Three films showing at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival (Jan. 21-31) will be made available on-demand via Rainbow Media’s Sundance Selects label.
Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross’ doc “The Shock Doctrine,” Josh and Benny Safdie’s dramedy “Daddy Longlegs” and Daniel Grou’s revenge thriller “7 Days” will get national exposure on cable and satellite VOD the same day these films premiere at the Park City, Utah-based fest.
Moving the storytelling of the Sundance Film Festival beyond ten days in Utah remains a top priority for us,” said Sundance Institute founder Robert Redford. “This collaboration with Sundance Selects is a new and important complement to this ongoing goal and is a perfect way to introduce unexpected and refreshing voices to wider audiences simultaneous with the event.”
In Park City, “Shock,” based on Naomi Klein’s bestseller, shows in the Premieres section on Jan. 28; “Daddy” is a Spotlight screening on Jan. 22, and “7 Days” is a Midnight selection, also premiering on Jan. 22.
The VOD initiative runs in tandem with the recently announced Sundance Film Festival USA program, which will take eight filmmakers and their films from Sundance to eight different cities for an unspooling and a Q&A on Jan. 28. “Daddy Longlegs” will show at BAM in Brooklyn as part of the series.
Through Sundance Selects, pics will be available for a month to some 40 million homes through cable systems including (Rainbow Media parent) Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, Time Warner, and via satellite provider Direct TV.
Arianna Bocco, VP at Rainbow-owned IFC Films, negotiated the acquisitions for Sundance Selects. The label bought North American rights to “Daddy Longlegs,” which will also get a theatrical release after the Sundance VOD run. “Shock” and “7 Days” were U.S. pickups.
Focused on docs and world cinema, Sundance Selects launched last summer with Spike Lee’s “Passing Strange: The Movie.” Upcoming releases include titles from last year’s Sundance fest — Chris Wiatt’s doc “A Complete History of My Sexual Failures” and Dominic Murphy’s “White Lightnin'” — as well as Don Argott’s Toronto fest bow “The Art of the Steal.” Certain titles also receive theatrical distribution.