New York, NY (September 1, 2011) – Sundance Selects announced today that the company is acquiring North American rights to acclaimed documentarian Werner Herzog’s upcoming film, INTO THE ABYSS. The documentary, produced by Erik Nelson (CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS) and executive produced by Dave Harding, Amy Briamonte, Henry Schleiff, Sara Kozak, Andre Singer, and Lucki Stipetic, explores a triple homicide case in Conroe, Texas, probing the psyches of those involved, including the 28-year old death row inmate who was executed just 8 days after appearing on-screen. Herzog’s inquiries unveil layers of humanity against an American Gothic landscape. As he’s so often done before, Herzog makes an enlightening trip out of ominous territory.
Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said: “Earlier this year, Werner Herzog took us to unseen Chauvet Cave in CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS which became one of our company’s most successful releases and the year’s highest grossing documentary. Now he has gone a step further and shown us the human soul in one of his most remarkable films INTO THE ABYSS. This is a hard-hitting, emotional and enlightening film that probes a crime and the legacy of the people involved and shows Herzog to be one of our great filmmakers. We are thrilled he has entrusted us with this film and are happy to be in business with him, our friends at Creative Differences and Investigation Discovery.”
Producer Erik Nelson describes an ongoing collaboration with Herzog, “Although I have done three other films with Werner, I am always surprised at what he comes back with. In this case, I feel like I’m getting a privileged look at his creative machinery at work. For me, hearing Werner’s off-screen interactions with these haunted people is like eavesdropping on Truman Capote as Capote researched IN COLD BLOOD. Even I’m impressed, and I was lucky enough to watch Werner put together GRIZZLY MAN! Werner and I are delighted to be working with IFC again, and the opportunity to build on their success with CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS.”
The deal for INTO THE ABYSS was negotiated by Sehring and Betsy Rodgers, Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Nelson and Briamonte at Creative Differences with counsel from Marc Simon at Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP.