SnagFilms has acquired exclusive worldwide digital rights to Andrew Jarecki’s Oscar-nominated “Capturing the Friedmans,” which won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize in 2003.
In addition, Snag Films acquired exclusive digital rights to another Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner, “Southern Comfort,” and five more docs: “Windfall,” “PUSH: Madison versus Madison,” “Never Make it Home,” “City Lax: An Urban Lacrosse Story” and “Soccer City.”
Jarecki’s feature debut explores the possibility of sexual abuse in a Long Island family, utilizing footage of the family in crisis. Last year, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit called upon the Nassau County District Attorney’s office to reconsider the Friedman case, due in part to questions raised in the film. The film’s digital release will include new interviews with key participants, shot under Jarecki’s guidance.
Following its initial pay on demand run, the film will have a subscription-based VOD run in 2012 as well as periodic “sneak peek” runs on SnagFilms’ free platforms, including SnagFilms.com.
All titles will be available via SnagFilms’ transactional partners, including Comcast Xfinity, FiOS, DIRECTV, iTunes, Amazon and VUDU.
Here’s details on the other titles:
– A grand prize winner at the 2010 DOC NYC, “Windfall” takes a look at the dark side of wind power at a small town in upstate New York. It’s the debut feature of Laura Israel.
– Kate Davis’ “Southern Comfort” documents the final year in the life of female-to-male transsexual Robert Eads, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and turned down for treatment by two dozen doctors out of fear that such treatment would hurt their reputations. The film won the 2001 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and has since been made into a musical.
– Rudy Hypolite’s “PUSH: Madison versus Madison” is the story of a dysfunctional but talented inner-city high school basketball team coached by Dennis Wilson, who may be the solution or becoming part of the problem.
– “Never Make it Home,” directed by G.J. Echternkamp, is the story of the final tour of hell-raising guitarist Kirk Rundstrom, whose doctors have told him he has him two months to live.
– “City Lax: An Urban Lacrosse Story, which also has been acquired by ESPN for telecast, is the story of at-risk inner-city 12-year-olds who find themselves through lacrosse. Gabriela Cowperthwaite directed.
– “Soccer City,” also acquired by ESPN, utilizes the first-ever FIFA World Cup in Africa as a backdrop to a story about the importance of soccer in one of South Africa’s toughest townships. Nick Fitzhugh directed.
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