Participant Media has acquired North American rights to the documentary “99%–The Occupy Wall St. Collaborative Film,” which had its world premiere in competition at the Sundance Film Festival last week. The company plans a theatrical release followed by a broadcast premiere on the new TV network Participant is launching in August.
Directed by Audrey Ewell, Aaron Aites, Lucian Read and Nina Krstic, the film looks at the Occupy movement begun in 2011 and its goal of bringing attention to income inequality across the country by taking over public parks in urban centers. Katie Teague, Peter Leeman, Aric Gutnick, Abby Martin and Doree Simon co-directed the film, which was produced by Ewell, Aites and Williams Cole.
“‘99%’ provides a fascinating and involving account of the genesis of one of the most dynamic social movements in recent years, leaving the viewer inspired and full of hope,” said Participant CEO Jim Berk. “With our new TV channel we can insure that this film will shine a light on important issues for a national audience.”
Ben Weiss of Paradigm repped the sale for the filmmakers.
Participant has backed and/or released the films “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Good Night, and Good Luck,” “The Cove,” “PAGE ONE: Inside The New York Times,” “The Help,” “Middle of Nowhere” and “Promised Land.”