EXCLUSIVE: Ealing picks up Jessica Yu’s documentary about global water shortages, film gets its international premiere in Berlin.
UK sales outfit Ealing Metro International has recently acquired documentary Last Call at the Oasis directed by Oscar-winning director Jessica Yu.
Screened at Toronto where it was picked up for US release by ATO Pictures from Submarine Entertainment, the documentary confronts global water shortages and features an appearance from Erin Brokovich and Jack Black among other celebrity campaigners. Elise Pearlstein produces. Executive producers are Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann along with Carol Baum and David Helpern.
The film will screen in the Berlinale Culinary Cinema strand on February 15.
Yu’s Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O’Brien won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short in 1997 while the director has been nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance on three occasions.
Will Machin, head of Ealing Metro said: “We are delighted to be following up our successful collaboration on Page 1: Inside the New York Times with the two most consistent champions of theatrical documentary films in the US - Participant Media and Submarine – and look forward to sharing this magnificent film with the rest of the world.”
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