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IFC Takes Rights to Sundance Debut, "Uncle Kent"

A scene from Joe Swanberg's "Uncle Kent." [Photo by Joe Swanberg, courtesy of IFC Films]

About a half hour after Sundance announced its inclusion in its 2011 lineup, IFC Films said it has picked up worldwide rights to Joe Swanberg's "Uncle Kent." The film, which stars Kent Osborne, Jennifer Prediger, Josephine Decker, and Swanberg himself, will premiere as part of the Spotlight section at the event taking place in January.

Lizzie Nastro, Director of Acquisitions & Co-Productions for IFC negotiated the deal with Swanberg.

"Uncle Kent" follows a kid's show cartoonist in Los Angeles as he spends a weekend trying to sleep with his visiting house guest - a woman from New York who he met on Chatroulette. IFC Films has released a string of Swanberg's films including "Hannah Takes the Stairs," "Alexander the Last" and "Nights and Weekends."

"I am thrilled to continue my relationship with IFC Films," Swanberg said in a statement. "They are committed to bringing the most exciting American and international work to the widest audience possible. I'm very happy to be in the company of so many great filmmakers and people."

"Joe Swanberg has long been one of our very favorite filmmakers, and we are thrilled that 'Uncle Kent' will be his Sundance debut," added IFC Films president Jonathan Sehring.

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