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Dogwoof picks up Sundance docuseries “Seeds of Deceit”, “Philly D.A.”

London-headquartered documentary distributor Dogwoof has acquired the rights to two docuseries premiering at this year’s Sundance Film Festival: Seeds of Deceit and Philly D.A. Dogwoof will represent the three-part series Seeds ...
January 11, 2021

London-headquartered documentary distributor Dogwoof has acquired the rights to two docuseries premiering at this year’s Sundance Film Festival: Seeds of Deceit and Philly D.A.

Dogwoof will represent the three-part series Seeds of Deceit (pictured), co-produced by Dutch pubcaster VPRO, worldwide excluding The Netherlands; and eight-part series Philly D.A., co-produced by PBS ‘Independent Lens,’ internationally excluding the U.S.

Miriam Guttman’s Seeds of Deceit, which will have its world premiere Jan. 28 as part of Sundance’s Indie Series, investigates the revelation that Dutch fertility doctor, Dr. Jan Karbaat, secretly inseminated more than 65 of his patients with his own semen.

The series — the only Dutch production to screen at the 2021 festival — examines how Karbaat got away with it and the repercussions that haunt those affected. It is produced by Monique Busman and Michiel van Erp for De Familie Film & TV, in addition to VPRO.

Philly D.A., meanwhile, delves into the election and tumultuous first term of U.S. civil rights attorney Larry Krasner, who leads a band of activists attempting to end mass incarceration by taking over the District Attorney’s Office.

Created and produced by Ted Passon, Nicole Salazar, and Yoni Brook, and directed by Passon and Brook, Philly D.A. is a production of the Department of Motion Pictures and All Ages Productions and is a co-production of ITVS with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in association with PBS and Topic.

Josh Penn and Michael Gottwald produce for the Dept of Motion Pictures, and Dawn Porter serves as executive producer.

The first two episodes premiere Feb. 2 as part of Sundance’s Premieres section.

The acquisitions expand Dogwoof’s episodic slate which includes recent series Hillary, The Cult of the Family and Women Make Film.

Oli Harbottle, Dogwoof’s head of acquisitions, said in a statement: “After much success handling series these past couple of years, it’s great to be going into this year’s Sundance with two episodic projects.”

The Sundance Institute revealed in December that its flagship seven-day Sundance Film Festival would undergo a digital transformation that will see the 2021 event offered via a custom-designed online platform.

This year’s festival runs Jan. 28 to Feb. 3.

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