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iW NEWS | Zeitgeist Takes "Trouble the Water" for Summer Release

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire June 10, 2008 at 7:39AM

Zeitgeist has picked up Sundance doc prize winner "Trouble the Water" by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal for a late summer release, the company unveiled Tuesday. Nancy Gerstman, co-president of Zeitgeist Films negotiated the deal with Sarah Lash of Cinetic Media who represented the filmmakers. The doc centers on aspiring rap artist Kimberly Roberts and her husband Scott Roberts who captured their personal trauma with Hurricane Katrina the day before and the day of the deadly storm on a camcorder they purchased days earlier. The film captures the hope for survival under extreme conditions and touches on issues of race and class and the stratification of American society. "We are absolutely thrilled to have acquired this brilliant documentary which has a dramatic trajectory most narrative features would envy," commented Gertsman in a statement. "We are still mixing documentaries with features every year, but have found that the documentaries we've released this past year and a half...have performed spectacularly well for us." Zeitgeist will roll out the film theatrically August 22 in New York and Los Angeles. [Brian Brooks]
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Zeitgeist has picked up Sundance doc prize winner "Trouble the Water" by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal for a late summer release, the company unveiled Tuesday. Nancy Gerstman, co-president of Zeitgeist Films negotiated the deal with Sarah Lash of Cinetic Media who represented the filmmakers. The doc centers on aspiring rap artist Kimberly Roberts and her husband Scott Roberts who captured their personal trauma with Hurricane Katrina the day before and the day of the deadly storm on a camcorder they purchased days earlier. The film captures the hope for survival under extreme conditions and touches on issues of race and class and the stratification of American society. "We are absolutely thrilled to have acquired this brilliant documentary which has a dramatic trajectory most narrative features would envy," commented Gertsman in a statement. "We are still mixing documentaries with features every year, but have found that the documentaries we've released this past year and a half...have performed spectacularly well for us." Zeitgeist will roll out the film theatrically August 22 in New York and Los Angeles. [Brian Brooks]

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