Juno Films has acquired all U.S. rights for Cielo, the night-sky feature documentary directed and produced by Canadian filmmaker Alison McAlpine through Second Sight Pictures.
“Cielo,” co-produced with Paola Castillo of Errante Producciones, premiered at the New York Film Festival. “Cielo” will be shown at other film festivals, leading to a summer theatrical release. The documentary explores the beauty of the night sky, as experienced in the Atacama Desert in Chile — regarded as one of the best places on the planet to study the sky.
“‘Cielo’ caught my eye and then my breath,” Juno Films founder Elizabeth Sheldon said. “It is a cinematic mediation on the stars for anyone who has gazed at the night sky and contemplated the heavens.”
Sheldon negotiated the U.S. deal with Toronto-based Sean Farnel of SeaFar North representing the producing team.
"With a cast largely unknown beyond Portuguese-speaking audiences, Azevedo relies on universal themes of survival, dignity and honor to convey a powerful narrative of hope and regeneration. The train journey represents not only an attempt at achieving a better life for many of the passengers, but metaphorically it’s also a psychologically transformative experience."
Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter
"Award-winning chef Albert Adria is the subject of Laura Collado and Jim Loomis’ fascinating haute cuisine documentary."
PBS acquires the broadcast rights from Juno Films and Wider Film Projects in association with WNET New York Public Media
New York, NY –December 6, 2017. Juno Films, Inc. has acquired all North American rights to the Wider Brothers film, God Knows Where I Am. The critically acclaimed documentary directed by Jedd and Todd Wider will air in 2018 on PBS. WNET New York Public Media is acquiring national broadcast rights from Juno Films and Wider Film Projects, and the film will be seen on PBS stations nationwide next year with a wide digital release confirmed by Juno Films as well.
The film features narration by actress Lori Singer hailed as "astonishing,” and cinematography by Gerardo Puglia called a "triumph of visual narrative.” The film premiered theatrically in the Spring of 2017 and played in multiple markets around the world, as well as numerous film festivals, winning awards in many of them.
The film is the story of Linda Bishop, a mentally ill homeless woman, who was found in an abandoned New Hampshire farmhouse together with a diary that documented a journey of starvation and the loss of sanity. A prisoner of her own mind, she survived on apples and rain water, for nearly four months waiting for God to save her during one of the coldest winters on record. The film has been embraced by the mental health community and screened at national meetings of the nation’s leading mental health organizations as well as at a special seminar for members of Congress.
The film is the directorial debut of Emmy and Peabody winning and Academy Award nominated Jedd Wider and Todd Wider, and has received wide critical praise. The Wider Brothers’ prior producing credits include Academy Award winner Taxi to the Dark Side, multiple Primetime Emmy winner Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, and Semper Fi: Always Faithful.
Elizabeth Sheldon, the founder and CEO of Juno Films, says “God Knows Where I Am is a cinematic masterpiece that exemplifies how documentary films can affect social change. The film tells Linda’s story of mental illness with compassion, humor and sensitivity.” Todd and Jedd Wider add, “We are very pleased to be working with Elizabeth and Juno Films. She is a tenacious champion of independent filmmaking.”
Documentary Short by Keith Wilson Chronicles the Life Cycle of a Christmas Tree
New York, NY – November 15, 2017 -- Juno Films has acquired world-wide rights to Keith Wilson’s documentary short The Tree, which premiers at DOC NYC on November 15th. The film charmingly chronicles the life cycle of a Christmas tree, from the annual ritual of being chopped down, decorated, undecorated, disposed of curbside, recycled at a city facility, to wood chips on a play ground.
The deal was negotiated between Elizabeth Sheldon, CEO & founder of Juno Films, and filmmaker Keith Wilson. “The Tree charmingly captures the life-cycle of an annual ritual that few of us think about once Christmas has passed,” says Elizabeth Sheldon. “By following the fate of the tree all of us are reminded that our casual consumption extends beyond the holidays and has a genuine environmental impact. Keith’s film charmingly captures this journey and I am confident that this will be an annual favorite for audiences across many channels.”
“I am beyond thrilled to have Juno Films distribute The Tree. Throughout production I had hoped to find a partner who understood the film’s potential to connect with, inspire and challenge audiences. Now that I’ve found that collaborator in Juno, I’m looking forward to seeing the film reach more people and platforms, year after year around the world.”
The Tree will be promoted to short film festivals, qualified for 2019 Oscar consideration and marketed to the North American educational market. It will also be offered to broadcasters and online platforms for licensing world wide. It is the second short film licensed by Juno Films for release to the international broadcast and digital markets with an emphasis on the educational market in North America. Juno Films is actively curating an international short film collection.
Juno Films has acquired North American rights to Constructing Albert, Laura Collado and Jim Loomis’s feature foodie documentary centered on Albert Adrià. He’s the brother of Ferran Adrià, of Spain’s famed el Bulli restaurant, and the doc follows his attempt to escape that shadow by trying to open one of the best restaurants in the world on his own. The docu bows at the San Sebastian Film Festival today, and heads to the Napa Valley Film Festival before a planned 2018 theatrical release. The deal was made by Juno Films’ Elizabeth Sheldon and Laura Collado of Trueday Films, who produced the pic in association with Televisió de Catalunya and Alexandra Film in Estonia.
Juno Films has acquired North American rights to the documentary “Michelin Stars — Tales From the Kitchen,” which is premiering at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
The fiilm chronicles the inner workings of the culinary world through the eyes of the chefs, the critics and their customers. It features Alain Ducasse, Daniel Humm, René Redzepi, Andoni Aduriz, Yoshihiro Narisawa, Victor Arquinzoniz, Guy Savoy and Matt Goulding.
Rasmus Dineson is the director and Jesper Becker is the producer. The deal was negotiated between Elizabeth Sheldon of Juno Films and Kim Christiansen of DR Sales.
“‘Michelin Stars’ is the rare behind-the- scenes look at how the creative process is judged by anonymous critics who can make or break a restaurant’s commercial success,” Sheldon said.
Juno Films and Rushlake Media have co-acquired world-wide rights to A Campaign of Their Own, a documentary directed by Lionel Rupp and produced by Michael David Mitchell. The documentary follows activist Jonathan Katz as he rallies around Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination and must question the nomination process once Sanders concedes the nomination to Hillary Clinton.
How far would you go to save your son's life? Award-winning directors Todd Wider and Jedd Wider follow four families whose sons suffer from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a fatal disease and the number one genetic killer of boys in the world, as they fight the FDA to gain access to a potentially lifesaving drug. The film won the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the Stony Brook Film Festival.