MIPTV ’15: Dogwoof sends “Cartel Land” across Europe

Director Matthew Heineman's Sundance-winning doc Cartel Land (pictured) has been picked up by networks in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and the Netherlands.
April 15, 2015

Director Matthew Heineman’s Sundance-winning documentary on the Mexican drug wars, Cartel Land (pictured), has secured several deals with networks in Europe.

Denmark’s DR, Sweden’s SVT, Norway’s NKR, Finland’s YLE and the Netherlands’ VPRO have picked up the film from international distributor Dogwoof.

Cartel Land, which won directing and cinematography prizes at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, follows two different vigilante groups battling Mexican drug cartels on either side of the Mexico-U.S. border. While the Arizona Border Recon monitors a 52-mile desert stretch in the U.S., the civilian-led Autodefensas in Mexico combat the Knights Templar cartel.

Ahead of MIPTV, BBC Storyville acquired the British TV rights. Dogwoof is planning a UK theatrical run in the fall and The Orchard is handling North American theatrical and digital releases.

Cartel Land was produced by The Documentary Group and Our Time Projects for A&E IndieFilms.

In related news, Dogwoof sold director Mor Loushy’s doc Censored Voices, Ryan Mullins’ Chameleon and Kim Loginotto’s Love is All and Dreamcatcher to DR. SVT also picked up Chameleon, Dreamcatcher and Censored Voices, while VGTV in Norway picked up Dreamcatcher and NRK acquired Censored Voices.

NDR Arte and History Channel in Japan picked up Todd Miller’s 2014 Sundance doc Dinosaur 13, and VRT Beligum bought Alex Gibney’s Finding Fela and Dreamcatcher, which also sold to Israel’s DBS. Lastly, AMC Global picked up Print the Legend to air across Malaysia and the Middle East and North Africa.

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