A number of deals have been signed for feature documentaries showing at Hot Docs, now underway in Toronto.
Toronto-based distributor Films We Like acquired Canadian rights to two pictures: The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (US) [pictured], directed by Marie Losier, which is a love story amongst characters who’ve undergone a series of cosmetic surgeries to more closely resemble each other; and Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, directed by Rodman Flender, which follows the late-night host on the stand-up road following his departure from The Tonight Show.
Meanwhile, Showtime Networks Inc. acquired US exhibition rights for Fightville (US), directed by Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein, which reveals the raw power of determination of hopeful Ultimate Fighting Championship competitors.
New York-based New Video acquired North American rights to Hell and Back Again (UK, US), directed by Danfung Dennis, which tells the stories of soldiers in Afghanistan and back home.
Boston-based PBS International acquired worldwide television rights (excluding US) to The Hollywood Complex (US), directed by Dan Sturman and Dylan Nelson, about the hopeful child actors who flock to Hollywood each spring for pilot season.
Los Angeles-based 7th Art Releasing acquired North American and world television rights to In Heaven, Underground. The Jewish Cemetery in Berlin-Weissensee (Germany), directed by Britta Wauer, which offers an enchanting portrait of a 130-year-old Jewish cemetery in the German capital.
Toronto-based Video Services Corp. acquired Canadian rights to Billy Corben’s Limelight (US), which profiles Peter Gatien, the creator of that New York nightclub.
CBC documentary acquired Canadian rights to The Team (Canada), directed by Patrick Reed, which goes behind the scenes of a taboo-breaking Kenyan soap opera that hopes to unite a nation.
Hot Docs continues until Sunday, May 8.