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Sundance Selects Grabs Rights to 'Walk Away Renee' Doc

The film is the follow up to director Jonathan Caouette’s "Tarnation."

Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to director Jonathan Caouette’s documentary Walk Away Renee from Wild Bunch.

The film, which details a cross-country road trip Caouette took with his mentally ill mother, had its premiere at the 2011 Festival de Cannes Critics Week as a work-in-progress. Walk continues the story Caouette began with his 2003 film Tarnation.

Caouette, Gerard Lacroix and Pierre-Paul Puljiz produced the film; Catherine Rouault is an executive producer.

"We were deeply moved by Jonathan Caouette's Walk Away Renee, which continues to document not only his relationship with his mother Renee LeBlanc but also shows him making great strides as a filmmaker," said Sundance Selects/IFC Films president Jonathan Sehring.

Sundance Selects/IFC Films execs Arianna Bocco and Betsy Rodgers negotiated the deal with Carole Baraton of Wild Bunch on behalf of the filmmakers.

A sister division to IFC Films and IFC Midnight, Sundance Selects recently released Certified Copy, Buck and Tabloid. The indie distributor will next release Weekend, The Kid With a Bike and Poliss.