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HBO buys Sundance-bound autism documentary

The U.S. net has acquired the American TV rights to autism-focused documentary How to Dance in Ohio (pictured), which will have its world premiere at Sundance later this month.
January 14, 2015

Pay-TV network HBO has acquired the U.S. TV rights to autism-focused documentary How to Dance in Ohio (pictured), which will have its world premiere at Sundance later this month.

The rites of passage film, directed by Alexandra Shiva (StagedoorBombay Eunuch), follows a group of young people in Columbus, Ohio, with an array of developmental challenges as they prepare for their spring formal dances.

The film will have its world premiere on January 25 in Sundance’s U.S. Documentary Competition, and will have its U.S. TV debut on HBO later this year.

“A domestic broadcast on HBO will ensure that this film reaches the widest possible audience throughout the country,” said Shiva in a statement. “This is a film not only for the many whose lives are touched in some way by autism, but also for anyone who can relate to the fraught experience of growing up and trying to understand adulthood.”

The deal was negotiated with HBO by Andrew Herwitz, president of The Film Sales Company, on behalf of the filmmaker. Jason Blum of Blumhouse is the film’s exec producer.

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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