Sundance ’15: Dogwoof nabs “Dreamcatcher”

Distributor Dogwoof has acquired all UK and international rights for Kim Longinotto's Sundance-bound, prostitution-focused documentary Dreamcatcher (pictured).
December 4, 2014

Distributor Dogwoof has acquired all UK and international rights for Kim Longinotto’s Sundance-bound, prostitution-focused documentary Dreamcatcher (pictured).

The deal, agreed between Dogwoof and the production team of Rise Films, Green Acres Films and Vixen Films, will see Dogwoof handle all foreign sales, with a UK cinema release planned for March 6, 2015.

The doc is the latest work in a long career of female-focused films from Longinotto, coming after such works as Rough Aunties, Pink Saris, Salma, Gaea Girls, Love is All and The Day I Will Never Forget.

Her newest effort focuses on Brenda Myers-Powell, a former prostitute who runs the Dreamcatcher Foundation, which aims to inspire young women to turn their lives around and follow their dreams.

Lisa Stevens, who produces the doc alongside Teddy Leifer, came to the project after years of nurturing a relationship with Myers-Powell and the other subjects, having made the film Crack House USA with director Anthony Wonke.

“We are looking at one of the most memorable characters in recent years, said Anna Godas, CEO of Dogwoof. “Brenda’s magnetism teamed with Kim’s sensibility makes Dreamcatcher an irresistible story about reaching one’s dreams.”

Dogwoof and Rise Films previously worked together on Steve James’s doc The Interrupters, which premiered in 2011.

Dreamcatcher‘s executive producers are Dan Cogan, Geralyn Dreyfous and Regina K. Scully, with John Stack serving as associate producer.  The film was financed and produced in association with Impact Partners, Artemis Rising Foundation, Chicken & Egg Pictures and VPRO.

Andrew Herwitz of The Film Sales Company is handling North American rights.

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