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Extra: MTV acquires Tribeca-winning doc; TIFF teams with NBA for short films

MTV acquires worldwide rights to Ascension MTV Documentary Film has acquired worldwide rights to Ascension (登楼叹), the winner of the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival award for Best Documentary and Best New Documentary ...
August 13, 2021

MTV acquires worldwide rights to Ascension

MTV Documentary Film has acquired worldwide rights to Ascension (登楼叹), the winner of the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival award for Best Documentary and Best New Documentary Filmmaker.

The film, directed and edited by Jessica Kingdon, was shot in 51 locations across China, and is an exploration of China’s industrial supply chain, revealing the country’s growing class divide through observations of labor, consumerism and wealth. Ascension (pictured) covers workers running factory production, the middle class selling to aspirational consumers and elites reveling in a new level of hedonistic enjoyment.

MTV will release Ascension on Oct. 8 and qualify it for awards consideration later this year. The film was produced by Kingdon, Kira Simon-Kennedy and Nathan Truesdell, with Ryan Kampe, David and Natasha Dolby, Kathryn Everett, Bryn Mooser and Tony Hsieh acting as executive producers, and Justin Lacob and Andy Hsieh as co-executive producers.

“NBA Films for Fans” program at TIFF

The NBA is teaming up with the Toronto International Film Festival, and Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) to launch “NBA Films for Fans created with OLG,” a short film program celebrating Canada’s connection to basketball ahead of the league’s 75th anniversary season.

The series of five short films from Canadian filmmakers and basketball fans will premiere at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival in September. The films were commissioned by the NBA and sponsored by OLG, and pay tribute to the milestones and moments that link the league and basketball in general to Canada, the country where the game was invented.

Each filmmaker received a grant from the NBA and support from OLG, as well as access to the league’s video archives and promotional support from the league throughout the season.

The program’s films are Shorty from director Romeo Candido, about a father teaching his daughter about the NBA’s smallest players; Inheritance from Shawn Gerrard, about how the love of basketball is passed down through generations; Born Identities from Kat Jayme, about the creation of the logos of Canada’s two NBA expansion franchises during the 1990s; Draft Day from Thyrone Tommy, about Canadian NBA hopefuls; and The Shot from S.M. Terrell, about an iconic shot.

Two new unscripted series coming to Super Channel Fuse

Super Channel Fuse will debut two unscripted docuseries in September.

First, the true crime series Charmed to Death from Breakthrough Entertainment will premiere on Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. E.T. Then on Sept. 20, Farpoint Film’s Disaster Déjà Vu will premiere at 8 p.m. E.T. All episodes in both series will be available to stream on Super Channel On Demand the day after their linear premiere.

Super Channel is available through most cable providers, as well as through Amazon Prime Video channels and the Apple TV app.

Each episode of Charmed to Death (8 x 60 minutes) follows the trail of a con artist who uses romance to lie, cheat, steal and murder. Meanwhile, Disaster Déjà Vu (13 x 48 minutes) is the second of four unscripted docuseries that Super Channel Fuse recently acquired from Farpoint Films. Each episode of the series features two cities and a disaster that each city suffered twice, using GFX, original film footage and photos, along with sound design, to convey the weight of these devastating incidents to viewers.

With files from Justin Anderson

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