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Indie distributor The Orchard has acquired the youth football documentary The Roughnecks.
The film centers on a pee-wee football team in Texas and their journey to win their equivalent of the Super Bowl. It follows the 11-year-old players on the field and off, including their personal and familial struggles.
Richard Cameron White (The Sleeping Bear) and Marty Bowen co-produced and co-directed. Bowen is a co-founder of Temple Hill Entertainment, the production company behind YA hits including the Twilight franchise, The Fault In Our Stars, and The Maze Runner and its upcoming sequel.
The Orchard will distribute The Roughnecks on digital platforms in 2015.
“We are incredibly excited to be working with The Orchard on The Roughnecks,” Bowen said in a statement. “It was a labor of love for us — especially me since I played for them when I was young — and The Orchard’s innovative, passionate approach to distribution is the perfect fit in getting our movie out to a mass audience.”
“Roughnecks is an epic tale as much about pee-wee football as it is about youngsters finding themselves in the face of adversity,” Orchard senior vp film and tv Paul Davidson added.
The deal was negotiated by Danielle DiGiacomo for The Orchard and UTA for the filmmakers.
The Orchard’s recent acquisitions include the documentaries Point And Shoot, the grand jury prize winner for best documentary at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, and Rich Hill, the grand jury prize winner for best doc at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. It’s also handling the doc Harmontown, which follows Community creator Dan Harmon‘s podcast tour in 2013, and the vampire mockumentary What We Do In the Shadows.
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