IFC Films hasacquired North American rights to Dana Brown's off-road racing documentary DustTo Glory, whichchronicles the legendary annual desert race in Mexico's Baja peninsula. Thecompany plans to release it in spring 2005.

The productionreunited Brown with Step Into Liquid producers C Rich Wilson and Scott Waugh of Bronwa Pictures.Baja champion Mike McCoy also served as producer. Brown wrote, directed andedited Step Into Liquid.

The shoot on DustTo Glory entailed morethan 50 cameras, four helicopters, a four-passenger race buggy camera car and acrew of more than 80 to film the world's longest continuous point-to-pointrace.

"Given therecord-breaking success of Touching The Void, we felt Dana's film would be a greatfit for IFC, especially since Step Into Liquid, his first film, has become thedefinitive film on surfing," IFC president of entertainment, Jonathan Sehringsaid in a statement.

"We wereimpressed with how IFC handled Touching The Void, and the raw enthusiasm they expressedfor the subject matter of Dust To Glory, which is as important to us as it is to the peoplecommitted to this incredible sport," Brown added.

IFC Filmsdirector of acquisitions Sarah Lash negotiated the deal with Gotham Sales' GregJohnson and Peter Newman. Legal representation on behalf of Bronwa Pictures wasprovided by Chris Husband of Bear, Abrahamson & Kaller.