NEW YORK — The Sundance Channel has bought seven movies from Zeitgeist Films, an independent movie distributor, and landed the first pay TV window to a pair of United Artists pics: “No Man’s Land,” which won the Academy Award for foreign-language film, and Terry Zwigoff’s “Ghost World.”
Paola Freccero, senior VP of Sundance, said the network has a big advantage in being partially owned by Showtime Networks, which has an output deal with MGM/UA.
“Showtime takes a look at all of the movies in its output deals and decides which ones would be right to premiere on Sundance,” Freccero said.
Previous Sundance debuts include Sony Pictures Classics’ “The Opposite of Sex” and Artisan’s “Requiem for a Dream.”
The Zeitgeist theatricals include the French movie “See the Sea,” directed by Francois Ozon; “The Turandot Project,” a docu about the collaboration between conductor Zubin Mehta and Chinese movie director Zhang Yimou; and the Emmy-nominated docu “The Brandon Teena Story,” which dealt with the same incident dramatized in Fox Searchlight’s “Boys Don’t Cry.”