dnoBREAKING: In the first deal on the ground here at Sundance, Lionsgate and CNN Films have acquired North American rights to the documentary Dinosaur 13. The film will be released theatrically with a North American broadcast premiere on CNN/U.S. Dinosaur 13 is directed and produced by Todd Miller. The picture premiered last night.

Sundance2014_badge__140109214059__140116020608On August 12, 1990, in the badlands of South Dakota, paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from the Black Hills Institute unearthed the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever found. It was the find of a lifetime — the world’s greatest dinosaur discovery. They named their dinosaur Sue. Two years later, when the FBI and National Guard showed up, battle lines were drawn over Sue’s ownership. The U.S. government, world-class museums, Native American tribal nations, and competing paleontologists became the Goliath to Larson’s David as he and his team fought to keep their dinosaur and wrestled with intimidation tactics that threatened their freedom. Dinosaur 13 chronicles the fierce battle to possess a 65-million-year-old treasure.

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