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HBO Picks Up ‘Share’ at the Sundance Film Festival

HBO was quick to grab the festival favorite

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HBO went shopping at the Sundance Film Festival this year, picking up “Share” from writer and director Pippa Bianco. HBO quickly grabbed the film after the world premiere on Friday, and subscribers can look forward to seeing the film on HBO over the next few months. “Share” was part of the Sundance Film Festival’s US Dramatic Competition, and the story has already won awards.

“Share” picks up after a sixteen-year-old named Mandy discovers a disturbing video from a night she doesn’t remember. The audience follows Mandy as she tries to figure out what happened and how to navigate the escalating fallout.

The film is based on Pippa Bianco’s acclaimed short film of the same name, which won prizes at the Cannes Film Festival and the SXSW Film Festival back in 2015. Pippa Bianco wrote the screenplay for the film, and this project serves as her feature filmmaking debut.

The new deal continues A24 and HBO collaboration. Other 2019 projects include “2 Dope Queens,” the upcoming drama series “Euphoria,” and the upcoming HBO Film “Native Son.”

The film was produced by Carly Hugo, Tyler Byrne, and Matt Parker and stars Rhianne Barreto as Mandy; Charlie Plummer as Dylan; Poorna Jagannathan as Kerri; J.C. MacKenzie as Mickey; Nicholas Galitzine as A.J.; Lovie Simone as Jenna; and Danny Mastrogiorgio as Tony.

Confirmation of the acquisition came just a few hours after Amazon picked up Mindy Kaling’s comedy “Late Night.” Amazon paid $13M for the film, which was written by Mindy Kaling and directed by Nisha Ganatra. “Late Night” also stars Emma Thompson, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Amy Ryan, and John Lithgow.

Unlike the Oscars, which nominated zero female directors this year, the Sundance Film Festival is slowly gaining ground and spotlighting more women in the industry. This year the festival reported that a little over one-third of the feature-length submissions had at least one woman director. In episodic and shorts, that number jumped from 31% to 35% but still shows just how far the industry needs to come. The numbers do get better when you look at the accepted feature films and episodic content that made it into Sundance. This year, 41% of the accepted features had a woman director, and 52% of the shorts had a female director. That shows with a little foresight; every festival can easily bridge the gap and level the playing field.