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HBO Acquires All Domestic Rights To “Project Nim”

Written by: FFT Webmaster | January 20th, 2011

2011 Sundance Film Festival Opener
From Oscar®-Winning Filmmakers of MAN ON WIRE

New York, NY (Jan. 18, 2011) – HBO has acquired all U.S. rights, including theatrical, video and broadcast, to PROJECT NIM, the opening night film of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Documentary Competition, it was announced today by Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films.

From producer Simon Chinn and director James Marsh, the Oscar®-winning team behind MAN ON WIRE (Sundance ’08 Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award), comes the extraordinary story of Nim, the chimpanzee who in the 1970s became the focus of a landmark experiment that aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. Following Nim’s journey through human society, and the enduring impact he makes on the people he meets along the way, the film is an unflinching and unsentimental biography of an animal we tried to make human. What we learn about his true nature—and indeed our own—is comic, revealing and profoundly unsettling.

The deal was brokered by Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment and HBO Documentary Films. HBO will be actively seeking U.S. theatrical and DVD distribution at Sundance, and will be working with Submarine and Icon Entertainment International (IEI) on these negotiations.

HBO Documentary Films, BBC Films and the UK Film Council present a Red Box Films Production in association with Passion Pictures.

Sundance Screenings:

Thursday, Jan. 20, 9:30 pm – Egyptian Theatre
PRESS – Thursday, Jan. 20, 10:00 pm – Yarrow Hotel Theatre
Friday, Jan. 21, 6:00 pm –Sundance Resort
Saturday, Jan. 22, 6:30 pm – Peery’s Egyptian Theater, Ogden
Sunday, Jan. 23, 11:30 am – Prospector Square Theatre
Wednesday, Jan. 26, 9:00 am – Yarrow Hotel Theatre
Friday, Jan. 28, 3:30 pm – Holiday Village II

Attending: Director James Marsh (Jan. 19-27) and several of the film’s subjects

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