Tribeca Crowns Jon Favreau’s ‘Chef’ And Jazz Docu ‘Keep On Keepin’ On’ Top Films

UPDATE, 6:15 PM: Hours after it was bought by RADiUS-TWC, the documentary Keep On Keepin’ On was chosen to receive the Documentary Award and the Jon Favreau-directed Chef won the Narrative Award. Both audience awards are sponsored by Heineken. Open Road begins the release rollout of Chef on May 9.

EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, 2:32 pm PST: RADiUS-TWC has closed a deal for worldwide rights and remake rights for Keep On Keepin’ On, the documentary about a blind piano prodigy and his mentorship by a jazz legend whose pupils included Miles Davis and Quincy Jones. The film, which is produced by Jones and Paula DuPré Pesman (who won an Oscar for The Cove), made its premiere at Tribeca, where it won the Best New Documentary Director prize for helmer Al Hicks.

The dealmaking at Tribeca is not usually memorable, but several films at the fest have bites and other sales might follow this. This was a hot property; Netflix, Sony Pictures Classics, Magnolia and Samuel Goldwyn all sparked to the documentary after its premiere. I’m told the deal was low-seven figures.

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