The Toronto Film Fest doc audience award-winner The Island President has been acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films for stateside release in February 2012. The film will be screened at DOC NYC on Tuesday November 8, followed by a Q and A with director Jon Shenk by Michael Moore. Goldwyn has acquired all ancillary U.S. rights including theatrical and home video. The movie follows President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives as he struggles to save his Indian Ocean island archipelago from climate change that threatens to literally drown his country.
Goldwyn harbors awards hopes for the film directed by cinematographer Shenk (Lost Boys of the Sudan), produced by Richard Berge and Bonni Cohen (The Rape of Europa) and executive produced by Jon Else. Says acquisitions chief Peter Goldwyn: “After incredibly successful screenings in Telluride and Toronto, we are optimistic that THE ISLAND PRESIDENT is an Awards caliber, timely film for which audiences everywhere are going to applaud and cheer.”
More details and TOH’s video interview with Nasheed are here.
THE ISLAND PRESIDENT is a co-production of AfterImage Public Media and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), in association with Actual Films and Impact Partners, with major funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Ford Foundation, John D. and The Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, and the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund.