Two high-profile docs that made their world premieres at Sundance 2016 have found new distribution deals.
Netflix acquired all rights to Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk’s “Audrie & Daisy,” about two unrelated teenage girls who both attempt suicide after they are sexually assaulted by a friend, then bullied online and at school thereafter. The film will be released later this year.
In an interview with Women and Hollywood, co-director Cohen explained why she was drawn to exploring this topic: “I read about Audrie Pott in the newspaper and was devastated to read that boys had taken pictures of her naked body and shared them. It was a new, scary twist on social-media use. I wanted to explore how it was that teenage boys thought this was okay, that it was a joke, that it wasn’t a crime to take pictures of a naked 15-year old girl who was drunk and incoherent.”
Elyse Steinberg and Josh Kriegman’s hotly anticipated “Weiner,” a documentary portrait of disgraced politician Anthony Weiner,” found a buyer in Sundance Selects days ahead of the film’s January 24 premiere at Sundance. Now Sundance Selects has made a deal that will make the film available to viewers first on Showtime, then on Hulu.
Set in 2013, “Weiner” captures the former politician’s attempt to make a comeback by running for NYC mayor after a sexting scandal led him to resign from Congress. The planned return to grace, however, was foiled by more allegations of misconduct. The filmmakers reportedly enjoyed considerable access to their subject.