Netflix adds Chasing Coral and Fun Mom Dinner to Sundance shopping basket
James R | On 23, Jan 2017
Netflix’s supermarket sweep at this year’s Sundance Film Festival isn’t over yet, as the streaming giant adds two more indies to its shopping basket.
Over the weekend, the site snapped up the worldwide rights to Chasing Coral, a film about the efforts to document the dangers facing the world’s coral reefs. If the title rings a bell, that’s because it’s the follow-up to Chasing Ice, the documentary by Jeff Orlowski – and that movie went on to earn an Oscar nomination the year following its release, making it an instant hot property.
The site’s other deal was in conjunction with Momentum. The pair effectively buddied up to purchase of Fun Mom Dinner, with the latter taking the theatrical distribution rights for the Julie Rudd-scripted movie in the US. Netflix, meanwhile, has the multi-territory SVOD rights, not unlike its arrangement for the rights to Sundance flicks Under the Shadow and Berlin Syndrome.
In total, Voltage has bagged around $5 million in sales, notes Deadline, including other international deals made before the festival. The movie, which marks the directorial debut of Alethea Jones, stars Toni Collette, Bridget Everett, Molly Shannon and Katie Aselton. They play four women, whose kids all go to the same pre-school, leading them to become friends and meet up for a “fun mom dinner”. But the night takes an unexpected turn, when they realise they have more than motherhood in common
The film, which is produced by Naomi Scott, Andrew Duncan and Alex Saks, is exec-produced by Paul Rudd and Scott. Adam Scott and Adam Levine round out the cast.