Roadside nabs ‘Thunder Soul’

Company plans spring release of music docu

Roadside Attractions is turning up the volume for Mark Landsman’s music docu “Thunder Soul,” scooping up North American rights to the Snoot Entertainment-produced pic.

Roadside is planning a spring 2011 release.

“Thunder Soul” tells the story of how alumni from Houston’s storied Kashmere High School Stage Band gather together after 35 years to play a tribute concert for “Prof,” their 92-year-old bank leader who broke the color barrier by transforming the school’s mediocre jazz band into a funk powerhouse in the 1970s.

Documentary has picked up a number of kudos on the fest circuit, including an audience award at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival. More recently, it was nominated for the International Documentary Association’s Music Award.

Roadside co-prexies Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff announced the acquisition. Submarine Entertainment and CAA repped North American rights.

HanWay Films is handling foreign sales, and is shopping the pic at AFM.

Producers are Snoot’s Keith Calder and Jessica Wu and Landsman.

“We’re delighted to be working with Roadside Attractions on the release of ‘Thunder Soul,’ said Calder, prexy of Snoot Entertainment. “Not only do they have an incredible track record releasing documentaries but they also share our belief that ‘Thunder Soul’ provides a powerful theatrical experience for all audiences.”

Cohen negotiated the deal on behalf of Roadside; Calder, Submarine and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.

Snoot’s credits include “Battle for Terra,” also distributed by Roadside.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Marketplace

    Leave a Reply

    No Comments

    Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

    Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

    WordPress.com Logo

    You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

    Twitter picture

    You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

    Facebook photo

    You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

    Google+ photo

    You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

    Connecting to %s

    More Film News from Variety

    Loading