EXCLUSIVE: Here’s the first glimpse at Jesse Moss’ feature documentary The Bandit, a firsthand look at Burt Reynolds, his best friend/roommate and one of Hollywood’s most famous stuntmen Hal Needham, and the making of their iconic 1977 movie Smokey & The Bandit. The docu has its world premiere Saturday at SXSW in the Special Events sidebar; Reynolds is set to intro the film for its noon screening at the Paramount Theater. It features new interviews with Reynolds, rare archive material and interviews with the late Needham in a story about loyalty, friendship and creative risk.
Moss produces with Amanda McBaine for Mile End Films. Jayson Dinsmore, Lewis Bogach and John Miller-Monzon executive produce for CMT, which will bow the original docu in August.
Check out the clip above, and below is the poster just off the presses: