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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.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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