Documentary deals done at Sundance

Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:47am EST
 
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By Steven Zeitchik and Gregg Goldstein

PARK CITY (Hollywood Reporter) - Several small acquisitions kicked off the Sundance Film Festival on Thursday.

HBO Documentary Films said it picked up "The Black List: Volume One." Timothy Greenfield-Sanders directed the movie, in which journalist and former New York Times critic Elvis Mitchell interviews black cultural figures and icons ranging from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Sean Combs to Colin Powell.

An exhibit, book and other projects will accompany the film, with HBO executives saying the project could well include a second installment. No airdate has been set.

Zeitgeist Films said that it acquired all U.S. rights except television to the Chinese documentary "Up the Yangtze," which chronicles director Yung Chang's journey back to the place alongside the river where his grandfather lived as the Yangtze is about to be flooded by the Chinese government.

The film, which premieres Friday in Park City, is slated for an April release.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

 
<p>A festival worker takes a break under the marquee promoting the 2008 Sundance Film Festival at the Egyptian Theater on Main Street in Park City, Utah January 16, 2008. Several small acquisitions kicked off the Sundance Film Festival on Thursday. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>