Drafthouse Films, the film distribution wing of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, and Cinedigm have partnered to jointly acquire North American rights to the documentary "The Dog," which world premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and subsequently screened at the New York Film Festival. "The Dog" chronicles the true accounts of John Wojtowicz, whose infamous attempted Brooklyn bank heist to finance his male lover's sex-change operation was used as the inspiration for the 1975 Academy-Award nominated drama "Dog Day Afternoon." A theatrical and VOD release is scheduled for summer 2014.
"Frank and Allison's comprehensive work is both a moving and hilarious one-of-a-kind portrait, serving as both a prequel and sequel to one of the greatest of all 70s American films," said Drafthouse Films Creative Director Evan Husney. "We are extremely excited for our favorite discovery from this year's Toronto International Film Festival to be our first acquisition with Cinedigm."
The deal was negotiated by Emily Rothschild on behalf of Cinedigm, James Emanuel Shapiro on behalf of Drafthouse Films and Josh Braun of Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers.
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