Arthouse Films has acquired all North American rights to Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler's William Kunstler: Disturbing The Universe following its recent world premiere in the US Documentary Competition at Sundance.

David Koh and Lilly Bright negotiated the deal on behalf of Arthouse Films and Curiously Bright Entertainment with Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment representing the film-makers.

Jesse Moss and Susan Korda produced and Vanessa Wanger served as executive producer on the profile of the late civil rights lawyer's life and times. Arthouse plans a mid-2009 release.

The Disturbing The Universe and Independent Television Service co-production will premiere on the PBS series P.O.V. in 2010.

Earlier in the festival Arthouse swooped on Art & Copy, which also premiered in the US Documentary Competition.