RADiUS-TWC has acquired “Fed Up,” a documentary about childhood obesity that recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, company said Saturday. Stephanie Soechtig followed a group of obese children for more than two years, depicting their efforts to lose weight and examining how the food industry and government hinder those efforts.
The film had one of the biggest profiles at Sundance given some of Soechtig’s advocates — executive producer and narrator Katie Couric, executive producer Laurie David (“An Inconvenient Truth”) and executive producer Regina Scully (“The Invisible War”).
RADiUS acquired a pair of documentaries at the festival last year, “20 Feet From Stardom” and “Cutie and the Boxer,” both of which went on to earn Oscar nominations for Best Documentary. RADiUS chiefs Jason Janego and Tom Quinn are hoping “Fed Up” will not only earn awards but enter the national conversation the way “Blackfish,” a documentary about the domestication of orcas, did this year.
“After seeing Stephanie’s brilliant, eye opening film, we immediately recognized the unprecedented opportunity to affect change in terms of how we eat,” Quinn and Janego said in a statement. “We look forward to collaborating with this exceptional team and can’t get started soon enough.”
They negotiated the deal with Cinetic Media, which represented the filmmakers.