London-based film sales agent and theatrical distributor Dogwoof has acquired the international rights to Avi Belkin’s feature-length documentary Mike Wallace Is Here ahead of next month’s MIPDOC and MIPTV market in Cannes.
The 94-minute film, which held its world premiere as part of the U.S Documentary Competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, offers intimate insight into the life and career of the veteran newsman from his invention of the “tough question” in his 1950s interview program Night Beat to his ascent as lead reporter on CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes.
Unfolding through never-before-seen archive from the 60 Minutes vault, the film explores what drove and plagued Wallace, whose 50-year, on-air career was entwined with the evolution of journalism itself.
The British sales outfit will represent the film for all international territories while Magnolia Pictures earlier picked up North American rights with plans to release in theaters this summer.
Presented by Drexler Films, Mike Wallace Is Here is a Delirio Films production in association with Passion Pictures and Paper Rock Scissors Entertainment.
“Mike Wallace Is Here is an expertly crafted documentary offering an insightful look at one of television’s most influential broadcasters against a backdrop of some of the most significant global events of the late 20th century,” said Oli Harbottle, head of distribution and acquisitions at Dogwoof, in a statement. “At a time when journalism is under intense scrutiny, we look forward to presenting the film to buyers at MIPDOC.”