Toronto: 'Sunshine Superman' Acquired by Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films

Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival

The BASE jumping doc has found a home

North American rights to Sunshine Superman have gone to Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films.

The documentary from director Marah Stauch's centers on Carl Boenish, the father of modern BASE jumping. It premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.

Magnolia Pictures is taking theatrical, VOD and home entertainment rights, while TV and broadcast distribution rights are going to CNN Films. The film will get a theatrical release in 2015, and will air exclusively on CNN in 2016.

“Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films are the perfect partners for Sunshine Superman, a film about taking risks and following your dreams,” Strauch said in a statement. “We are very excited to share our film with people all across the country and to be working with a team that understands the power of documentaries that not only change the world, but also entertain.”

Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles called Sunshine Superman a "breathtakingly exciting work," while Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide, praised Stauch as "a rising star in independent film."

The film was produced by Scissor Kick Films, Flimmer Films, and Submarine Entertainment. Josh Braun, Dan Braun and David Koh of Submarine negotiated the deal for the producers.  Dori Begley and John Van Thaden  negotiated for Magnolia, and Malhotra and Stacey Wolf worked on behalf of CNN Films. Evan Krauss of Gray Krauss Stratford Sandler Des Rochers LLP provided legal for the producers. 

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