EXCLUSIVE: Though the 2012 Sundance Film Festival is starting to fade from memory, buyers and sellers continue to make unhurried deals for the films that premiered there. Image Entertainment has just acquired U.S. rights to Christopher Neil’s coming-of-age stoner film Goats for what I’m hearing was near $1 million. The film premiered January 24 at the Eccles Theater and buyers sparked to the performances by David Duchovny, Vera Farmiga, Ty Burrell and Graham Phillips. Christopher Neil directed and Mark Jude Poirier wrote the script.

The film is based on the Mark Jude Poirier novel, in which a guy leaves his unconventional desert home to attend the disciplined and structured Gates Academy. There, he re-connects with his estranged father and for the first time questions the family dynamics. The film was produced by Red Crown Productions’ Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Shannon Lail and Eric Kopeloff.  Executive Producers include Peter Touche, whose Sandia Media partially financed the film, Richard Arlook of The Arlook Group, and Daniel Crown and Riva Marker of Red Crown. WME Global’s Mark Ankner and John Sloss of Cinetic Media. Image’s Bill Bromily and Mark Ward made the deal and will put the film out later this year.