10 films generating interest among execs

A mildly acquisitive Sundance coupled with economic woes and a tough theatrical marketplace have buyers casting a particularly cautious eye on this year’s Tribeca lineup. Still, a few titles are piquing interest among execs. Here are 10:

Ball Don’t Lie

Urban coming-of-ager about a streetballer (real-life basketball star Grayson Boucher) who overcomes his troubled past. Pic is feature debut of Brin Hill (short “Morning Breath”) and based on Matt de la Pena’s popular novel. Co-stars Ludacris, Nick Cannon and Rosanna Arquette. (Sales: Film Sales Co.)

Bart Got a Room

Quirky teen comedy that follows a young man’s quest to find a prom date, as the marriage of his parents (William H. Macy and Cheryl Hines) falls apart. Written and directed by first-time feature helmer Brian Hecker. (Sales: Cinetic)

From Within

D.p. Phedon Papamichael (“Walk the Line”) takes the helm with this psychological thriller about a string of apparent suicides in a small town; scripted by Brad Keene, with a young cast including Thomas Dekker, Elizabeth Rice, Rumer Willis. (Sales: Cinetic)

Gotta Dance

Helmed by Dori Berinstein (“ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway”), docu chronicles the first senior citizen hip-hop dance team, the New Jersey NETSationals. (Sales: WMi)

Kassim the Dream

Docu follows the journey of Kassim “The Dream” Ouma, who went from being a child soldier in Uganda to a world champion boxer. Directed by Kief Davidson (“The Devil’s Miner”). (Sales: attorney Andrew Hurwitz)

Lake City

Southern drama toplining Sissy Spacek and Troy Garity as a mother and son who try to reconcile their past; helmed by first-timers Hunter Hill and Perry Moore. Cast includes Dave Matthews, Drea de Matteo and Rebecca Romijn. (Sales: Film Sales Co.)


Road movie, helmed by Aaron Woodley (“Rhinoceros Eyes”), about two brothers who travel back to their hometown and encounter a spirited woman (Mariah Carey) along the way. Produced by Lee Daniels (“Monster’s Ball”). (Sales: CAA/Submarine)

Theater of War

Docu maverick John Walter (“How to Draw a Bunny”) dissects German playwright Bertolt Brecht, weaving in behind-the-scenes footage of the Public Theater’s recent staging of his antiwar play “Mother Courage” and the creative process of stars including Meryl Streep. (Sales: Required Viewing)

This Is Not a Robbery

Docu portrait of J.L. Hunter “Red” Rountree, who became one of the country’s most notorious and senior serial bank robbers at 86 years of age. (Sales: Cinetic)


Michelle Monaghan (“Gone Baby Gone”) stars in James Mottern’s debut, a drama about a female truck driver who must take over the care of her estranged 11-year-old son. Plum Pictures produced; cast also includes Benjamin Bratt and Joey Lauren Adams. (Sales: Cinetic)

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