Sundance Selects nabs ‘Dirty Wars’

Company gets North American rights to Richard Rowley's documentary

Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Richard Rowley’s documentary “Dirty Wars,” which premiered in the U.S. documentary competition section at Sundance.

Anthony Arnove, Brenda Coughlin and Jeremy Scahill produced the film, which Scahill co-wrote with David Riker. Film follows Scahill, an investigative reporter, on an unexpected journey as he chases down the truth behind America’s covert wars.

“Our entire team was blown away by ‘Dirty Wars,’ Richard Rowley’s tough-minded, gripping film that plays out like a detective story. Jeremy Scahill’s investigation into the war on terror being waged around the world is a vital, disturbing and incredibly humane story that will have people on both sides of the political spectrum talking. We look forward to working with Richard, Jeremy, David Riker, Brenda Coughlin, Anthony Arnove and the entire team behind the film in bringing this film to the largest public audience, as well as sparking a discussion on the topic,” said Jonathan Sehring, prexy of Sundance Selects/IFC Films.

“We made this film to uncover the hidden truth about wars being fought in our name that we as Americans know next to nothing about, and we can’t think of a better partner to do this with than Sundance Selects,” added Scahill.

“Dirty Wars” was made possible by generous support from Bertha / BRITDOC, The Bertha Foundation, Kindle Project Fund of the Common Counsel Foundation, Sundance Institute Documentary Fund, Vital Projects Fund, and Wallace Global Fund.

The “Dirty Wars” deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, Jeff Deutchman and Betsy Rodgers for Sundance Selects/IFC Films, while Josh Braun at Submarine negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers.

A sister label to IFC Films and IFC Midnight that is owned and operated by AMC Networks, Sundance Selects acquired North American rights to Nick Ryan’s Sundance documentary “The Summit” on Saturday.