London-based distributor MercuryMedia International has acquired My Name is Salt (pictured), a doc set to have its world premiere at IDFA later this month, as well as Basically, Johnny Moped.
My Name is Salt, a Swiss-Indian doc from Leafbird Films and director Farida Pacha, tells stories of families who make white salt every summer in a Gujarat desert; a tedious process that takes eight months.
The other film the distributor has acquired is Dartmouth Films’ Basically, John Moped, which screened at Sheffield Doc/Fest and is also playing at IDFA.
The doc profiles a forgotten punk band from Croydon in London, and also depicts suburban Britain in the 1970s.
Directed by Fred Burns, the film includes interviews with Chrissie Hynde and guitarist Captain Sensible, who is the filmmaker’s father, and tries to get to the bottom of why the band did not make it.
“These films could not be more different, but both tell compelling personal stories with huge attention to detail and character,” said Nick Ware, managing director of MercuryMedia. “We think that audiences are going to fall in love with the characters and care passionately about what happens to them.”