By Dana Harris | Indiewire September 9, 2011 at 1:14AM
SnagFilms has acquired domestic VOD and digital rights to the 2011 SXSW award-winning skatepunk documentary "Dragonslayer" and all worldwide rights, including theatrical, to the surfing documentary "Splinters."
Directed by Tristan Patterson and executive produced by Christine Vachon, "Dragonslayer" won best documentary feature and best cinematography at the 2011 South By Southwest Film Festival and best international feature at Hot Docs 2011. It's the story of Fullerton, Calif. skateboarder Josh “Skreech” Sandoval, who the Hot Docs jury described as a “non-hero, in a capitalistic, nihilistic society in decline.” The soundtrack includes tracks from Best Coast, Bipolar Bear, Children, Dungen and Eddy Current and the Suppression Ring.
"Splinters" is the directorial debut of Adam Pesce and tracks the evolution of indigenous surfing in Papua New Guinea -- a sport that offers one of the few viable options for natives to leave the island. It premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival and won the audience award and best sports doc at the Newport Intl. Film Festival.
Drag City Films will bring “Dragonslayer” to New York theaters on November 4, with a national release to follow in 2012. SnagFilms (which is the parent company of indieWIRE) will launch "Dragonslayer" on VOD via Comcast Xfinity, FiOS and other multi-channel partners, and via electronic-sell-through partners, including iTunes and Amazon.
"These important deals for two new award-winning titles underscore SnagFilms' commitment to talented filmmakers, great storytelling and broad audience appeal," said SnagFilms' CEO Rick Allen. "They also mark a new step in our growth – adding new platforms to our traditional digital focus, and taking broader roles at the beginning of a film's distribution life cycle. We believe that strong films deserve release on multiple platforms, to increase a filmmaker's return and maximize their audience, and we're delighted to be bringing 'Dragonslayer' and 'Splinters' to film fans in so many new and traditional ways."
SnagFilms will handle domestic theatrical distribution on "Splinters;" Allen said the company "will announce details closer to the premiere. [And] we're working with the filmmakers and Preferred Content on maximizing international rights; we're likely to handle some platforms and some territories ourselves and others with local experts."
Ultimately, both "Dragonslayer" and "Splinters" will be available, on demand and for free, on SnagFilms.com, on the SnagFilms app for iPad, connected TV platforms Roku and Boxee, and on SnagFilms' network of affiliate sites and web pages.
The "Dragonslayer" deal was negotiated by Andrew Mer, VP, Content Partnerships for SnagFilms and David Koh and Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment. The film was produced by John Baker.
"Splinters" was represented in the deal by Kevin Iwashina and Christine D’Souza of Preferred Content.