By Peter Knegt | Indiewire April 5, 2010 at 9:31AM
Sundance Selects today announced the acquisition of worldwide rights to AJ Schnack's "Convention," an ensemble documentary shot during the historic 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. Working with acclaimed filmmakers Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, Laura Poitras, Paul Taylor and Daniel Junge, Schnack gives a behind-the-scenes look at Denver's efforts in hosting the historic event. The film premiered at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival and at AFI Silverdocs, where its world premiere was the festival's Gala Centerpiece Screening.
"This is an extremely well made and entertaining documentary of a historic event that will delight anyone with even a remote interest in national politics," Jonathan Sehring said on behalf of Sundance Selects. "We are thrilled to be working with AJ and the all-star team of directors he has assembled. We think this is a great film for all our platforms."
Filmed during the historic 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, "Convention" focuses on the efforts of local Denver citizens as they host, report on and protest the massive event. A team of cinematographers, producers, and directors, led by Schnack, assembled together in an effort to cover the behind the scenes perspectives of this landmark moment in our country's history. It was filmed by Steven Bognar, Daniel Junge, Laura Poitras, Julia Reichert, Wayne Robbins, AJ Schnack, Paul Taylor, Nathan Truesdell and David Wilson.
The film is the third nonfiction feature by filmmaker AJ Schnack. His previous films are the Independent Spirit Award nominated "Kurt Cobain: About a Son" (2006) and "Gigantic" (A Tale of Two Johns) (2002). Schnack is also the author and editor of the popular nonfiction film blog All These Wonderful Things.
"Having the opportunity to work closely with some of my favorite filmmakers during the historic convention week was tremendously inspiring," Schnack said in a statement. "I'm very excited about our new partnership with Sundance Selects and am glad that viewers of all political stripes will soon have a chance to see the film."
Lizzie Nastro negotiated the deal on behalf of Sundance Selects with Andrew Herwitz from The Film Sales Company. The film will be release nationwide on-demand beginning May 12th, and will also play in select cities including New York (June 4th) and Denver (June 11th) with additional play dates to be announced.