Zeitgeist, First Run select Sundance pair


The Hurricane Katrina chronicle "Trouble the Water," winner of the Grand Jury documentary prize at January's Sundance Film Festival, has been picked up for U.S. distribution by Zeitgeist Films.

North American rights to another Sundance world premiere, the 2007 gay Christian drama "Save Me," have been nabbed by First Run Features.

Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's "Water" uses camcorder footage shot in New Orleans by aspiring rapper Kimberly Roberts and her husband, Scott, before and during the disaster. The film tracks the couple through the aftermath, taking a critical look at the government's response and the media coverage.

An Aug. 22 Oscar-qualifying run in Los Angeles and New York is planned, followed by a national platform release. Zeitgeist's Nancy Gerstman negotiated the deal with Cinetic Media.

Robert Cary's "Save Me" stars Chad Allen as a drug-addicted gay man sent by his brother to a Christian camp to make him straight, a task made more complicated when he ends up falling for his mentor (Robert Gant). Judith Light and Stephen Lang also star in the drama, set for a Sept. 5 release in New York.

First Run negotiated the deal with Garbus Kroupa Entertainment, Mythgarden and Tetrahedron Prods. (partialdiff)