Joe Swanberg won’t have to worry about his latest film, “Uncle Kent,” finding distribution at Sundance this coming January, because IFC Films has already acquired worldwide rights to the film. From the official press release:
IFC Films, the leading American distributor of independent and foreign films, announced today that the company has acquired worldwide rights to director Joe Swanberg’s UNCLE KENT. The film, which stars Kent Osborne, Jennifer Prediger, Josephine Decker, and Swanberg himself, will premiere as part of the Spotlight section of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
UNCLE KENT follows a kid’s show cartoonist in Los Angeles as he spends a weekend trying to sleep with his visiting house guest – a woman from New York who he met on Chatroulette.
Jonathan Sehring, president of IFC Films, said, “Joe Swanberg has long been one of our very favorite filmmakers, and we are thrilled that UNCLE KENT will be his Sundance debut.”
The film is the latest addition to an already long relationship between IFC and Swanberg, having previously released HANNAH TAKES THE STAIRS, ALEXANDER THE LAST and NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS together.
Noted filmmaker Swanberg: “I am thrilled to continue my relationship with IFC Films. They are committed to bringing the most exciting American and International work to the widest audience possible. I’m very happy to be in the company of so many great filmmakers and people.”
The deal was brokered by Lizzie Nastro, Director of Acquisitions & Co-Productions for IFC with Swanberg.