Circulating among insiders involved with Sundance ’08 grand jury prize winner, “Trouble The Water,” is an anectdote that the film remains without distribution amidst buyers essentially telling the filmmakers that the doc may be “too black.” “Why aren’t more white people in the film?,” an exec apparently asked back in Park City. I’ve heard similar versions of this story from a few different people connected to the movie.
But, those involved with the film have hesitated to say much more about the film’s distribution prospects. After Sunday’s New Directors/New Films screening, filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal told me that they are hoping for a late summer release of their film, while another insider specified that an August opening is to be expected. Cinetic is selling the doc.
While Variety dismissed the film as “a minor doc” back in Park City, Manohla Dargis praised it as “one of the best American documentaries in recent memory” in the New York Times last week. Here’s hoping the “too black” or “not white enough” labels are exaggerated and the timely, often heartbreaking and infuriating new film gets a quality release.