By Brian Brooks | Indiewire September 1, 2009 at 4:50AM
SXSW doc audience winner "Mine" by Geralyn Pezanoski has been picked up by North American film distributor Film Moviement, with a planned limited theatrical run before being made available on DVD and VOD. Film Movement's president Adley Gartenstein and vice president of acquisitions and distribution Rebeca Conget negotiated the deal with George Rush who represented the filmmakers.
"Mine" is a feature-length documentary about the bond between humans and animals, set against the backdrop of one of the worst natural disasters in modern U.S. history, Hurricane Katrina. The character-driven story follows New Orleans residents as they attempt the daunting task of trying to reunite with their pets who have been adopted by families all over the country, and chronicles the custody battles that arise when two families love the same pet. Along with SXSW, "Mine" screened at SilverDocs, Boston Independent and the San Diego film festivals.
"You don't have to be a pet lover to be moved by the heart-wrenching stories told in this beautiful documentary," commented Gartenstein in a statement. "This is a film that will touch everyone, and we can't wait to share it with audiences across the U.S. and Canada." Launched in 2003, Film Movement is a full-service North American distributor of independent and foreign films, based in New York City. Film Movement has released more than 150 feature films and shorts from 37 countries on six continents.