Sony BMG Music’s fledgling film unit has acquired “The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang,” a prize winner at the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival and the Aspen Comedy Film Festival.
Pic won the audience award for narrative feature at Slamdance and awards for director (Tim Skousen) and actor (Justin Long) at Aspen.
Pic was produced by Jeremy Coon and Trigger Street Prods./Trigger Street Independent’s Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti, Mark Kassen and Adam Kassen and Crazy Dreams’ Randy Holleschau.
Film falls outside Sony BMG’s dictum to “develop, finance and produce music-related theatrical films,” but Jim Wilson, exec VP and G.M. of Home Entertainment for Sony BMG, said the team behind “‘Sasquatch” “makes it a perfect film for our audience and a natural to succeed in the home entertainment market.”
Coon exec produced and produced “Napoleon Dynamite.”
“The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang” concerns a sci-fi aficionado named Gavin and his friends who think they’ve found Bigfoot after stumbling onto some huge footprints in the woods. Two of Gavin’s dim-witted neighbors hatch a scheme to profit from the situation.
Sony BMG acquired the film, per an insider, because of the “great soundtrack opportunities.”
Sony BMG Film, established in August, starts production this spring on “Reggaeton,” to be directed by Alejandro Chomski and produced with Nuyorican Films.