Sundance ’15: Showtime nabs Longinotto’s “Dreamcatcher”

The Sundance Film Festival has kicked off with its first major doc deal, as U.S. cable net Showtime acquires Kim Longinotto's prostitution doc Dreamcatcher (pictured) ahead of its Park City premiere.
January 22, 2015

U.S. cable network Showtime has acquired prostitution documentary Dreamcatcher (pictured), ahead of its Sunday (January 24) world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Directed by Kim Longinotto (SalmaDivorce Iranian Style), the film spotlights Brenda Myers-Powell, a former Chicago prostitute who created The Dreamcatcher Foundation, in order to help teenage girls and women escape the sex industry and their abuse-filled lives.

Dreamcatcher, from Rise Films, Vixen Films and Green Acres, is part of the festival’s World Cinema Documentary program. It was produced by Lisa Stevens and Teddy Leifer, with Dan Cogan, Geralyn White Dreyfous and Regina K. Scully serving as executive producers.

No date has been set yet for its debut on Showtime. Andrew Herwitz of the Film Sales Company negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.

>Besides its Dreamcatcher acquisition, Showtime and its Sho: Close Up documentary banner have a busy schedule ahead at Sundance: Its Listen To Me Marlon features audio tapes of Marlon Brando as he ruminates on his craft and his personal life, while Prophet’s Prey studies the life of Warren Jeffs and his twisted polygamous life inside the Church of Latter-Day Saints.

Longinotto pitched Dreamcatcher to potential investors at the Chicago Good Pitch back in 2013, as reported by realscreen at the time.

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