February 5, 2019
Sundance 2019

Here Are the Films that Were Purchased at Sundance 2019

Deal or no deal?

While the 2019 Sundance Film Festival may have concluded last Sunday, many of the films featured in the festival are just beginning their "lives" post-Utah. Whether via another festival (SXSW is just around the corner!) or theatrical and home distribution, a number of this year's selections have already been scooped up and purchased by film distributors looking to further the reach of a particular title. 

As first reported by Variety (and compiled by New York Magazine's Vulture and updated by No Film School), there were quite a number of buys at this year's festival, some for lucrative amounts reaching the astronomical $15 million price point.

While more will be purchased in the weeks ahead, below is a list of the films that currently have a home. We hold out hope for the likes of Light From LightMs. Purple, Pahokee, Premature, and other features whose awareness is just beginning to prosper and will eventually lead to a solid landing spot. 

A24:

The Souvenir — dir. Joanna Hogg — undisclosed

The Farewell — dir. Lulu Wang — $6 million

Amazon:

Late Night — dir. Nisha Ganatra — $13 million

The Report — dir. Scott Burns — $14 million

Brittany Runs a Marathon — dir. Paul Downs Colaizzo — $14 million

Honey Boy — dir. Alma Ha’rel — $5 million

One Child Nation — dir. Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang — “high six figures

Apple:

Hala — dir. Minhal Baig — undisclosed

Array:

Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen — dir. Hepi Mita — undisclosed

Bleecker Street:

The Tomorrow Man — dir. Noble Jones — “an eight-figure deal”

Fox Searchlight:

Lavender — dir. Matthew Puccini — undisclosed

HBO Films:

Native Son — dir. Rashid Johnson — undisclosed

Share — dir. Pippa Bianco — a “seven-figure deal” (in association with A24)

Hulu:

Ask Dr. Ruth — dir. Ryan White — undisclosed

IFC Films:

The Nightingale — dir. Jennifer Kent — undisclosed

Official Secrets — dir. Gavin Hood — “in the $2 million range”

Kino Lorber:

The Mountain — dir. Rick Alverson — undisclosed

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch — dir. Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky — undisclosed

Magnolia:

The Brink — dir. Alison Klayman — undisclosed

Neon:

Little Monsters — dir. Abe Forsythe — mid-seven figures (in partnership with Hulu)

The Lodge — dir. Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala — just under $2 million

Monos — dir. Alejandro Landes — undisclosed

Luce — dir. Julius Onah — undisclosed (in association with Topic Studios)

Netflix:

Delhi Crime Story — dir. Richie Mehta — undisclosed

American Factory — dir. Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert — undisclosed

Knock Down the House —  dir. Rachel Learsundisclosed

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile — dir. Joe Berlinger — $9 million

New Line:

Blinded by the Light — dir. Gurinder Chadha — $15 million

Showtime:

Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men — dir. Sacha Jenkins —undisclosed

Sony Pictures Classics:

David Crosby: Remember My Name — dir. AJ Eaton — “low seven figures”

Where’s My Roy Cohn — dir. Matt Tyrnauer — undisclosed

For more, see our ongoing list of coverage of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

No Film School's podcast and editorial coverage of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival is sponsored by Blackmagic Design.           

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Good to see the money floating in the Indy scene

February 10, 2019 at 5:41AM

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