Vancouver-based Pacific Northwest Pictures has acquired the Canadian rights to Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s The Stanford Prison Experiment.

The American film will screen at the Atlantic Film Festival and Cinefest Sudbury before it has its theatrical bow in Canada at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Sept. 25 before heading to other theatres across Canada.

The Stanford Prison Experiment is based on a 1971 social experiment conducted by Stanford professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo in which 18 male undergraduates were assigned the role of prisoner or guards. The film bowed at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and took home the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting awards.

The Stanford Prison Experiment was produced by Abandon Features, Coup d’Etat Films’ Brent Emery and Sandbar Pictures’ Lizzie Friedman and Greg Little. Brian Geraghty executive produced the film, with Abandon Features, Sandbar Pictures and Vineyard Point Productions financing the project.

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