SUNDANCE: US cablenet Starz has acquired a 10-part documentary series from Hoop Dreams director Steve James that has its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this week. America to Me, created by James (The Interrupters, Life Itself) and produced by Participant Media and Kartemquin Films, follows students, teachers and administrators in suburban Chicago’s Oak Park and River Forest High School over the course of a year. The network picked up the show in Park City for an undisclosed sum.
US pubcaster PBS’s Independent Lens strand has joined a coalition of international buyers looking to acquire feature documentaries at this week’s Sundance Film Festival. The coalition, now in its third year, is helmed by California-based sales agent Ro*Co Films and was established to compete with global streaming giants such as Netflix and Amazon. Recent years have seen these VoD giants acquire all-world rights to a number of high-profile docs, often at eye-watering prices.
Canadian festival Hot Docs is to honour two-time Oscar winner Barbara Kopple with this year’s Outstanding Achievement Award, while Canadian filmmaker John Walker will receive the mid-career Focus On retrospective. Kopple, who won Academy Awards for Best Documentary Feature with 1991’s American Dream and 1977’s Harlan County USA, will see a retrospective of her work screened at this year’s 25th annual Hot Docs, which runs in Toronto from April 26 to May 6.
Congratulations to all of today’s #Oscar2018 nominees for Best Documentary Feature. Today is for celebrating your incredible achievements, so let’s focus on that, but tomorrow we need to have a frank conversation about the snubbing of ‘Jane.’
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