Sundance starts early as Roadside picks up 'The Music Never Stopped'
It appears the acquisitions market has turned around. Whether it's a buyer's or seller's market remains to be seen, however. Still, in a preemptive and surprise strike, Roadside Attractions has acquired 2011 Sundance Film Festival opening night drama "The Music Never Stopped."
Directed by Jim Kohlberg, "Music" is based on Oliver Sacks' novel "The Last Hippie" and tells the real-life story of a father (J.K. Simmons) trying to adjust to his son's (Lou Taylor Pucci) cerebral trauma and a longtime estranged relationship. Working with a music therapist (Julia Ormond) he uses songs '60s groups such as The Grateful Dead to connect with his son.
In a statement, Roadside Co-President Howard Cohen noted, " "We were really moved by such a soulful, true story of a father and son changing their lives through their love of music. And you can't beat The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash music in this film!"
"I am thrilled to be working with Roadside Attractions to distribute The Music Never Stopped because of their great record with independent films,” Kohlberg also said in a press release issued by Roadside. “I always connected deeply to the story and the redemptive qualities of the characters and the iconic music. It was an honor to work with our great and talented cast and crew, and for my first feature could not have imagined a better result and recognition of the film's quality."
Roadside had significant success releasing Sundance Film Festival dramatic jury winner "Winter's Bone" over the summer. The critically acclaimed film is now a potential best picture and best actress player for the 83rd Academy Awards. The company also got behind prestige players "I Love You Phillip Morris" and "Biutiful" Javier Bardem.
There is no national release date for "Music" at this time.
Look for continuing coverage of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on HitFix beginning Thurs. Jan. 20.
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