IFC Films, January 14, 2015


NEW YORK, NY (January 14, 2015) – Sundance Selects announced today that the company is acquiring North American rights to All3Media America’s THE SEVEN FIVE. The film was directed by Tiller Russell and produced by Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman and Sheldon Yellen.

The documentary centers around Michael Dowd, a police officer working in the 75th Precinct in crime-ridden East New York. Frustrated by the hardships of the job and his small compensation, Dowd began stealing money from drug dealers and eventually recruited his partner into an expanding criminal ring, leading to their arrest in 1992. Weaving together Dowd’s revelatory testimony from the investigation, dramatic surveillance footage and interviews with the key players, THE SEVEN FIVE thrillingly tells the true story of widespread corruption in the NYPD.

“Tiller Russell has crafted a gripping and timely documentary, expertly recounting a tale about the abuse of power,” says Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films.

The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, SVP of Acquisitions from Sundance Selects/IFC Films with ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers. Sony Pictures recently acquired the rights to turn the documentary into a full-length narrative feature which Holzman is producing on behalf of All3Media America.

Sundance Selects is a sister label to IFC Films and IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.

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Established in 2009 and based in New York City, Sundance Selects is a leading U.S. distributor of prestige films focusing on American independents, documentaries and world cinema. Previous releases include the Dardenne Brothers’ TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT; David France’s Oscar nominated documentary HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE; Wim Wenders’ Oscar-nominated documentary PINA; Werner Herzog’s CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS; Adam Leon’s GIMME THE LOOT; Abdellatif Kechiche’s award-winning BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR, starring Adèle Exarchopoulos; Richard Rowley’s Oscar nominated DIRTY WARS; and John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s FINDING VIVIAN MAIER. Sundance Selects is a sister label to IFC Films and IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.

About All3Media America

All3Media America is the Los Angeles-based production studio for All3Media, a global production and distribution group of companies headquartered in the UK. Established in December 2012, All3Media America develops and produces a wide range of original scripted and non-scripted programming specifically for the US market as well as serving as the domestic production base for the group’s international formats and the group companies’ US development.   All3Media America companies include Bentley, Company Pictures, ID-TV, Lime, Maverick, MME, North One, Objective, South Pacific Pictures, Studio Lambert and Zoo Productions.  The company currently has series in production or development with a large number of broadcast and cable networks, including the Emmy award-winning Undercover Boss for CBS.  All3Media America’s formats and finished programs are distributed internationally by All3Media International. All3Media is owned jointly between Discovery Communications and Liberty Global.


Michael Kupferberg
Strategy PR/Consulting