MTV Documentary Films has acquired the worldwide rights to the feature documentary Krimes, the new film from award-winning director Alysa Nahmias (Unfinished Spaces, Unrest).
The film tells the story of 26-year-old Jesse Krimes, who has been creating conceptual art during his six-year stint in prison, like a mural made from bed sheets, newspaper and hair gel. With the help of fellow artists, Krimes smuggles out panels of his work one piece at a time to avoid being caught with contraband. As such, he can only see his art in totality after his release. The film traces Krimes’ story as his work captures the attention of the art community while the artist himself struggles to adjust to life on the outside.
Krimes had its world premiere at the Heartland International Film Festival, where MTV Documentary Films first saw it, and it screened at DOC NYC on November 14.
The film is a production of Nahmias’s AJNA prodco, in association with Wavelength and Giving Voice Films. It was produced by Amanda Spain, Benjamin Murray and Nahimias. Executive producers are Jenifer Westphal, Joe Plummer, Patty Quillin, Hallee Adelman and Ivy Herman, with co-executive producers Nion McEvoy, Leslie Berriman, Ruth Ann Harnisch and Sheri Sobrato-Brisson.
The deal was negotiated by ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers and with Lance McPherson for MTV Documentary Films.
“I’m honored that Jesse Krimes and the other brilliant artists in this film entrusted me with their story, and that Sheila Nevins found our film at Heartland Film Festival, which tells us she and the team at MTV Documentary Films aren’t just looking to do what everyone else is doing,” said Nahimas in a release. “They are on the cutting edge, focusing on artistry combined with important subject matter, and we are excited they will be bringing Krimes to audiences across the world.”
Added Sheila Nevins, executive producer at MTV Documentary Films: “Incarcerated for six years, Jesse Krimes created conceptual art in prison. The soul of this artist was birthed while he was trapped in confinement. What follows is a surprising and inspirational story of art and justice.”