SnagFilms has acquired domestic distribution rights to Eugene Jarecki’s documentary about the war on drugs “The House I Live In” and Jay Bulger’s Ginger Baker documentary “Beware of Mr. Baker.” Jarecki’s film won the grand jury prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and Bulger’s took the grand jury prize at SXSW in March.
Abramorama is handling the theatrical release of both films, with “House I Live In” scheduled for an October opening.
In addition, SnagFilms has acquired six other documentaries: Barbara Kopple’s Oscar-winning films “Harlan County U.S.A.” (1976) and “American Dream” (1990); William Gazecki’s “Waco: The Rules of Engagement” (1997); Aviva Kempner’s “The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg” (1998) and “Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg” (2009); and Joshua Tickell’s “Fuel” (2008), which won the audience award at Sundance. SnagFilms’ digital rights are exclusive for certain pay, subscription VOD and ad-supported platforms.
“We extended our business into newer films and broader rights earlier this year, capping with the release of four high-profile films in the next sixty days,” said SnagFilms CEO Rick Allen. “We are therefore perfectly positioned to take on these two outstanding documentaries, where our distribution will be focused on early next year. Today’s entire slate, particularly taken in the context of our many high-profile announcements earlier this year, means two things: SnagFilms is increasingly responsible for bringing great documentaries and narrative indies to broader audiences, as well as making those films available on the broadest array of platforms and devices.”
“The House I Live In” is a comprehensive look at all of the people involved with or affected by America’s war on drugs — dealers, narcotics officers, inmates, judges — and the human rights implications of U.S. drug policy. “Beware of Mr. Baker” uses interviews with former bandmates (Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood), other musicians (Carlos Santana, Max Weinberg) and the subject himself to paint a picture of combative Cream and Blind Faith drummer Ginger Baker.
With this new crop of acquisitions, SnagFilms continues its focus on award-winning films as it builds its now-3,300-strong library. Forthcoming digital premieres include “Faces in the Mirror” and “We Made This Movie.”
SnagFilms is the parent company of Indiewire.