FilmRise has nabbed worldwide distribution rights to Sundance Film Festival documentary The Bad Kids from directors Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe. The docu will receive a theatrical run in September and make its television debut on the upcoming season of the PBS series Independent Lens. Set at Black Rock Continuation High School — in the impoverished Mojave Desert Community — the film follows Principal Viland, who is determined to realize the potential of her students. Employing an unconventional approach, she coaches at-risk students through the traumas and obstacles that rob them of their spirit and threaten their goal of a high school diploma. The deal was negotiated by Fisher and FilmRise’s VP Acquisitions Max Einhorn with Zac Bright and Abby Davis of Preferred Content.
XLrator Media has acquired North American distribution rights to the AAU basketball docu At All Costs, which will be released this fall under its PACE multicultural label. Written and helmed by Mike Nicoll, the film follows two of America’s top high school basketball prospects, Parker Jackson Cartwright and Gabe York, as they play their final summers in the AAU basketball league and prepare for the college level, as well as Etop Udo-Ema as he attempts to coach his Compton Magic to another championship. At All Costs is produced by Nicoll, Ian Ward, and Nick Henry of New MAN Media. The deal was handled by Barry Gordon and Robert Patla of XLrator Media with Nicoll on behalf of the filmmakers.