Ruth Bader Ginsburg Documentary ‘RBG’ Sold to Magnolia, Participant in Worldwide Deal


Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media have acquired “RBG,” a documentary about pioneering Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in a worldwide deal.

“RBG” is a look at the historic career and widely unknown personal narrative of Ginsburg, the second woman ever confirmed to the bench. It features interviews with “former clients and colleagues, her close friend and NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, and historic figures whose paths she has crossed, “including the son of her close friend and Supreme Court colleague Antonin Scalia,” an announcement said.

The film was directed Betsy West and Julie Cohen and produced by CNN Films, which will keep U.S. broadcast rights for the project. Theatrical and all other platforms will go to the indie distributor and David Linde’s socially-conscious media company.

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Next year should be a big one for 84-year-old Ginsburg. Participant is also co-producing a feature film about her life with Focus Features, starring Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer.

Cinetic Media made the deal on behalf of CNN. Dori Begley, John von Thaden and Sarah Hack negotiated for Magnolia, with Gabriel Brakin repping Participant. “RBG” is executive produced by Entelis and Courtney Sexton, vice president of CNN Films. The film’s editor is Carla Gutierrez.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ava DuVernay, Taika Waititi Heading to 2018 Sundance Film Festival


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ava DuVernay, Issa Rae, Catherine Hardwicke and Taika Waititi are heading to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to discuss their work and the power of media, it was announced Thursday.

DuVernay, Patrick Gaspard, Rae, Megan Smith and Christine Vachon will speak on a panel titled “Power of Story: Culture Shift” to talk about their work as well as the role of creative choices in our ever-shifting culture. The conversation will be led by Washington Post journalist Sarah Ellison on Jan. 19.

Hardwicke, Waititi and Justin Lin will talk about the advantages and challenges of moving from independent filmmaking to big-budget studio films with moderator John Horn on Jan. 26, on a panel titled “Power of Story: Indies Go Hollywood.”

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Other noteworthy conversations at the festival include talks between and Kevin Smith; Danny Elfman and Gus Van Sant; Justice Ginsberg and Nina Totenberg; Ira Glass and Miranda July; and Ethan Hawke and Rupert Everett.

Octavia Spencer, Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Darren Aronofsky and Steven Soderbergh will also take part in conversations at the festival.

A Celebration of Music and Film will present an evening with Joan Jett who will take the stage with The Blackhearts on Jan. 20, in celebration of the premiere of the documentary “Bad Reputation.” Other live music at the festival will include performances by Michael Franti, Brett Dennen, Mr. Hudson, Ruelle, Ethan Gruska and Striking Matches.

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The Sundance Film Festival will take place from Jan. 18-28 in Park City, Utah.

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