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Exclusive: “Us Kids” doc secures first international sales through Cargo

The critically acclaimed documentary Us Kids has secured its first major international sale with ZDF in Germany this week. The deal was followed by a slew of other agreements for the ...
September 29, 2021

The critically acclaimed documentary Us Kids has secured its first major international sale with ZDF in Germany this week.

The deal was followed by a slew of other agreements for the film with Madman in Australia and New Zealand, VGTV in Norway, PCCW in Hong Kong and several others currently under negotiation.

Us Kids, which premiered at Sundance this year, has already racked up multiple award wins including the Full Frame Award for Human Rights. It was recently picked up by New York-based global documentary film sales agent Cargo Film & Releasing for international rights.

The documentary, directed by Kim A. Snyder (Newtown) covers the events after the Feb. 14, 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Students at the school reacted to the tragedy by launching a global youth movement against gun violence that included more than 800 groups across the U.S. and around the world. The film includes central leaders of the movement including X González and David Hogg.

The film is produced by Maria Cuomo Cole, who worked with Snyder on films such as Newtown and Lessons from a School Shooting: Notes from Dunblane, as well as Lori Cheatle (Matangi/Maya/M.I.A).

“We’re thrilled how the international buying community is responding to this story of resilience and courage from today’s youth. The film is inspirational and hopeful and we need these stories right now,” said David Piperni, president of Cargo Film & Releasing in a statement.

About The Author
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 HMV.com. 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.

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