Docurama Gets Home Video Rights To Five Past Sundance Documentaries
by Wendy Mitchell
DVD label Docurama has announced a slew of new acquisitions to be released on DVD and VHS in 2004 and early 2005. The films they acquired are "Blue Vinyl," "My Flesh and Blood," "Sister Helen," "The Weather Underground," and "When the Mountains Tremble." All films previously played at the Sundance Film Festival and were honored with awards there.
Judith Helfand and Daniel B. Gold's "Blue Vinyl," which won a Sundance cinematography award in 2002, is a personal look at the dangers of PVC. Jonathan Karsh's "My Flesh and Blood," which won Sundance 2003's audience and directors awards, looks at the life of Susan Tom, a single mother who cares for special needs foster children in California. Rebecca Cammisa and Rob Fruchtman and Rebecca Cammisa's "Sister Helen," the director's award winner at Sundance 2002, is about a recovering alcoholic Benedictine nun who runs a halfway house in the Bronx. Sam Green and Bill Siegel's "The Weather Underground," which is among the Academy Award nominees for Best Documentary Feature, is about the rise and fall of '70s radical group The Weathermen. Pamela Yates and Newton Thomas Sigel's "When the Mountains Tremble," a Sundance special jury prize winner from 1984 that was updated in the early '90s, is about war and social revolution in Guatemala.
"With these latest acquisitions that we're announcing, we're adding some great films to our already award-winning catalog of Sundance doc favorites such as 'Brother's Keeper,' 'Southern Comfort,' and 'Children Underground,' as we continue to build Docurama as a vital and progressive DVD distributor of documentary films," said New Video's Steve Savage in a prepared statement.