IFC Midnight Nabs 'The Jeffrey Dahmer Files'

Jeffrey Dahmer - P 2012
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Jeffrey Dahmer - P 2012

Chris James Thompson directed the documentary, which made its worldwide premiere at the SXSW Film Festival.

IFC Midnight is acquiring all North American and U.K. rights to Chris James Thompson's documentary The Jeffrey Dahmer Files, which retraces the life of the infamous Milwaukee serial killer.

In addition to directing, Thompson produced the documentary and co-wrote the script with Andrew Swant and Joe Riepenhoff. Dahmer Files made its world premiere at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival.

IFC MIdnight is planning an early 2013 theatrical release.

Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in 1991 and sentenced to 975 years in prison for killing 17 people. Dahmer Files includes interviews a number of people involved in the case, as well as neighhors.

"Chris James Thompson has made one of the creepiest documentaries of the year that lingers in the mind long after the film has ended. He's approached the well-known sujbect of Jeffrey Dahmer in a new and inventive way that managed to completely unnerve us," said Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films.

The deal was negotiated by Sundance Selects/IFC Films senior vice president of acquistions and productions Arianna Bocco and Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment on behalf of the filmmakers.

 IFC Midnight is a sister label of IFC Films and Sundance Selects, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.