New York-based ZeitgeistFilms has picked up all US rights from Geller/Goldfine Productions to DanielGeller and Dayna Goldfine's dance documentary Ballets Russes, which premiered in Sundance.
Los Angeles-based sales anddistribution house Lightning Entertainment has acquired international rights onthe picture, announcing key sales to Xanadeux in Japan and Hopscotch Films inAustralia and New Zealand.
Zeitgeist plans an October2005 release for Ballets Russes,which combines rare archive footage, home movies, letters and diaries withanecdotal interviews from former stars of the legendary ballet troupe.
The US deal was negotiatedbetween producers representatives Jonathan Dana and Paul F Mayersohn forGeller/Goldfine and co-president Nancy Gerstman and Robert Marcus for ZeitgeistFilms. Dana also negotiated the sale of Canadian rights to Capri Films withCapri's Tony Cianciotta.
Guardian negotiated theinternational deals with Xanadeux andHopscotch.