Sundance: Magnolia Pictures Picks Up Steven Bannon Doc 'The Brink'

Steve Bannon - H - 2017

Magnolia previously acquired worldwide rights to another Sundance doc, 'Hail Satan?'

Magnolia Pictures has picked up worldwide rights to the Steve Bannon documentary The Brink.

The feature, which is set to premiere at Sundance, was directed by Alison Klayman (Take Your Pills) and follows the former White House chief strategist as he takes his effort to spread extreme nationalism from the U.S. to the rest of the world. The film follows Bannon through the 2018 U.S. mid-term elections and sheds light on his efforts to mobilize and unify far-right parties in order to win seats in the May 2019 European Parliamentary elections.

RYOT Films co-financed the movie, which was produced by Marie Therese Guirgis and Klayman. Executive producers are Adam Bardach, Hayley Pappas, Bryn Mooser and Matt Ippolito. 

“There were a lot of risks and challenges to doing a vérité film like this, and Marie Therese and I could not have felt more supported by our partners Magnolia Pictures and RYOT Films,” said Klayman. “We brought this project to Magnolia as merely an idea and they always understood the film. I feel lucky as a director to have the opportunity to work with them.”

This is the second Sundance acquisition for Magnolia, which previously acquired worldwide rights to the Satanic Temple doc Hail Satan?

Frankfurt Kurnit negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers. Magnolia will be launching The Brink at EFM later this year.