Adam Elliot’s award-winning stop-motion feature Mary and Max will debut on Sundance Channel’s video-on-demand service. This new service offers documentaries and international films endorsed by the Sundance festival.
Featuring the voices of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Toni Collette, Mary and Max revolves around a pen-pal friendship between a chubby and lonely eight-year-old girl in Melbourne, Australia, and an obese, 44-year-old Jewish man living with Asperger’s Syndrome in New York. Spanning 20 years and two continents, the unlikely friendship survives much more than the average diet of life’s ups and downs. Hoffman provides the voice of Max and Collette is Mary. The voice cast also includes Eric Bana and Barry Humphries (Dame Edna). The film has already won awards at Annecy and Stuttgart.
“At Sundance, increasing the size of the market for independent film has always been our mission, in addition to just giving exposure to new voices, so this allows us to electronically take that vision to a broader group,” said Sundance Festival founder and president Robert Redford.
The number of indie titles will increase as the service reaches more homes.