Kinosmith picks up 12 films

'Marwencol,' 'Sweetgrass' and 'Winnebago' among titles

TORONTO – Fewer Canadian distributors and broadcasters buying one-off documentaries has indie distributor Kinosmith acquiring them by the cartload.

Toronto-based Kinosmith has picked up the Canadian rights to Jeff Malmberg's SXSW award winner "Marwencol" and six other documentaries that screened at the recent Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

These include Llisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor's "Sweetgrass," an elegy to the American west, Liz Marshall's social-issue documentary "Water on the Table" and Stephen Kijakthe's "Scott Walker 30th Century Man."

Also landing in the Kinosmith shopping basket is Christie Callan-Jones' "Cat Ladies," "The Rise and Fall of Grumpy Burger" from Matt Gallagher and Ben Steinbauer's Sundance hit "Winnebago Man."

The only non-Hot Docs title acquired by Kinosmith is Summer Love's "Sounds Like a Revolution," which will have its Canadian premiere at the upcoming North x Northeast Festival on June 16.

A shrinking number of Canadian distributors picking up documentaries for theatrical release here means smaller players like Kinosmith have stepped in to purchase the domestic rights to edgier festival fare.

Kinosmith plans theatrical runs for a five of the doc titles before all are released to the DVD market under the distributor's Hot Docs Collection brand.

Kinosmith also picked up the Canadian rights to four dramatic features, including David Russo's character-driven comedy "The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle," Carl Bessai's "Fathers & Sons," director Rune Denstad Langlo's "North" and Chris Smith's first feature "American Job," which will go straight to DVD.
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