nanfu Wang‘s sophomore documentary I Am Another You.

PBS documentary strand ‘Independent Lens’, meanwhile, has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to the 82-minute cinéma vérité film (pictured), where it will enjoy its television debut in early 2018.

The film, which premiered at the 2017 SXSW film festival and will have its theatrical release later this year, documents 22-year-old drifter Dylan Olsen’s rejection of society’s rules while intentionally choosing to live on the streets.

I Am Another You took home the Special Jury Recognition for Excellence in Documentary Storytelling and the SXSW LUNA Chicken & Egg Award — a special award for the best documentary directed by a woman.

Additionally, FilmRise opted-in to Amazon Video Direct’s Film Festival Stars — a new program designed to establish a distribution model for films screened at film festivals, beginning with Sundance. I Am Another You will be available to stream next year on Amazon Prime Video.

I Am Another You is produced by New York prodco Little Horse Crossing the River in association with Hard Working Movies. Wang serves as director, cinematographer and editor. Producers on the film include Wang and Lori Cheatle, and is co-produced, co-edited and photographed by Michael Shade.

The deal was negotiated by FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher and VP of acquisitions Max Einhorn; Lois Vossen for PBS ‘Independent Lens’; and Ben Braun, Matt Burke and Josh Braun of Submarine, representing the producers.

“Nanfu uses her outsider perspective as a Chinese filmmaker to bring a luminous new perspective to the romantic American idea of the young vagabond,” said Vossen in a statement. “I Am Another You plays like an empathetic hipster detective story and shatters our image of who is living on our streets.”

“We’re so thrilled to be working with FilmRise and ‘Independent Lens’,” added Wang. “Our hope is for this film to provoke new conversations across the country, across age groups, and on all kinds of platforms, and we couldn’t ask for better partners than FilmRise and ‘Independent Lens’ to make this possible.”

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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