The Orchard and HBO have partnered on a rights deal for The Music Of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma And The Silk Road Ensemble, the documentary from Oscar winner Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom) that is world premiering Sunday at the Toronto Film Festival. The Orchard has acquired all worldwide rights of the Tremolo Production with the exception of U.S. domestic television rights, which HBO has acquired from Participant Media and The Silk Road Project. A spring 2016 theatrical release is in the works with the TV debut to follow.
The pic follows the international musical collective created by cellist Yo-Yo Ma — a group of diverse instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers — as they explore the power of music to preserve tradition, shape cultural evolution and inspire hope. (Check out an exclusive Deadline clip from the movie here.)
Neville and Caitrin Rogers of Tremolo Productions produced in association with Participant Media and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Pershing Square Foundation and the Ford Foundation JustFilms. Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann, HBO’s Sheila Nevins, Motto Pictures’ Julie Goldman andThe Silk Road Project’s Laura Freid executive produced Cristin Canterbury Bagnall is co-executive producer.
The deal was made by Danielle DiGiacomo for The Orchard, Gabe Brakin for Participant Media and Josh Braun of Submarine, who also negotiated the deal with HBO.