Sundance net taps fest

Petty docu is among 21 pickups

Sundance Channel has acquired Peter Bogdanovich's four-hour documentary "Runnin' Down a Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers" along with 20 films that made their debuts at January's Sundance Film Festival.

"Dream," which is set to have its world premiere Oct. 14 at the New York Film Festival, will debut on Sundance at 7 p.m. Oct. 29. It examines three decades in the history of the Grammy- winning rock band, featuring interviews as well as archival and concert footage. The docu also follows Petty's solo career and his time with the Traveling Wilburys.

"This deeply rich portrait of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers by film legend Peter Bogdanovich is a perfect fit for Sundance Channel viewers, who are devoted fans of cinema and music," said Laura Michalchyshyn, executive vp and GM, programming and creative affairs.

In addition, Sundance has acquired rights to 20 films out of the Sundance fest, including features, docus and shorts. The titles include the features "Four Sheets to the Wind," "The Legacy," "Noise" and "Red Road" and the docus "Autism Every Day," "Manda Bala" and "Manufactured Landscapes."

The acquisition continues the channel's annual practice of scouting the festival for new titles, which resulted in the acquisition of 12 films from the 2005 festival and 32 from last year's.