Multimedia platform Babelgum has agreed a deal with sales company ContentFilm International to present ten documentaries by British director Nick Broomfield via its online service in US, UK and Italy.
From today, the ten feature length documentaries will be made available for free video streaming on Babelgum’s website and via mobile phone downloads.
Titles include Kurt & Courtney, Biggie and Tupac, Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam, Fetishes, Chicken Ranch, Soldier Girls, Aileen - Life and Death of a Serial Killer, Aileen Wuornos - The Selling of a Serial Killer and The Leader.
The deal was negotiated by Andreas Lemos, Director of Acquisitions for Babelgum, and Jonathan Ford, Executive Vice-President of Digital Acquisitions and Distribution for ContentFilm.
Karol Martesko-Fenster, SVP and General Manager of Babelgum’s film division, said: “We are thrilled to be working with our friends at ContentFilm on presenting this eclectic collection of important and often provocative films by a pioneer of the documentary form. As a director of award-winning TV and theatrical docs, Nick Broomfield has distinguished himself in the film world for over 35 years, focusing on a variety of fascinating subjects and heady issues, while always injecting a lot of personal energy into each of his projects. We’re excited to let a whole new global audience discover his unique voice for themselves.”
“It’s good to know these films will have a new life online and on portable viewing devices,” added Broomfield. “I like to shoot on the fly, so it makes a certain kind of sense that a film like Chicken Ranch or Kurt & Courtney would be viewed outdoors or on a long Tube ride with a compact device that can fit in your pocket. The films have been reinvented and re-digitized to superb quality, and are every bit as entertaining as when they were first made.”
“We are proud to be working with Babelgum on presenting a selection of these high-caliber documentaries on their innovative platforms,” said ContentFilm’s Jonathan Ford. “Although many of these titles have enjoyed success at international film festivals and on television, others haven’t been seen as widely and are certainly deserving of the exposure. We’re glad to be assisting in Babelgum’s impressive efforts to become a premier online outlet for distributing independent documentaries.”
The latest is the third multi-platform documentary deal Babelgum has confirmed in July, following a ten-film web and mobile agreement with UK documentary specialists Films Transit and a multi-episode documentary pact with UK production company Native Voice Films.