Wide House sells docu about Black Power
LA ROCHELLE, France — Paris-based Wide House has inked a bevy of deals on “The Black Power Mixtape,” Goran Olsson’s documentary depicting the rise and fall of the Black Power movement during the 60s and 70s.Co-produced by Danny Glover, the film, which bowed at Sundance, boasts rare footage shot by Swedish journalists, and features key figures of the movement, notably Angela Davis, Huey P. Newton and Stokely Carmichael. “Mixtape” was nabbed for France (Kanibal Distribution), Spain (Aquelarre), Switzerland (Prae sens), and the Czech Republic and Slovakia (Film Europe). Previous sales include Germany and Austria (Mouna) and U.K. (Soda Pictures). The U.S. deal to Sundance Selects was secured by Cinetic Media. Sales were unveiled at Sunny Side of the Doc, the international docu mart that kicked off Tuesday in France’s La Rochelle. Wide House also announced a first-look pact with Injam Prod., a leading producer of TV mags and docus in France. As part of the deal, Wide House picked up more than 20 programs, including nature-themed docu series “Around North America”; lifestyle shows “Luxe Factory,” a nine-part mag on the inner workings of French designer houses, “Madame Figaro Confidentiel,” the behinds-the-scenes look at a popular French magazine; “Guy Martin, An Artist in the Kitchen” about the famed French chef; as well as well as “Monte Carlo, The Birth of a Myth,” which was recently snapped up by Italy’s RAI Uno. Wide House has also acquired Philippe Gozlin-Judith’s “The Other Josephine” (“L’autre Josephine”), a docudrama centering on American performer Josephine Baker’s political commitment. Docu is produced by Golda Prods and Groupe AB. At Sunny Side of the Doc, Wide House will introduce buyers to Helene Lee’s docu feature “The First Rasta,” which was just picked up by Germany’s Neue Visionen for theatrical and DVD distribution, and will continue sales on Anthony Baxter’s Scottish mokumentary “You’ve Been Trumped.” “The First Rasta,” a docudrama turning on Jamaican preacher Leonard Howell, is based on Lee’s book, “The First Rasta: Leonard Howell and the Rise of Rastafarianism.” Winner of the top environmental award at Sheffield docu film fest, “You’ve Been Trumped” examines Donald Trump’s efforts to build a luxury golf resort in a beauty spot in Scotland.