Three more Sundance titles from women directors have found distribution.
Chloe Zhao’s well-received Native American drama Songs My Brothers Taught Me has found a home in Fortissimo Films. Zhao’s directorial debut, a participant in the festival’s US Dramatic Competition this year, is “a compelling and complex portrait of modern day life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation that explores the bond between a brother (John Reddy) and his younger sister (Jashaun St. John), who find themselves on separate paths to rediscovering the meaning of home,” according to a press release. (Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Zhao about Songs.)
Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s crowd-pleasing drama Ten Thousand Saints was also acquired out of Sundance. Screen Media will release the 1980s-set drama in late summer this year via theaters and VOD. Based on Eleanor Henderson’s novel, the punk-centered love story focuses on the differences between “two worlds: a small city in Vermont and New York’s Lower East Side, where a teenaged boy forms a de-facto family with an uptown girl and a straight-edge, downtown punk,” according to Springer Berman. (Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Springer Berman about Saints.)
Netflix purchased the Rashida Jones-produced documentary Hot Girls Wanted, a look at the exploitative practices of the amateur porn industry. Directed by Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus and made in collaboration with the Kinsey Institute for Sex Research, the exposé will become available through the streaming site later this year.