Celluloid Dreams picks up “The Eagle Huntress”

Paris-based Celluloid Dreams has acquired international distribution rights for Otto Bell's documentary The Eagle Huntress, which world premiered at Sundance last month.
February 12, 2016

Paris-based Celluloid Dreams has acquired international distribution rights for Otto Bell‘s documentary The Eagle Huntress.

Executive produced by Morgan Spurlock and Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor Daisy Ridley, the film world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last month.

Distributor Sony Pictures Classics picked up the doc in North America, Latin America, Germany, Australia/New Zealand, Scandinavia and Asia. Celluloid Dreams will handle the rest of the world.

The doc tells the story of Aisholpan Nurigav, a 13-year-old Mongolian eagle hunter who defies 2,000 years of history by becoming the first woman to practice the ancient tradition. The film was shot in the Altai Mountains of Northwestern Mongolia and inspired by a photo essay by photographer Asher Svidensky that went viral in 2014.

The Eagle Huntress marks the feature filmmaking debut from Bell, who also serves as VP and group creative director for Turner Broadcasting’s brand studio, Courageous. The film was produced by Stacey Reiss and Sharon Chang. Spurlock, Ridley, Jeremy Chilnick, Marc H. Simon, Dan Cogan, Regina K. Scully, Barbara Dobkin and Susan MacLaury served as executive producers in association with the Artemis Rising Foundation Impact Partners, Shine Global and Warrior Poets.

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