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ATO Pictures Acquires Marsh's "Shadow Dancer"

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire January 27, 2012 at 11:24PM

ATO Pictures has picked up North American rights to James Marsh's "Shadow Dancer," which is currently screening at the Sundance Film Festival.
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Shadow Dancer

ATO Pictures has picked up North American rights to James Marsh's "Shadow Dancer," which is currently screening at the Sundance Film Festival.

Starring Andrea Riseborough, Clive Owen and Gillian Anderson, the narrative film is Marsh's follow-up to acclaimed docs "Project Nim" and "Man on Wire."

Sarah Lash, ATO’s Head of Acquisitions negotiated the deal with CAA who brokered it on behalf of the producers.

Full press release below.

Park City, UTAH (January 27, 2012) – ATO PICTURES proudly announced today that it has acquired all North American rights to James Marsh’s SHADOW DANCER, the provocative thriller about one woman’s incredible fight to protect her son whilst being forced to betray those she loves.  Starring Andrea Riseborough (W.E., NEVER LET ME GO) and Clive Owen, the film is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (PROJECT NIM, MAN ON WIRE). SHADOW DANCER marks his third film to premiere at Sundance.

Gillian Anderson, Aidan Gillen and Domhnall Gleeson co star.

SHADOW DANCER is a gripping, emotional thriller about a woman forced to betray all she believes in for the sake of her son. It is 1993 and single mother Collette McVeigh is a Republican living in Belfast with her mother and hardliner IRA brothers. When she is arrested in London following an aborted IRA bomb plot, Mac, an MI5 officer, offers her a choice: lose everything and go to prison for 25 years or return to Belfast to spy on her own family. With her son’s life in her hands, Collette chooses to place her trust in Mac and return home, but when her brothers’ secret operation is ambushed, suspicions of an informer are raised within the IRA and Collette finds herself and her family in grave danger.

SHADOW DANCER was written by Tom Bradby and is based on his novel (by the same name) which he wrote 12 years ago after spending two years as an ITN political correspondent in Belfast.
Produced by Chris Coen of Unanimous Entertainment and executive produced by Joe Oppenheimer, Brahim Chioua, Norman Merry, Vincent Maraval, Tom Bradby and Rita Dagher, SHADOW DANCER had its world premiere in the Premieres section of Sundance. It will soon receive its international premiere in the Competition (Non-Competition) section of the 2012 Berlin Film Festival.

According to ATO’s co-founders Johnathan Dorfman and Temple Fennell: “SHADOW DANCER kept us on our toes from start to finish. Andrea and Clive give extraordinary performances in this taut, meticulously directed thriller that never lets up.  We could not be more pleased to work with James Marsh whose work we’ve admired for years.”

Echoes producer Chris Coen: "I am so thrilled to have ATO on board to distribute SHADOW DANCER. Their passion for the film is crystal clear and we look forward to a fruitful collaboration with the entire ATO team."

Sarah Lash, ATO’s Head of Acquisitions negotiated the deal with CAA who brokered it on behalf of the producers.

ATO PICTURES
ATO Pictures (Art Takes Over) is a motion picture finance, production and distribution company based in NYC and Charlottesville.   ATO releases its films theatrically through its partnership in the distribution entity, IDP (Independent Distribution Partners). Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment handles ATO’s distribution for home entertainment. Managed by Temple Fennell and Johnathan Dorfman, ATO was co-founded by musician Dave Matthews and music executive Coran Capshaw.  The company has access to a deep pool of marketing, publicity, strategic resources with over 125 employees in its affiliated music companies; ATO Records Group, Red Light Management, Starr Hill Presents and GreenLight Media & Marketing.   Titles on the company's 2012 slate include: THIN ICE (February 17) starring Greg Kinnear, Billy Crudup and Alan Arkin which premiered at Sundance, Academy Award winner Jessica Yu's LAST CALL AT THE OASIS which premiered at Toronto and was produced by Participant Media, THE WOMAN IN THE FIFTH (June 15th) starring Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas which premiered at Toronto and THE MONK, Dominik Moll’s gothic thriller starring Vincent Cassel.  ATO acquired THE ORANGES starring Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt and Alison Janney (also) out of TIFF which is slated for a September release.

This article is related to: Sundance Film Festival, Acquisitions