First Run Features has acquired Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein’s documentary Bulletproof Salesman, about arms dealer Fidelis Cloer.

The company plans an early 2010 theatrical release on the Pepper & Bones Films account of the life of Cloer, a self-confessed profiteer who during the course of a career spanning more than two decades supplied arms to kings, presidents and the odd dictator.

“I love this film; it is so different – and more enjoyable – than the usual, serious, heavy-handed style that many documentarians bring to weighty subjects,” First Run Features vice-president Marc Mauceri, whose company negotiated the sale with Josh Braun at Submarine, said.

Bulletproof Salesman is a great example of how a well-crafted film can sneakily convey information and wisdom in a such a way that it will appeal to 19-year-olds as well as 90 year-olds.”

First Run Features recently celebrated its 30th anniversary with a retrospective at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.