By Brian Brooks | Indiewire December 16, 2011 at 2:58PM
Zeitgeist Films has acquired 2012 Sundance world documentary competition title "Payback" by Jennifer Baichwal. The New York-based distributor is planning a late April 2012 release. The film will play New York's Film Forum beginning April 25.
Based on Margaret Atwood’s best-selling book, "Payback" "explores how debt is a central organizing principle in our lives – influencing relationships, societies, governing structures and the very fate of this planet," according to a Sundance Film Festival description of the film, which will have its world premiere at the event in January.
Baichwal has previously attended Sundance with her films "The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams' Appalachia" and "Manufactured Landscapes."
In 2011 Zeitgeist released Margarethe Von Trotta's "Vision," Lynn Hershman Leeson's "Women Art Revolution," Jonathan Lee's "Paul Goodman Changed My Life" and Richard Press and Philip Gefter's "Bill Cunningham New York." Zeitgeist’s 2012 releases will include Gianni de Gregorio's "The Salt of Life" and Andrei Zvyagintsev's "Elena."