Sundance Film Festival Deals: PARIAH

Focus Features has acquired the worldwide rights to PARIAH, Dee Rees’ coming-of-age film about a lesbian teenager in Brooklyn struggling to find her identity and a sense of belonging, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. (The film was executive produced by Spike Lee.) The deal, reportedly under $1 million, closed early Friday morning. Focus, owned by NBC Universal, liked the movie so much, according to the Hollywood Reporter, it also hired Rees to write another, undetermined feature-length film.

“Dee Rees has made a debut film that celebrates with astonishing artistry the journey of a young woman who simply never gives up on the power of love,” Focus Features CEO James Schamus said. “We’re thrilled to join her on this next step of a remarkable journey.”

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