Just one day into the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, new streaming upstart Seeso has made waves by acquiring worldwide distribution rights to the documentary, The Pistol Shrimps, to become the platform’s first direct-to-Seeso movie.
The Pistol Shrimps has its world premiere today at Tribeca. The doc, directed by Brent Hodge (I Am Chris Farley) and executive produced by Morgan Spurlock, follows the 2015 season of the women’s basketball team of the same name that’s made up of comedians, actors and models in Los Angeles. Among the Pistol Shrimps team members: Aubrey Plaza, Stephanie Allyne, Angela Trimbur, Melissa Stern and Maria Blasucci. They play in a rec league on Tuesday nights.
“We are extremely excited to be partnering with Seeso,” Hodge said. “We set out to make a comedy-documentary, and we found the perfect avenue for our film. Seeso is truly creating a great place for comedy docs to live.”
“A documentary about an adult all-women’s recreational basketball team, named for an obscure crustacean, with players who are also comedians, musicians, models and attorneys, produced by Morgan Spurlock and directed by Brett Hodge? It’s a Slam Dunk,” said Evan Shapiro, Executive Vice President, Digital Enterprises, NBCUniversal.
The sale was negotiated by Morgan Spurlock for Warrior Poets/Hodgee Films and Evan Shapiro for Seeso.