National Geographic Documentary Films Acquires Worldwide Rights to Sara Dosa Doc’s U.S. Day One Sundance Competition FIRE OF LOVE
The documentary narrated by Miranda July from Sandbox Films, Intuitive Pictures and Cottage M explores the life and passionate work of French volcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft through their striking and rare archival footage
WASHINGTON, January 23, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–National Geographic Documentary Films has acquired worldwide rights to the Sundance Film Festival documentary FIRE OF LOVE by director Sara Dosa (The seer and the invisible). Produced by Shane Boris and Ina Fichman and executive produced by Greg Boustead and Jessica Harrop, the film narrated by Miranda in July premiered to rave reviews this week as the day one selection of the US Documentary Competition.
National Geographic Documentary Films will be released FIRE OF LOVE in theaters later this year. The film tells the extraordinary love story of intrepid French scientists Katia and Maurice Krafft, who died as explosively as they lived – capturing the most spectacular images ever recorded of their greatest passion: volcanoes. After its premiere at Sundance, the film was hailed by Variety as “a spellbinding experience” and The Hollywood Reporter as “a beautifully shot, dreamily constructed portrait”.
“We are absolutely honored to begin our journey with National Geographic Documentary Films,” Dosa said. “They champion cinematic storytelling about the wonders and power of the natural world, so there really is no better fit for our ode to love and volcanoes. We’re thrilled to take this next step with them to bring the impressive history of the Kraffts to audiences around the world.”
“fire of love is an eruption of poetry, wonder and romance, a love letter to the natural world and to loving yourself,” said Carolyn Bernstein, EVP Scripted Content & Documentary Films. “We are honored to collaborate with the immensely talented Sara Dosa and her exceptionally talented team on this captivating and visually stunning film.”
Submarine brokered the deal with National Geographic Documentary Films.
The film is a Sandbox Films, Intuitive Pictures & Cottage M. FIRE OF LOVE features original music by Nicolas Godin, from Air, and is edited by Erin Casper and Jocelyne Chaput.
National Geographic Documentary Films has already released the Oscar, BAFTA and seven-time Emmy-winning film Free Solo and the Oscar-nominated film The cave. More recently, in 2021, they released Becoming Cousteau, Fauci, The First Wave, The Rescue and Torn. Other critically acclaimed films under the banner include Ron Howard’s rebuild paradise; Sundance People’s Choice Award Winners science fair and Sea of Shadows; Emmy Award Winners THE 92 and Joan, both included in the 15 best documentaries considered for an Oscar in 2017; and winner of the Dupont Prize Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of the Islamic State.
About National Geographic Documentary Films
National Geographic Documentary Films is committed to bringing the world documentary feature films that cover timely, provocative and globally relevant stories from the world’s best documentary filmmakers. National Geographic Documentary Films is a division of National Geographic Partners, a joint venture between Disney and the National Geographic Society. Deepening knowledge and understanding of our world has been National Geographic’s primary purpose for 133 years, and now we are committed to reaching further, to pushing the boundaries, to reaching further for our consumers…and to achieving million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month like we do. NGP donates 27% of our profits to the non-profit National Geographic Society to fund work in science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information, visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.
About Sandbox Movies
Sandbox Films is a mission-driven film company that specializes in creative, groundbreaking documentaries grounded in scientific ideas that inform society and culture. We collaborate with production partners and visionary filmmakers, providing co-production and funding opportunities for bold ideas brought by artists. Our films have premiered at top festivals around the world, including Sundance (winning the Special Jury Prize for Nonfiction Experimentation), SXSW, Telluride, TIFF and CPH:DOX; and our films have been acquired by Netflix, Apple Original Films, Neon, BBC and PBS, among others.
About Intuitive Images
Based in Montreal, Intuitive Pictures is dedicated to producing innovative and engaging creative documentaries, narrative feature films and interactive projects in collaboration with international partners and for global audiences. We work with some of the most inspiring creative talents around the world. Veteran producer/executive producer Ina Fichman leads the company. Over the years, our productions have premiered at top festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, SXSW, Venice, CPH:DOX, Hot Docs, TIFF, Locarno and many more. They were screened on platforms and networks around the world.
About Cottage M
Cottage M is an independent production house focused on developing films that push the boundaries of conventional forms in order to tell timeless stories. Founded by Oscar-nominated and Peabody Award-winning producer Shane Boris, Cottage M specializes in creative development, helping innovative and inspiring filmmakers find their voice and their audience. Cottage M Films has premiered at festivals like Sundance, Tribeca, and Locarno, screened at museums like MOMA, and been acquired by platforms like Netflix, HBO, and PBS. Boris was recently named by DOC NYC as one of the “40 under 40” working in documentary. He is also co-founder of Joon, a multidisciplinary incubator.
About Underwater Entertainment
Submarine Entertainment is a New York-based sales and production company that advises and strategizes on the sales, distribution and development of documentaries, feature films and non-fiction series. Submarine has participated in the sale of six of the last twelve Oscar-winning documentaries: American Factory, Citizenfour, 20 feet from Stardom, Man on Wire, The Cove and Searching for Sugar Man. Recent Submarine non-fiction series titles include Sons of Sam, The Devil Next Door, Evil Genius, The Keepers, Lenox Hill, Pick of the Litter, and Wild Wild Countrywhich won the Emmy for Outstanding Documentary Series in 2018.
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