By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire May 23, 2011 at 7:34AM
Screen Media has acquired North American rights to Sue Bourne's look behind the scenes of Irish dance, "Jig." The documentary tells the story of nine dancers, following them as they prepare to compete in the Irish Dancing World Championships.
The company plans to release the film theatrically in select cities on June 17th.
Below is the full release:
SCREEN MEDIA ACQUIRES “JIG” An unprecedented look behind the scenes of Irish Dance
Screen Media will release the film in select cities on June 17, 2011
NEW YORK, NY —MAY 23, 2011 — Robert Baruc, President of Screen Media Films, announced today that Screen Media has acquired North American rights for Sue Bourne’s “Jig.” Given access for the very first time to the little known world of competitive Irish Dancing, “Jig” is the remarkable stories of nine dancers, following them as they prepare to compete in the Irish Dancing World Championships.
In the fifteen years since “Riverdance,” followed by “Lord of the Dance” introduced millions of North American fans to Irish Dance, there has never been a film that takes the viewer behind the scenes to see the dedication, passion and sacrifice that dancers and their families make to pursue their dream of the dance. “Jig” is an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at this world of hard work, obsession and astonishing talents, pushed to their limits in the quest for perfection.
Six thousand dancers, their families and teachers descend upon Glasgow for one drama filled week of dancing at the Irish Dancing World Championships. Clad in wigs; make up, fake tans, diamantes and dresses costing thousands of dollars, they compete for the coveted world titles. Filmmaker Sue Bourne went behind the normally closed doors of Irish Dancing and found a remarkable world filled with wonderful characters of all ages from around the globe, choosing to follow dancers from Ireland, Holland, Great Britain, America and Russia over a year of incredibly hard work to prepare for just a few tense minutes on stage.
Screen Media will release the film theatrically in select cities on June 17, 2011.
Upon acquisition of the title, Baruc stated “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to be involved with this most charming, endearing and inspirational documentary shedding light on the passion, dedication and commitment of the dancers and the families in the Irish Dance community.”
The deal was negotiated by Stephen Kelliher of Bankside Films, UK on behalf of the filmmakers with Robert Baruc and Suzanne Blech of Screen Media.
Screen Media Films acquires the rights to high quality, independent feature films for the US and Canada. Screen Media's theatrical releases include John Gray’s “White Irish Drinkers” starring Stephen Lang, Karen Allen and Peter Reigert; James Ivory’s “The City of Your Final Destination,” starring Anthony Hopkins and Laura Linney; the documentary, “Bustin' Down the Door” narrated by Edward Norton; “Lymelife” and “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee.” Since 2001, Screen Media has released more than 150 titles including “Noel,” starring Penelope Cruz and Susan Sarandon; “Sherrybaby,” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal; Kevin Bacon's directorial debut, “Loverboy,” starring Kyra Sedgwick and Matt Dillon; and Emmy nominated “Dog Whisperer” with Cesar Millan. Screen Media Films is a wholly owned division of Screen Media Ventures, LLC. With a library of over 1000 motion pictures, Screen Media Ventures is one of the largest independent suppliers of high quality motion pictures to U.S. and international broadcast markets, cable networks, home video outlets and new media venues. For more information, visit www.screenmediafilms.net.