Cannes: Phase 4 Films Picks Up Snowboarding Doc From Lucy Walker

The Crash Reel Sundance Film Festival 2013

The Crash Reel Sundance Film Festival 2013

"The Crash Reel" focuses on the friendship and rivalry between Shaun White and Kevin Pierce.

Phase 4 Films has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to Lucy Walker’s The Crash Reel -- with the exception of U.S. TV broadcast rights, which have gone to HBO, which helped finance the film.

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Written by Walker and Pedro Kos, the documentary recounts the long-time rivalry between snowboarders Shuan White and Kevin Pierce. It utilizes 15 years of verite footage and a soundtrack that includes music from Chemical Brothers, Underworld and Moby, as it documents Pearce’s recovery from injury while White goes on to Olympic glory.

Phase 4 will release the film, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, during the winter of 2013.

The Crash Reel is an extraordinary film for audiences for all ages, and it is the type of film that surely requires more than one viewing,” said Barry Meyerowitz, president and CEO of Phase 4 Films.

The deal was negotiated by Phase 4’s Larry Greenberg and Sam Posner with Andrew Herwitz of The Film Sales Company on behalf of the filmmakers.