By Sahil Patel
Apple has inked a deal with the filmmakers behind “Sepideh,” a documentary about an Iranian woman’s desire to become an astronaut, to exclusively distribute the film on iTunes. The film made its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, and is now immediately available for rental or purchase on iTunes in the US and Canada.
“Sepideh” is directed by Berit Madsen, produced by Radiator Film in partnership with Arte and ZDF, with Level K handling distribution. The film follows eponymous Sepideh Hooshyar, who with the help of entrepreneur Anousheh Ansari, hopes to go to space.
iTunes has been known to distribute feature films (mainstream and independent) before. In many cases, those deals have not been on an exclusive basis. Though there is an added relevance here with how digital platforms like Vimeo, YouTube, VHX, and Yekra are showing up in a bigger way at the festival circuit.