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Einstein brain-theft doc among three to be repped by Espresso Media Int’l

UK-based doc and factual distribution firm Espresso Media International has picked up global distribution rights to a trio of Canadian documentaries, including a film about a pathologist who stole Albert Einstein’s brain while performing an autopsy.

Albert Einstein

The docs will have their world premieres at this year’s Hot Docs festival in Toronto and were all commissioned by Canada’s Documentary Channel, a pay TV channel owned by pubcaster CBC, the National Film Board of Canada and several other entities.

The Man Who Stole Einstein’s Brain (1×78’/1×52’) is produced by Frequent Flyer Films, directed by Michelle Shephard and produced by Bryn Hughes and Carolyn Abraham. The doc examines an attempt by one pathologist to uncover the secret of Einstein’s brilliance by covertly stealing his brain in 1955.

Cynara, also produced by Toronto-based Frequent Flyer, is a crime doc that examines the story of a mother trying to clear her name after being accused of murdering her daughter in 2011. Sherien Barsoum directs, with Hughes and Shephard producing.

Brighton-based Espresso Media International will also represent worldwide rights for Coven (1×88’/1×55’), which follows three millennial women who explore what it means to identify as a witch in today’s world. The doc is directed by Rama Rau and produced by Ed Barreveld of Storyline Entertainment.

This year’s Hot Docs Festival runs from April 27 to May 7.


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