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Sundance: Sony Classics Buys Documentary ‘Eagle Huntress’

Sony Classics has acquired rights to the documentary “The Eagle Huntress” for North America, Latin America, Germany, Australia/New Zealand, Scandinavia and Asia.

The Eagle Huntress” is directed by Otto Bell and executive produced by Morgan Spurlock and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” actress Daisy Ridley. The film centers on Aisholpan, a 13-year old Mongolian girl striving to become the first female Eagle Hunter in the sport’s 2,000-year history.

The film follows Aisholpan as she learns all aspects of the ancient tradition, including taming her own eaglet and training for the annual Golden Eagle Festival, which involves competing against 70 male Eagle Hunters. The movie is set in the remote Altai Mountains of Northwestern Mongolia.

“The Eagle Huntress” held its world premiere last week at the Sundance Film Festival in the Sundance Kids section. Aisholpan, together with her father and mother, journeyed from Mongolia to Park City, Utah to present the film and participate in discussions.

Producers are Stacey Reiss and Sharon Chang. Ridley, Spurlock, Jeremy Chilnick, Marc H. Simon, Dan Cogan, Regina K. Scully, Barbara Dobkin and Susan Maclaury are executive producers, in association with Artemis Rising Foundation, Impact Partners, Shine Global and Warrior Poets.

The film’s theme song is written and sung by Sia.

The deal was brokered by CAA with legal services provided by Marc H. Simon of Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP on behalf of the filmmakers.

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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