The deals at Sundance are flying thick and fast. As I'm typing this, another distribution sale is being finished, and another, and another ... I've got a whole other list going of films that might be scoring distribution, but nothing's been finalized. Here's what has been confirmed so far today, besides the Waitress deal:
- Fox Searchlight has bought all worldwide distribution rights (except Canadian) for the feature film Joshua, which premiered at Sundance on Saturday night. The movie is about a child who wreaks psychological havoc on his family. Joshua was written and co-directed by George Ratliff, who directed the 2001 documentary Hell House, and was allegedly shot in 25 days. The cast includes Sam Rockwell and Vera Farmiga. Fox Searchlight plans to release the film this summer. Variety's blog reports a sale price of around $4 million.
- ThinkFilm has bought theatrical rights for the documentary In the Shadow of the Moon for a price estimated in the $1-2 million range. Discovery Films had already bought the North American television rights for the film, which includes interviews with and profiles from astronauts in the Apollo space program. In the Shadow of the Moon is David Sington's directorial debut.
- Sony Pictures Classics has picked up theatrical rights for My Kid Could Paint That for a price estimated in the $1-2 million range. A&E IndieFilms had previously cut a deal for television rights and to become an equity partner in the film. The documentary, directed by Amir Bar-Lev, is about child-prodigy painter Marla Olmstead and the controversy surrounding her father's influence in her artwork.