Magnolia swings into “Alive and Kicking”

The U.S. distributor has acquired the worldwide rights to Susan Glatzer's swing dancing documentary Alive and Kicking (pictured).
April 18, 2016

U.S. distributor Magnolia Pictures has acquired the worldwide rights to Susan Glatzer’s swing dancing documentary Alive and Kicking (pictured).

The Blumhouse Productions-made film, which enjoyed its world premiere at last month’s SXSW festival, offers an in-depth look into the culture of swing dancing, from Lindy Hop in the U.S. to the modern-day issues facing American society and its international reach across the globe.

The film features interviews and exclusive access to such renowned musicians and dancers as Norma Miller, Chazz Young, Chester Whitmore, Dawn Hampton, Frida and Skye, Kevin and Jo, Sharon and Juan, Sylvia Sykes, George Gee, Stompy Jones and Jonathan Stout.

Robert Rippberger serves as executive producer on the film.

The deal was negotiated between Dori Begley, senior VP of acquisitions, and John Von Thaden, VP of acquisitions for Magnolia, with Zac Locke, senior VP of business and legal affairs at Blumhouse Productions.

Magnolia’s Christina Rogers, head of worldwide sales, and Scott Veltri, VP of international sales, will represent the film for Magnolia International at the Cannes Film Festival, which runs May 11 to 22.

All international rights for Alive and Kicking are currently available.

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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 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.