Berlin Briefs: The Works International Reps ‘Elstree 1976’; Content Media Searches ‘Deep Web’; Sierra/Affinity Visits ‘Manchester-By-The-Sea’

The Works International will handle worldwide rights starting in Berlin on Elstree 1976, a documentary about the effect that Star Wars had on the lives of those involved in even the slightest of roles. Principal photography is complete, and following a Kickstarter campaign, the film is currently in postproduction. It will be ready for delivery in the fourth quarter, in advance of the release of J.J Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. In 1976, during the hottest summer on record, Star Wars was shot in suburban North London. Nobody involved had any idea how big the film would become; many couldn’t even remember the title. Yet for the extras and actors in smaller roles, their faces hidden in masks and helmets, this seemingly insignificant job would go on to color their lives even four decades later. Directed by Jon Spira and produced by Hank Starrs, Elstree 1976 features Star Wars actors and extras from Dave Prowse (Darth Vader) and Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) to Derek Lyons (Massassi Temple Guard) and Pam Rose (Leesub Sirlin). The Works will screen a promo in Berlin.

Content Media has boarded international sales on Alex Winter’s documentary Deep Web, which chronicles the October 2013 arrest of Ross William Ulbricht. The 30-year-old entrepreneur was alleged to be Dread Pirate Roberts – the founder of Silk Road, the notorious online black market best known for drug trafficking and the trade of all illegal goods and services. Content will screen first footage in Berlin. Deep Web is an Epix Original Documentary. Winter produced the film alongside Glen Zipper and Marc Schiller. Winter and Schiller previously worked together on the documentary Downloaded, about the rise and fall of Napster.

Sierra/Affinity will rep foreign sales at EFM for writer-director Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester-By-The-Sea. Casey Affleck stars as Lee, who is granted custody of his teenage nephew after his brother dies. As they both adjust to their new lives, Lee struggles with the many ghosts of his past, including his estranged ex-wife Randi (Michelle Williams), who makes her way in and out of his past and present. Matt Damon is producing via the Pearl Street Films banner along with Kimberly Steward, who has come on board to produce and finance the film via her new production banner K Period Media; Chris Moore via his CMP banner; and Kevin Walsh via the B Story production banner. K Period Media’s Lauren Beck and Josh Godfrey will executive produce. Production is set to begin in March in Massachusetts.

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