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The Deals of Sundance Film Festival 2012: Who Got What

The Deals of Sundance Film Festival 2012: Who Got What

Here’s a list of the more than two dozen films acquired during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and who did the buying. All buyers listed in alphabetical order; check out the links for reviews from Indiewire and across our blog network. (Want more analysis? We’ve got it here.)

ATO (Shadow Dancer)

CBS Films (The Words)

Entertainment One (Wish You Were Here)

Focus Features (For a Good Time Call…)

Fox Searchlight (The Surrogate, Beasts of the Southern Wild)

IFC Films (Simon Killer, Liberal Arts)

IFC Midnight (The Pact)

Indomina (Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap)

LD Distribution (Black Rock)

Lionsgate Films/Roadside Attractions (Arbitrage)

Magnolia Pictures (The Queen of Versailles, 2 Days in New York, Compliance, Nobody Walks)

Magnolia/Magnet (V/H/S)

Millennium (Red Lights)

Participant* (Middle of Nowhere)

Rough House Pictures* (The Comedy)

Sony Pictures Classics (Searching for Sugar Man, Celeste and Jesse Forever)

Sony Pictures Worldwide (Robot and Frank)

Sundance Selects (How to Survive a Plague)

* These are presentation arrangements, but usually presage a theatrical distribution.


HBO (Me @theZoo, Indie Game: The Movie [remake rights])

National Geographic Channel (Chasing Ice)


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The last day of Sundance's deal making is upon us, and I still am not seeing 'Hello I Must Be Going' on the list of films acquired by independent and major film studio executives. I have made exhaustive attempts to get news on whether this opportunity for Lynskey to break into Hollywood leading lady territory is going to be realised or not, but not knowing one way or the other is worse than being given information that is utterly disheartening to the fans of this actress (me being one of them). I need to know whether it is good news or bad news that I have to post in my Melanie Lynskey blog. Can you please give me this information?


For the fifth day running, I still have yet to see news on one of the movie executives acquiring 'Hello I Must Be Going' for distribution. Can someone tell me whether or not this is going to happen?


I still don't yet see 'Hello I Must Be Going' listed as having acquired a distribution deal. Why is it taking so long for some indie or major movie studio executive to purchase the distributory rights to it? This is Melanie Lynskey's big chance to break into leading lady territory. As a dedicatedf fan of hers, I don't want to see it come to nothing.

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