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‘TV Junkie,’ ‘Stay’ sell at Sundance

Docu sells o'seas, Goldthwait finds domestic distrib

This article was updated at 5:27 p.m.

PARK CITY, Utah — Acquisitions deals continued to close as the Sundance film fest headed into its final weekend, with deals closing for Bob Goldthwait’s comedy “Stay” and buzz docu “TV Junkie.”

“TV Junkie” is the latest in a spate of international deals at the usually U.S.-centric Sundance film fest. Foreign sales banner Katapult’s picked up overseas rights to buzz docu repped by ICM, Submarine and Ring the Jing Entertainment at Sundance.

“Junkie” was honing in on a U.S. distrib deal as the fest headed into its final weekend here. Pic is a portrait of its journalist Rick Kirkham as he struggles to balance his personal life as while in the throes of drug addiction. Pic was produced by Michael Cain, who co-helmed with Matt Radecki. Katapult is based in Los Angeles and headed by Thomas Mai and producer Joni Sighvatsson.

Domestic distrib for ‘Stay’

Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn Films took domestic rights to laffer “Stay.” The two companies are partners in the IDP distribution label.

“Stay” was being repped here by WMA, and the domestic pick-up came just a day after French banner Gaumont acquired overseas rights to the pic. “Stay” follows a young, engaged teacher (Melinda Page Hamilton) who is haunted by an impulsive sexual encounter from her past. When she reveals her secret, all hell breaks loose. Pic was written and helmed by funnyman Goldthwait, and produced by Martin Pasetta Jr.

“I’ve never encountered a film that so intelligently combines raunchy humor with warmth and emotional truth,” said Eric d’Arbeloff, who heads Roadside with Howard Cohen. “Bob Goldthwait’s film is going to draw people for its outrageous premise, but they will leave the theatre surprised how much it touches them.”

Acquisitions exec Peter Goldwyn brought the film into Goldwyn Films; pic is in current release with “The Squid and the Whale,” which Goldwyn bought last year at Sundance.

On the horizon

Pacts for Sundance pics including “The Illusionist,” “Half-Nelson,” “Foot Fist Way,” “Special,” “The Hawk Is Dying,” “Solo Dios sabe,” “Small Gay Bar” and “Destricted” were also expected to close shortly.

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