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Sundance 2013: The deal report

Yes, the Sundance Film Festival is a temple to the glory of independent film and the purity of the art of cinema and blah blah blah. But it is also a vital marketplace for indie distributors to find the next blockbuster Little Miss Sunshine, or acclaimed Beasts of the Southern Wild, or wildly overpriced Happy, Texas. With the festival drawing to a close, Sundance 2013 has already proven to be one of the biggest deal-making festivals in recent memory, producing several major sales of movies that will either go on to become some of the buzziest films of the year, or, you know… not. We’ll update this space with additional deal reports throughout the week ahead. Here are the highlights so far: READ FULL STORY

HBO picks up 'Pussy Riot' doc from Sundance

HBO Documentary Films acquired the television right to Pussy Riot — A Punk Prayer on Sunday, two days after the documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Co-directors Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin chronicled the controversial imprisonment of three female members of the Russian punk musical group, who were arrested and charged with religious hatred after they performed a 40-second “punk prayer” inside Moscow’s biggest cathedral to protest the election of president Vladimir Putin in 2011.

Their conviction became a cause celebre for the international media, and the film incorporates unparalleled access and exclusive footage of the events and women behind the protest stunt. In a statement, Lerner and Pozdorovkin said they “are thrilled to be working with HBO on bringing this important story to the world.”

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