The SundanceChannel has acquired all North American rights to Mark Decena's debut featurefilm Dopamine, thecompany's senior vice president of film programming Paola Frecceroannounced today (Apr 29).

A romanticcomedy about a computer programmer who falls for a nursery school teacher, Dopamine stars John Livingston (The Net) and Sabrina Lloyd (TV's SportsNight).

The acquisition was negotiated by Linda Lichter of LichterGrossman, Nichols, Adler & Goodman, and Jeff Dowd on behalf of thedirector, and by Christian Vesper, vice president of acquisitions at SundanceChannel Entertainment.

Dopamine was shot on high definition video andwon the Alfred P Sloan Foundation prize at Sundance earlier this year foroutstanding independent films featuring science and technology.

It is the firstfilm to go through every stage of the Sundance support network, starting in theSundance Institute Labs and progressing via the festival, Film Series andSundance Channel Home Entertainment to the Sundance Channel.

Decena'sfilm is the second title in the Sundance Film Series after MichaelWinterbottom's In This World. The series is due to launch in the autumn and will go out to 10US markets in Loews theatres.