Vantage gets head start at Sundance

Picks up Davis Guggenheim doc about public school crisis

PARK CITY -- Marking the first sale of the Sundance Film Festival, which kicked off Thursday, Paramount Vantage has acquired worldwide rights to Davis Guggenheim's new documentary about the crisis in public education in the U.S.

The film, which will have its world premiere at the fest Friday as part of the U.S. doc competition, under the title "Waiting for Superman," was developed, financed and executive produced by Participant Media.

The acquisition reunites Guggenheim with Paramount Vantage, which released his Oscar-winning "An Inconvenient Truth," which was exec produced by Participant.

The deal is being announced Thursday by Adam Goodman, Paramount Film Group president and by Participant CEO Jim Berk.

Vantage will release the film in the fall in the U.S., with international release dates to be determined.

The doc features several leaders in the field of education, including philanthropist Bill Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of the Harlem Children's Zone in Harlem, New York: and Michelle Rhee, chancellor of the Washington, D.C., public schools.

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John Legend composed its end title song.

The film is directed and produced by Davis Guggenheim. Lesley Chilcott produced, with Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann serving as executive producers. It was written by Guggenheim and Billy Kimball.
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