EXCLUSIVE: Markees Christmas, the 16-year-old star of this year’s Sundance Film Festival award winner Morris From America, has signed with Paradigm in a competitive situation. A24 acquired rights to the pic for seven figures during the festival, sparking to the story about a 13-year-old hip-hop-loving American boy who moves to Germany with his father, played by Craig Robinson.
The movie won two awards after it premiered at Sundance: a Special Jury Award for Robinson and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for writer-director Chad Hartigan.
This is the second young up-and-comer Paradigm pounced on from Sundance. It also recently signed The Fits‘ 10-year-old star Royalty Hightower after that pic had its world premiere in Park City.