PARK CITY, Utah -- Compared to feature films, documentaries are selling like hotcakes at the Sundance Film Festival: On Sunday, Sundance Selects snapped up the North American rights to "Dirty Wars," a journalistic look at America's covert operations.
The movie premiered in the U.S. documentary competition section and was directed by Richard Rowley. The film follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill as he traces the rise of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), a secret and elite fighting force. The film's screenplay is by Scahill and David Riker.
Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, called the movie a “tough-minded, gripping film that plays out like a detective story."
"Dirty Wars" is the second doc acquired by Sundance Selects at the festival; the company also bought rights to Nick Ryan’s K2 movie "The Summit."