All rights in the United Kingdom went to Dogwoof (who also distributed The Interrupters in the UK), Roadshow Films took rights in Australia, and rights were sold to VSC in Canada and I Wonder Pictures in Italy.
In addition to the all rights deals listed above, several multi-territory pay TV deals are currently in negotiation which will see the film reach many countries worldwide. All sales were negotiated by Christina Rogers for the Magnolia Pictures International team.
The film had its international premiere as an Official Selection in the Cannes Classics section in May (see our report). Life Itself screened this past week in Auckland at Documentary Edge Festival, and has dates ahead in Wellington for Documentary Edge, and at Sydney Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, AFI Docs, and Nantucket Film Festival.
From acclaimed filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters), Life Itself recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert – a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, Life Itself, explores the legacy of Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.
Magnolia International is the sales arm of Magnolia Pictures featuring a library or More than 100 narrative and documentary feature films as well as HD television content ranging from travel, music and in-flight programming. Films include: The ABC’s of Death, John Dies at the End, Kiss of the Damned, Humpday, Good Night and Good Luck, Two Lovers, Redacted, The Road, Trollhunter. Documentaries: Blackfish, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, the Cocaine Cowboys trilogy, Smash His Camera, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. The current slate includes LIFE ITSELF, Horror-Thriller HONEYMOON, Rom-com STANDBY, COCAINE COWBOYS: RELOADED, Irish Comedy LIFE’S A BREEZE and Lynn Shelton’s TOUCHY FEELY.
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