Strand handles doc ‘Flesh’

Pic focuses on Todd, adoptive mom of 11 special-needs kids

NEW YORK — Strand Releasing has acquired U.S. rights to Jonathan Karsh’s “My Flesh and Blood,” which won the audience prize for documentary and the directing award in the docu competition at Sundance earlier this year.

Produced by Jennifer Chaiken for HBO/Cinemax, the film is an unsentimental portrait of Susan Todd, an adoptive mother of 11 special-needs children, including one bipolar 11-year-old boy who died during shooting.

“This is an amazing, complex story that’s heartwarming but also disturbing and upsetting,” Strand co-president Marcus Hu said. “We really hope this has a chance at being one of the five contenders for best documentary at this year’s Oscars.”

Hu closed the acquisition deal with San Francisco Bay area-based producer Chaiken. Distrib is planning a late-November release.

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