CATEGORIES Documentary, Independent, Music & Musicals, Deals, Sundance, Distribution, Cinematical Indie, Movie News, Sundance Film Festival, CinematicalThe wheeling and dealing machinery in Park City is slowly cranking up. indieWIRE says that Fortissimo Films has acquired worldwide sales rights to CSNY Deja Vu, the closing night presentation of the Sundance Film Festival.
The more astute among you (i.e., the "old folks") may recognize immediately that "CSNY" is not, in fact, the acronym for a crime-solving police unit -- it's the name of 60s supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. In his program note, Sundance honcho Geoff Gilmore touches on preconceptions someone who grew up with the group might have about the film, which documents CSNY's Freedom of Speech Tour. He feels, though, that the "real value [of the film] lies in its rejection of simple nostalgia and its ability to focus on the present day."
Of course, festival program notes always highlight the positive, so we'll have to wait for the reviews to hear how everybody else reacts. As the closing night presentation, it's at a disadvantage since many visitors will have already left by that time. Bernard Shakey is credited as the director, though that's actually a name that Neil Young has used for his film projects as far back as 1974. Young's most recent stint in the director's chair was the oddball experiment Greendale, so it should be interesting to see what he's cooked up.
We'll let you know when we hear any word about a US distribution deal, though it seems the theatrical market would be a tough nut to crack unless the film's "call for activism," as Gilmore put it, is incredibly compelling.