Hulu has acquired distribution rights to yet another Sundance debuted film. The streaming service purchased documentary, Jawline from director Liza Mandelup.

What’s happening:

  • Deadline is reporting that Hulu has purchased the distribution rights to the documentary Jawline from director Liza Mandelup.
  • The film recently made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize for Emerging Filmmaker.

About Jawline:

  • Austyn Tester is a handsome 16-year old from Tennessee who is rescued from the confines of his small hometown by the online-streaming world. There, he’s adored by thousands of young girls, all eager for his “likes,” his attention, or just to hear him say their names. For Austyn and many like him, a big enough fan base could mean a ticket out of rural America and into a new life of wealth and fame—quite the undertaking when you’re coming of age. Austyn is a rising star in the live-broadcast world, a post-millennial digital phenomenon that lets streamers engage with millions of people in a heady mix of fantasy, teenage desire, and (occasionally) genuine real-life positivity—all of this as they search for authenticity and connection. Austyn may be separated from his fans, but the emotions his viewers feel are just as real as anything we feel ‘IRL.’”
  • Jawline covers Austyn as he is discovered by a manager and sets off on a U.S. tour to build his following and make his dreams come true.
  • The film was produced by:
    • Bert Hamelinck
    • Sacha Ben Harroche
    • Hannah Reyer
  • Executive Producers include Michael Sagol and Jasper Thomlinson.