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HBO picks up Pussy Riot documentary at Sundance

By Daniel S Levine,

Another documentary screened at the Sundance Film Festival has found up a distributor. HBO Documentary Films picked up Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer, which centers on the Russian feminist punk band, whose members were jailed last year.

According to a press release posted at Deadline, HBO bought U.S. TV rights. The network did not announce when it plans to air the documentary, though.

Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin co-directed the film, which was screened on Friday. A sold out crowd turned out to see the film.

Pussy Riot became known around the world after they performed their “Punk Prayer” at Russia’s main cathedral and were arrested. Three members of the group were sentenced to two years in prison in August for hooliganism, even after international outcry and protests.

The directors said in a statement that they “are thrilled to be working with HBO on bringing this important story to the world.”

Documentaries have been popular during the early days of Sundance. Twenty Feet From Stardom, a documentary about backup singers, was picked up by The Weinstein Company for theatrical distribution.

According to Indiewire, Sundance Selects has already picked up The Summit and Dirty Wars, while Showtime struck a deal for History of the Eagles.

 
 

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