Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Michael Rapaport's Directorial Debut

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“As a first time filmmaker to have the support of SPC is like being signed by the NY Yankees,” he says of his film, "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest," which debuted at Sundance.

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired Michael Rapaport's directorial debut, Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest.

Rival Pictures and State Street Pictures produced the film, which was in documentary competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

"I couldn't be more excited and proud that Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest is being distributed by Sony Pictures Classics. As a first time filmmaker to have the support of SPC is like being signed by the NY Yankees. Telling this story was not only a labor of love, but also the most fulfilling accomplishment of my career,” Rapaport -- who has starred in Mighty Aphrodite and True Romance, among others -- and says in a statement.

Sony Pictures Classics brokered the deal with the Paradigm Motion Picture Finance Group and Steven C. Beer at Greenberg Traurig.

He's also currently in development with producer John Davis and Fox 21 on a 2011 version of The White Shadow as a cable series.

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