Wellspring Media has boarded Bruno Dumont's upcoming drama 29Palms as co-producer,with production due to wrap in time for a screening in Cannes this year. Thestory centres on a young pair of photographers who are scouting for locationsin the Joshua Tree National Park when their lives are changed forever by ashocking confrontation in the desert. Wellspring holds US rights and is planninga 2004 theatrical release, prior to a video/DVD roll-out on the Wellspringlabel.

The companydistributed Dumont's other two films - the award-winning Life of Jesus (1997) and Humanite (1999). Both titles were officialselections at the Cannes Film Festival. The co-production deal was negotiatedby Wellspring acquisition executives Krysanne Katsoolis and Marie ThereseGuirgis with Jean Brehat of 3-B Productions.