Phase 4 Films announced today from Cannes that the company has acquired all North American rights to Academy-Award nominated filmmaker Lucy Walker's documentary "The Crash Reel." HBO, who helped to finance the film, will retain U.S. television broadcast rights. Phase 4 is planning an early Winter 2013 theatrical release for the film, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year.
Weaving 15 years of verite footage with a soundtrack that includes music from Chemical Brothers, Underworld and Moby, "The Crash Wheel" tracks the surprising journey of Shaun White and Kevin Pierce, childhood friends who became legends in the world of competitive snowboarding.
"'The Crash Reel' is an extraordinary film for audiences of all ages, and it is the type of film that surely requires more than one viewing," said Meyerowitz.
Walker was nominated for an Oscar for for her feature documentary "Waste Land" and for her documentary short "The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom."