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Sundance Acquires TV Rights To ‘Crazy Love’

Sundance Channel Tuesday announced it garnered the television rights to Crazy Love, an award-winning documentary directed and produced by acclaimed filmmaker Dan Klores.

Winner of the 2008 Film Independent Spirit Award for “Best Documentary,” Crazy Love will make its television premiere in January as part of Sundance Channel’s programming schedule leading up to the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

“I have a special feeling about the people at Sundance Channel and we are delighted with our arrangement,” Klores said in a statement. “Sundance Channel President and CEO Larry Aidem has been a constant source of support and encouragement.”

Crazy Love chronicles the antagonistic and turbulent relationship between Burt and Linda Pugach, a couple whose love affair rocked headlines in 1959 when Burt, a 32-year-old married New York City attorney, was charged with orchestrating a jealousy-fueled attack on Linda, his mistress and 12 years his junior, leaving her blind.

While Burt served 14 years in prison, he continued to express his affection and begged her to see him upon his release in 1974. In a twist that takes hopeless-romantic to a whole new level, Linda agreed to meet him, married him, and they’ve been together ever since.

The deal for Crazy Love was negotiated by Christian Vesper, Sundance Channel Senior Vice President Acquisitions, Program Planning and Scheduling, and Klores on behalf of Shoot the Moon Productions. Crazy Love was produced and co-directed by Fisher Stevens, and edited and co-produced by David Zieff.