Ethan Hawke’s Documentary ‘Seymour: An Introduction’ Bought by Sundance Selects

The distribution company made the announcement from the Telluride Film Festival

Ethan Hawke‘s documentary “Seymour: An Introduction” has been bought by Sundance Selects, which announced it has acquired U.S. and Latin American rights from the Telluride Film Festival

“Seymour: An Introduction” is the first non-fiction film directed by Hawke. It profiles legendary pianist Seymour Bernstein, who started playing the piano as a little boy and was teaching it to others by the time he turned 15. He enjoyed a long and illustrious career as a performer before he gave it up to devote himself to helping others develop their own gifts.

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The film was produced by Greg Loser & Heather Smith of Room 5 Films, and Ethan and Ryan Hawke of Under The Influence Productions.

“Seymour: An Introduction” will have its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival, followed by screenings at both the Toronto International Film Festival and New York Film Festival.

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“We have had the great fortune of working with Ethan throughout his career, going back to his directorial debut ‘Chelsea Walls,’ and most recently with Richard Linklater‘s ‘Boyhood.’ We are thrilled to continue our relationship with his absolutely charming first documentary feature,” said Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films.

“IFC Films has always been a champion of the kind of cinema I most admire. I am both proud and grateful to be associated with them. Everyone involved with making this documentary is thrilled. We love this film and are anxious to share it,” added Hawke.

The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, senior VP of acquisitions & productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with John Sloss of Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers.

Hawke is represented by CAA and the Schiff Company.