EXCLUSIVE: Fans of comedy and basketball will get two for the price of one later this year as newly-established ad-free streaming comedy channel Seeso has acquired worldwide rights to the documentary The Pistol Shrimps, directed by Brent Hodge and executive produced by Morgan Spurlock. The film will have its world premiere during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.
Focusing on the Los Angeles-based all female basketball team of the same name made up of actors, comedians and writers that includes the likes of Aubrey Plaza, Melissa Stetten and Maria Blassuci, the docu tracks the group’s 2015 season. On the court, the ragtag team of trash-talking, hard fouling, wisecracking women bring an edge to the game, while off-court, they navigate their careers as writers, musicians, actors, comedians, moms and wives.
“We are extremely excited to be partnering with Seeso,” said Hodge. “We set out to make a comedy-documentary, and we found the perfect avenue for our film. Seeso is truly creating a great place for comedy docs to live.”
The film reteams Hodge and Spurlock after their partnership on the 2014 documentary A Brony Tale, which chronicles the subculture of male My Little Pony Fans and also debuted at Tribeca. Spurlock executive produced the film along with Jeremy Chilnick for Warrior Poets, with Hodge producing along with Rachel Ricketts and John Diemer for Hodgee Films. The sale was negotiated by Morgan Spurlock for Warrior Poets/Hodgee Films and Evan Shapiro for Seeso.