Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Chiemi Karasawa’s “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” a week after the documentary made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.
The film was produced by Karasawa and Elizabeth Hemmerdinger and exec produced by Alec Baldwin and Cheryl Wiesenfeld.
Sundance Selects has not set a release date.
Scott Foundas gave the movie an upbeat review for Variety: “Painting a surprisingly tender, insulin-injections-and-all portrait of a star known for her brassy demeanor and Teflon exterior, this feature directing debut for vet docu producer Chiemi Karasawa (‘The Betrayal,’ ‘Tell Them Anything You Want’) should earn wide fest and ancillary exposure, plus limited theatrical, where it will prove catnip to the cabaret crowd and those entranced by the artistry of great performers.”
The film includes interviews with Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane, Cherry Jones, Tina Fey, James Gandolfini and John Turturro.
The deal was negotiated by Jeff Deutchman for Sundance Selects and Josh Braun at Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers.