Sundance: Showtime Acquires Rights to Human Trafficking Doc ‘Dreamcatcher’

Kim Longinotto-directed film follows a former prostitute’s efforts to end the sexual exploitation of at-risk youth

Dreamcatcher, Showtime

Showtime acquired the rights to “Dreamcatcher” on Thursday, a documentary about a former prostitute’s efforts to curb human trafficking and to prevent the sexual exploitation of at-risk youth. The deal was announced before its Jan. 25 world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Directed by veteran documentarian Kim Longinotto (“Salma,” “Rough Aunties,” “Divorce Iranian Style,”) “Dreamcatcher” focuses on Brenda Myers-Powell, a former Chicago prostitute who helps women and teenage girls break the cycle of sexual abuse and exploitation.

Myers-Powell eventually establishes The Dreamcatcher Foundation, which aims to help women and girls acquire the tools they need to leave the sex industry.

“Dreamcatcher” is a Rise Films, Vixen Films and Green Acres production in association with Impact Partners and Artemis Rising Foundation. The documentary is directed and shot by Kim Longinotto and produced by Lisa Stevens and three-time Emmy winner Teddy Leifer (“The Interrupters”). Executive Producers are Dan Cogan, Geralyn White Dreyfous and Regina K. Scully. Associate Producers are John Stack and Wilfred Spears.

The film screens on Sunday, Jan. 25 as part of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Documentary section. But Showtime has not yet set a premiere date for “Dreamcatcher” on its network.