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Sundance Selects Votes for ‘Convention’

Distributor takes worldwide rights to A.J. Schnack’s documentary about 2008 Democratic National Convention

Sundance Selects has acquired worldwide rights to AJ Schnack’s "Convention," a documentary feature shot during the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Dencer.

2008 Democratic National ConventionThe documentary, Schnack’s third nonfiction film, takes a behind-the-scenes look at Denver’s efforts in hosting the convention at which Barack Obama was nominated for president. Through the intertwining stories of several protesters, reporters from the Denver Post, the mayor of Denver and his staff, the convention planners, protest groups and more, "Convention" delivers a complex, unique portrayal of this historic event.

The film had its world premiere last May at AFI Silverdocs as the Gala Centerpiece Screening.

The movie was filmed by veteran documentarians Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert (2007 Emmy winner "A Lion in the House," 2010 Oscar nominee "The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant"), Laura Poitras (2007 Oscar nominee "My Country, My Country"), Paul Taylor ("We Are Together"), Daniel Junge (2010 Oscar nominee "The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner), Wayne Robbins, Paul Taylor, Nathan Truesdell and David Wilson.

Schnack’s previous films are the Independent Spirit Award-nominated "Kurt Cobain About a Son" (2006) and "Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns)" (2002).

Schnack also runs the nonfiction film blog "All these wonderful things," which he launched in 2005.

"Convention" will be released nationwide on-demand beginning May 12. It also will play theatrically in select cities including New York (IFC Center, June 4) and Denver (Starz Film Center, June 11).