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Alliance rolls into ‘Dogtown’

Pic perfect fit for slate, Horowitz sez

HOLLYWOOD — Alliance Atlantis has picked up worldwide rights, excluding the U.S. and English-speaking territories, to the Sundance award-winning skateboard documentary “Dogtown and Z-Boys.”

Pic, screening at this year’s Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 9, will be distributed by Sony Pictures Classics in the U.S. (SPC also holds other English-speaking territories.)

Co-written and directed by skater Stacy Peralta and narrated by Sean Penn, pic chronicles the rise and fall of the 1970s Southern California skate scene by profiling the Zephyr Team (Z-Boys) in “Dogtown,” a seedy stretch of oceanfront in West L.A. To tell its story, pic relies on latter-day interviews, archival footage and still pics.

Shoe and apparel company Vans fully funded the film., which won both the 2001 Sundance Film Festival’s audience and best director awards (shared with “Scout’s Honor”) in the docu category. Pic’s soundtrack includes tracks from Jim Hendrix, Led Zepplin and Aerosmith. Docu is a Vans Off The Wall production produced by Agi Oris and Jay Wilson, VP of global marketing for Vans.

“I’d heard about the film at Sundance and when I eventually got a chance to see it I was completely blown-away by its intensity and style — and I knew it was the perfect fit for the Alliance Atlantis slate,” said Mark Horowitz, president of Alliance Atlantis Pictures Intl.

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