Toronto's Maximum Films International has acquired international rights to last month's Sundance Grand Jury Prize documentary winner Trouble The Water.

Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's film follows aspiring rapper Kim and her husband as they try to navigate a path to survival in New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Danny Glover produced with his Louverture Films partner Joslyn Barnes.

'Maximum is fortunate to have acquired this award-winning and inspirational film, and to be able to work with such talented filmmakers as Tia Lessin and Carl Deal,' Maximum's managing director Charlotte Mickie said.

'We were incredibly moved by Trouble The Water's inspiring message and the uplifting true story and courage of Kim and Scott Roberts.'

'We are so happy to have Charlotte Mickie and Maximum partnering with us on international sales for Trouble the Water,' Deal and Lessin added.

'Charlotte has a passionate commitment to independent film-makers and
their films, and an unbeatable track record. We know that she and
Maximum will ensure that our film reaches its optimum global audience.

Mickie is also commencing sales here at EFM on Shirley Barrett's period romantic comedy South Solitary that is set to shoot later this year with Maggie Gyllenhaal and Paul Bettany, as well as Amy Redford's Sundance entry The Guitar starring Saffron Burrows.