eOne, Kastner pair up for Secret Disco Revolution


eOne International has picked up world distribution rights for The Secret Disco Revolution, the forthcoming big-budget satirical documentary from Toronto-based director Jamie Kastner.

eOne has taken world rights excluding Canada for the film, which will have its festival premiere this spring before having a wider theatrical release.

Talking to realscreen from Berlin, where he is attending the 62nd Berlinale, Kastner said that eOne was the winner of a bidding war among four sales agents, although the sum paid for the doc was not disclosed.

The film promises to offer a satirical exploration of the titular musical genre. In July, it was reported that networks already onboard for the doc include Bravo! in Canada, Canal D in Quebec, Knowledge Network for British Columbia, and ZDF/ARTE for France and Germany.

At that time, Kastner described the film as “basically a comical investigation inspired by some politically correct revisionist historians who claim that disco was actually a misunderstood era of protest and liberation.”

In total, The Secret Disco Revolution had a budget of nearly CDN$1 million. Kastner’s previous films include Kike Like Me and Recessionize! For Fun and Profit!, the latter of which had its North American premiere at Hot Docs in Toronto last year.

In related news, Kastner’s uncle – John Kastner – will have a retrospective of his work shown at this year’s Hot Docs festival.

From Realscreen