Feature-film production unit picks up 'Paint'
A&E IndieFilms has made the first Sundance prebuy, picking up North American television rights for Amir Bar-Lev’s “My Kid Could Paint That,” a docu about a painting prodigy.Company, the feature-film production unit of the cable net, also is investing in the film and taking an equity stake. Parties will seek a theatrical deal at the fest, with the movie going to A&E for the cable-television window after any theatrical release. Bar-Lev previously directed Holocaust docu “Fighter,” fest-circuit fave that won awards at the Newport and Hamptons film festivals plus others. “Kid,” produced by director’s Axis Films and exec produced by John Battsek and Andrew Ruhemann, world preems Sunday at Sundance. Movies centers on Marla Olmstead, a 4-year-old whose abstract paintings have sold for tens of thousands of dollars. It’s rare for a TV net to board a Sundance film before a theatrical partner is in place, but insiders said A&E was interested in taking a piece of this particular film. A&E IndieFilms has been developing a slate of docus, producing Oscar-nommed “Murderball” and evangelical docu “Jesus Camp.” CAA and Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment repped the filmmakers in the deal.