Tribeca takes U.S. on ‘Drugs’ docu

Matthew Cooke film set for 2013 release

Tribeca Film has acquired U.S. rights to Matthew Cooke’s documentary “How to Make Money Selling Drugs,” which world preemed Friday night at the Toronto Film Festival.

Tribeca is planning a 2013 theatrical release day and date with VOD.

The docu, directed by Cooke, centers on the world of drug dealing and drug enforcement. Film reunites producers Bert Marcus of Bert Marcus Prods. and Adrian Grenier, the team that created “Teenage Paparazzo.”

Interviewees include Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, David Simon, Arianna Huffington, Woody Harrelson, Eminem and Susan Sarandon as well as drug kingpin “Freeway” Rick Ross.

Geoff Gilmore, chief creative officer of Tribeca Enterprises, said, “From politics to the police and drug dealers to drug users, the scope of Matthew Cooke’s examination of these illicit networks is extraordinary.”

It’s the second TIFF deal for Tribeca Film, which also acquired “Fitzgerald Family Christmas” at the start of the festival.

Deal for “Drugs” was negotiated for Tribeca Film by Nick Savva and by ICM Partners and Lawrence Kopeikin on behalf of the filmmakers.

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