Dogwoof inks sales for “Life, Animated,” “Author”

The London-based distributor has secured several European, Scandinavian and Asian deals for Roger Ross Williams' Life, Animated (pictured) and Jeff Feuerzeig's Author: The JT LeRoy Story at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
May 13, 2016

UK distributor Dogwoof has secured several European, Scandinavian and Asian deals for Roger Ross Williams’ Sundance-winning feature Life, Animated (pictured) at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

The London-based outfit has sold the film to Transformer in Japan, Edko in Hong Kong, Non Stop in Scandinavia, CD Kino in the Commonwealth of Independent States (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) and M.R.T.N. Media in the former Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia and Macedonia).

All North American rights for Life, Animated – which tells the story of a young autistic man who has learned to communicate through a love of Disney animation – were previously acquired by The Orchard. The New York-based distributor is set to release the film in the U.S. this July with a qualifying campaign.

Dogwoof has also inked a number of sales for Jeff Feuerzeig‘s Author: The JT LeRoy Story.

The company has sold the film to Non Stop for Scandinavia and the Baltics, as well as Kinosmith for Canada. Streaming giant Amazon and Magnolia Pictures are scheduled to release the film on July 29 in the U.S.

Author introduces audiences to the real writer behind the literary persona of “JT LeRoy,” whose stories about a troubled childhood captivated the literary world until a 2005 New York magazine article revealed Laura Albert to be the true author of the fictional LeRoy’s stories.

Dogwoof recently took its first steps into original content with the launch of its new production investment fund, TDog Productions.

The distributor’s Cannes slate also includes Louise Osmond’s recently acquired Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach; Alma Har’el‘s LoveTrue, a meditation on the meaning of true love across three different stories; Tim Marrinan and Richard Dewey’s Burden, following notorious performance artist Chris Burden; and Maura Axelrod’s Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back, profiling the elusive artist and satirical sculptor.

This year’s Cannes Film Festival runs until May 22.

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