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A&E IndieFilms Makes Deal for Bar-Lev’s “Kid”

A&E IndieFilms Makes Deal for Bar-Lev's "Kid"

North American TV rights to Amir Bar-Lev‘s “My Kid Could Paint That” have been acquired by A&E IndieFilms. Described as a “unique hybrid deal,” the preemtive pact, announced days before the film’s debut at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, includes a rights acquisition and an equity investment, with A&E on board as a partner with the filmmakers, according to an announcement. They will jointly go into Sundance seeking a theatrical deal for the film, just as they pursued pacts for recent docs (“Jesus Camp” with Magnolia Pictures and “Murderball” with ThinkFilm.) The documentary explores the story of acclaimed 4-year old artist Marla Olmstead, seller of hundreds of thousands of dollars of paintings before, in the words of the announcement, “her father was accused of secretly having a hand in the work.” In a statement, EVP and General Manager of A&E Network Bob DeBitetto said, “We love the film and believe it has great potential to break out. It’s a perfect fit for A&E IndieFilms and our strategy to invest in feature documentaries at every stage and bring them to audiences in theaters, on video and, of course, on television.” Submarine and CAA brokered the deal on behalf of the filmmakers, while DeBitetto, Robert Sharenow, and Molly Thompson negotiated for A&E. In a statement, Bar-Lev (who produced and directed the doc) praised A&E IndieFilms’ recent docs and added, “This deal will allow me to pay back my parents, my friends, my parents’ friends, and my Aunt Nell–a turn of events that I’m sure none of them ever expected. I’m looking forward to holding my head high at future holidays and family events.” [Eugene Hernandez]

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