PARK CITY, Utah, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Roadside Attractions says it has acquired the U.S. theatrical rights to the rock 'n' roll-themed drama, "The Music Never Stopped."
Directed by Jim Kohlberg and starring J.K. Simmons, Lou Taylor Pucci, Cara Seymour and Julia Ormond, the film is to be the opening-night selection for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Utah later this month.
The screenplay was adapted by Gwyn Lurie and Gary Marks, and is based on the case-study essay "The Last Hippie" by Dr. Oliver Sacks.
The distributor said it plans a March theatrical release for the film, which is about how a father tries to relate to his estranged, brain-damaged son through music.
"We were really moved by such a soulful, true story of a father and son changing their lives through their love of music," Roadside Co-President Howard Cohen said in a statement Wednesday. "And you can't beat The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash music in this film!"
"I am thrilled to be working with Roadside Attractions to distribute 'The Music Never Stopped' because of their great record with independent films," added Kohlberg. "I always connected deeply to the story and the redemptive qualities of the characters and the iconic music. It was an honor to work with our great and talented cast and crew, and for my first feature could not have imagined a better result and recognition of the film's quality."