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IFC Films sister division Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Errol Morris‘ latest documentary, Tabloid. The indie distributor plans to roll out the film theatrically and on VOD over the summer.
Tabloid, which screened at the Telluride and Toronto fests in September, tells the wacky story of Joyce McKinney, who became the subject of the infamous “Case of the Manacled Mormon” in Britain in 1977.
She was accused of flying overseas to kidnap and have sex with her lost love — an action she claims was meant to save him from a cult. That decades later she turned up in yet another, wholly unrelated, international news story just adds to the bizarre nature of her life and the media’s obsession with the tabloid story.
Julie Bilson Ahlberg and Mark Lipson produced; Robert Fernandez and Angus Wall were executive producers on the project.
Sundance Selects exec Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal with Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment on behalf of Morris.
“Tabloid is a return to my favorite genre – sick, sad and funny – but of course, it’s more than that,” said Morris. “It is a meditation on how we are shaped by the media and even more powerfully, by ourselves. Joyce is a woman profoundly influenced by her dreams and, in a sense, she was living in a movie long before she came to star in my film.”
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