CSNY docu on tour in U.S., 15 other territories
Rockumentary feature directed by Neil YoungCANNES -- Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are finalizing a deal for U.S. rights to the politically charged Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young rockumentary "CSNY -- Deja Vu." Fortissimo Films, which acquired the film from Shangri-La, has sold rights to 15 more international territories.
The feature, directed by Neil Young, chronicles the group's 2006 Freedom of Speech tour in support of Young's "Living in War" album.
The anti-Iraq War theme and songs like "Let's Impeach the President" increasingly polarized audiences as the band traveled to southern states. Interviews with soldiers and others affected by the war are mixed in with the concert footage.
When the film premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival, the band members expressed a desire to release it before the November elections to encourage debate, and the proposed deal would certainly get it seen.
In July, Roadside will release it theatrically in 15 cities, with Lionsgate handling a simultaneous nationwide VOD release and, via potential partner Netflix, streaming video. The DVD will be released shortly before the elections through the band's label, Reprise, with HDNet in talks to air the film on the same date.
Fortissimo already has sold the film to Australia, Europe, Israel, Japan and Latin America. Cinetic is handling North American sales.