LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA / ACCESS CABLE / July 27, 2022 / Cinedigm Corp. (NASDAQ:CIDM) announced today that the company has acquired all North American rights to the playful and provocative narrative/documentary hybrid Sell/To buy/Date, executive produced by Meryl Streep. An official selection of SXSW 2022, the film offers a progressive look at the sex industry and is the directorial debut of Tony Award winner Sarah Jones, who also stars, along with interviews and cameos from Rosario Dawson, Bryan Cranston, Ilana Glazer. and others.
The deeply personal film will open in theaters this fall to kick off awards season, before streaming exclusively on Fandor with a wider digital release to follow.
Sell/To buy/Date creatively tackles the complex subject matter of the sex industry and expands on Jones’ acclaimed 2016 off-Broadway solo production of the same name. Jones plays herself, along with four different on-screen characters, including a young college student and an 80-something-year-old grandmother.
From Los Angeles to Las Vegas to New York, Jones and his many characters navigate an industry that is always prevalent but rarely talked about. Unafraid to ask tough questions, he explores the industry’s relationship to race, power and economics along with his own connection to it. Jones candidly investigates the subject as he takes viewers on a roller coaster ride filled with humor and emotion as he exposes the truth and tragedy within the industry.
“I want the whole world to know about Sarah Jones. I think she is an extraordinary artist, a once-in-a-lifetime artist,” Streep said.
In addition to Jones, Sell/Buy/Date was produced by David Goldblum and Julie Parker Benello, with a story written by Jones and Goldblum. Executive producers also include Regina K. Scully, Gigi Pritzker, Abby Pucker, Robina Riccitiello, Nion McEvoy and Leslie Berriman, Pamela Shifman, the Meadow Fund, and S. Mona Sinha. The production companies that support it are Foment Productions, Conscious Contact Entertainment, Secret Sauce Media, Artemis Rising Foundation, JustFilms/Ford Foundation and InMaat Foundation. The film was released through the SFFILM Invest program.
Following SXSW, Sell/Buy/Date has been on the festival circuit, garnering attention from the SFFILM Festival, the Provincetown International Film Festival, and several festivals to come this fall.
“Sell/Buy/Date is more dynamic and innovative than your typical documentary, using carefully written characters and unexpected lightness to help us engage with heavy topics,” said Aaron Hillis, Director of Programming at Cinedigm. “Sarah Jones gives a voice to those in an industry most people would avoid, proving her bravery as a storyteller.”
The deal was negotiated by Brandon Hill, Acquisitions Manager, on behalf of Cinedigm, and UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers.
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