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January 27, 2011 5:14 AM
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Sundance | Dada Climbs "Mountain" for June 3 Roll Out

Bill Haney's "The Last Mountain." [Image courtesy of Sundance Film Festival]

U.S. theatrical rights to Bill Haney's Sundance 2011 doc, "The Last Mountain," has been acquired by Dada Films, the distributor's MJ Peckos said Thursday morning. The film had its world premiere in the U.S. Documentary Competition last Friday and Dada plans a June 3rd theatrical release in the "top 20 U.S. markets.

MJ Peckos is President of Dada Films and Bill Haney is the director, co-writer and one of the producers of "The Last Mountain."

"The Last Mountain" is described as an "epic battle taking place in the heartland of America, as a small community fights to protect their way of life against one of America’s biggest coal companies."

“This amazingly uplifting David and Goliath film combines superb storytelling and extraordinary cinematography,” commented Peckos in a statement. "The fight for Appalachia’s last great mountain has consequences which affect every American; the heroism and effectiveness of the ordinary Americans who are taking on the coal companies will inspire everyone who sees it."

Added Bill Haney, "I was impressed with the business model that Peckos and her partner Steven Raphael presented which seems right on target for the way environmental docs are being released today. There was a lot of distributor interest but I felt that their passion for the film and experience with releasing documentaries was the right fit. The fact that they are committing to a seven figure distribution budget is a great marker for the passion they have for the film."

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