Kinosmith Takes Canadian Rights to Sundance Title 'BlackFish'

The distributor also picked up the local rights to the Hot Docs opener "The Manor," which will receive a world premiere in Toronto on Thursday night.

TORONTO – Canadian distributor Kinosmith has picked up from Magnolia Pictures the Sundance title Blackfish, American writer/director Gabriela Cowperthwaite's killer whale documentary.

Kinosmith also acquired the Canadian rights to the Hot Docs opener The Manor, Shawney Cohen's debut theatrical film about his family running a strip club in southern Ontario.

The Manor was initially pitched at the IDFA Forum and will receive a world premiere to launch the 20th edition of Hot Docs on Thursday night.

Magnolia and CNN Films earlier grabbed the North American rights to Blackfish at Sundance.

Magnolia plans a summer theatrical release for Blackfish, followed by a domestic broadcast debut on CNN later this year.