Magnolia Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to Danny Says, a new documentary directed by Brendan Toller chronicling the iconic life and times of the influential punk and rock figure Danny Fields who worked for the Doors, Cream, Lou Reed, Nico, Judy Collins and later managed the likes of the Stooges, the MC5 and the Ramones (the docu title is from a Ramones song). A theatrical bow this year is planned.
The film features candid commentary from Fields as well as Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, Collins, Tommy Ramone, Jac Holzman, Lenny Kaye, Wayne Kramer, John Cameron Mitchell and Jann Wenner. They tell the wild story of a man whose taste and opinion, once deemed defiant and radical, turned out to have been prescient.
Pamela Lubell produced, and the film was financed by New York Foundation for the Arts and Artspire.
The deal was negotiated by Magnolia’s Dori Begley and John Von Thaden, with Dan Braun of Submarine Entertainment on behalf of the filmmakers. Magnolia International is selling the film at Berlin’s European Film Market next month.