Berlin: Songbird Documentary Flies for Java Films


8:27 AM PST 02/11/2014 by Stuart Kemp
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The Europe-based doc sales and distribution specialist snares “Emptying the Skies,” the documentary based on novelist Jonathan Franzen’s New Yorker magazine essay.

Berlin – Douglas KassEmptying the Skies, a documentary based on Jonathan Franzen’s New Yorker magazine essay about rampant migratory songbird poaching in southern Europe, will wing its ways to audiences around the world via Europe-based documentary sales and distribution specialist Java Films.

Co-directed and produced by Roger Kass, whose brother Douglas directs, the documentary follows a squad of pan-European bird lovers who risk their lives disrupting trapping operations and freeing as many wild birds as possible.

The acquisition deal for global rights to the project was negotiated by David Koh of Submarine Entertainment and Roger Kass of RingTheJing Entertainment on behalf of the filmmakers and Kathryn Bonnici, head of acquisitions for Java Films.

Submarine also has sold all rights in Canada to Films We Like and worldwide airline rights to Jaguar Distribution in deals made with Ron Mann of Films We Like and Mona Kwan, vp acquisitions for Jaguar Distribution.

A U.S. distribution partner is pending.

Emptying the Skies is a RingTheJing Production in association with Sustainable Films.

Franzen exec produces alongside Andrea van Beuren.

Roger Kass said: “Emptying the Skies was made for the world to see and Java Films clearly has the passion for the film to ensure that happens. On behalf of myself, Jonathan Franzen, my brother Doug and everyone else involved with the film, we are delighted to be working together with Java and our other notable partners.”

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