September 17, 2008

Sundance Channel Secures International Rights to Isabella Rossellini’s GREEN PORNO

NEW YORK, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Sundance Channel today announced that it has secured the international rights for Isabella Rossellini's highly acclaimed GREEN PORNO short films. Beginning September 17, all eight episodes, about the sex life of insects and various creatures, will be available to viewers outside the United States by going to In addition, the network plans to syndicate two of the short films, Snail and Worm, on YouTube beginning the same day.

According to Christopher Barry, the cable network's Senior Vice President, Digital Media and Business Strategy, "We are delighted to be able to share these unique and irreverent shorts with an international audience. The films have become a viral hit in the United States and we are excited to launch the interactive quiz for GREEN PORNO fans."

As part of the initiative, will launch a new interactive quiz, "What Kind of GREEN PORNO Star Are You?," allowing fans of the series to uncover their inner bug and determine if their mating rituals match those of a bee, an earthworm, a snail, a mantis, a fly, a dragonfly, a firefly or a spider! In addition, users will also be able to embed their quiz results on their blogs and social networking profiles.

Fans will also be able to use the Eco-mmunity Map to find GREEN PORNO attractions and products, such as animal mating locations, insect zoos and habitats (

Visitors to the site can also access five embeddable GREEN PORNO "bumper stickers," perfect for embedding on blogs and social networking sites to spread the word.

Finally, will provide users with an updated photo gallery featuring new photos of behind-the-scenes production, including the making of Bee and Firefly episodes.

Isabella Rossellini's eight-part short film series about the sex life of insects and various creatures, "Green Porno," had its digital premiere in May 2008 via and on mobile devices and its television debut on Sundance Channel this past July. Some of the shorts were also screened at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and the 2008 Berlin international Film Festival. All eight premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival.

"Green Porno" was conceived, written by and features Rossellini. Firefly, Dragonfly and Spider are directed by Rossellini; Bee, Praying Mantis, Worm, Snail, and Fly are directed by Rossellini and Jody Shapiro (producer The Saddest Music in the World and My Dad is 100 Years Old). They are produced by Rossellini, Shapiro and Rick Gilbert in association with Sundance Channel.

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