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Wellspring takes ‘#9’

Pic deals with schizophrenia, mental health care issues

As part of a push to beef up its worldwide sales arm, Wellspring has acquired international rights, excluding theatrical and TV in North America, to Tim McCann’s psychological thriller “Revolution #9.”

Screened at the Telluride, Toronto and Tribeca festivals, pic stars Michael Risley, Adrienne Shelly and Spalding Gray.

It touches on issues such as schizophrenia, technological paranoia, alienating corporate culture and the quality of mental health care in America through the story of one man’s navigation of a legal maze toward treatment.

“As we expand our international distribution arm, we’ll be looking for exactly this kind of timely, thought-provoking, culturally significant and commercially viable entertainment to offer to international broadcasters and theatrical and homevideo distributors with whom we work closely,” said Sheri Levine, exec VP of worldwide sales for Wellspring.

“Revolution #9” had a brief, self-distributed theatrical run in November in the U.S. and was sold by producers Shannon Goldman, McCann and Risley to the Sundance Channel for broadcast.

Wellspring will begin immediately to license the pic internationally and is planning a U.S. video/DVD release in the fall. The company previously handled McCann’s debut feature, “Desolation Angels.”

During the Cannes Film Festival, Wellspring announced the international acquisition, also excluding the U.S., of Damon Dash’s hip-hop industry satire “Death of a Dynasty,” for which the company is negotiating sales deals in several territories.

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