First Hand sells “Shadows of Liberty,” “Partly Fiction”

The Berlin-based distributor has secured international deals for several feature docs, including Shadows of Liberty: The Media a Monopoly in American Journalism, and Sophie Huber's Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (pictured).
February 19, 2013

Berlin-based distributor First Hand Films has secured international deals for several documentaries, including Jean-Philippe Tremblay’s Shadows of Liberty: The Media a Monopoly in American Journalism, and Sophie Huber’s Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (pictured).

Produced by Docfactory, the Cinema for Peace Award-nominated Shadows examines the impact of corporate media concentration and the state of journalism in the United States. First Hand sold all rights for Germany to Salzgeber, Canadian rights to Kinosmith, Israeli broadcast rights to Yes Docu, Spanish broadcast rights to TVE and American TV rights to Link TV.

Elsewhere, the company sold the rights to the Hugofilm-produced Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction - a documentary portrait of the veteran actor and musician – to Tricontinental in Serbia, while Canal+ in Spain and Channel 8 in Israel took TV rights for their respective territories.

First Hand also sold the TV rights for German comedic doc And Who Taught You To Drive? to YLE in Finland, VRT in Belgium and Channel 8 in Israel. Directed by Andrea Thiele and produced by Kloos & Co. Medien, the film follows several foreigners as they attempt to obtain driver’s permits abroad.

Australian network SBS picked up Fonko, a six-part Swedish TV series about the music scenes in Angola, Senegal and Nigeria; VRT in Belgium bought the TV rights for the docs Surviving The Tsunami – My Atomic Aunt and Heroes For a Semester; SVT in Sweden picked up the docs Mountain Love Story and Voices From El Sayed; and RedBull Media bought the rights in German-language territories for the doc The Art of Yodeling.

Finally, Yes Docu in Israel picked up Man For A Day; Channel 8 in Israel bought 1711 Videos – Trespassing Bergman (a.k.a. Bergman’s Video), Heroes for a Semester and The Will; and GA&A in Italy picked up the docs Bam, War Games and the Man Who Stopped Them, Waves of Liberty, The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez and Olafur Eliasson – Space Is Process.

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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 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.