Slamdance Docu ‘Supergirl’ Sells To FilmRise
Even the Slamdance slate is getting preemptive deals. FilmRise acquired worldwide rights to Supergirl before its Slamdance debut tomorrow. The Jessie Auritt-directed pic explores the extraordinary life of Naomi Kutin, an Orthodox Jewish pre-teen, who at the age of nine broke world records in powerlifting and became an international phenomenon. The coming-of-age docu tracks the youth as she fights to hold on to her title, along with the distraction of adolescence… Read
Brendan Gleeson Goes Outlaw In ‘Trespass Against Us’; Madonna’s Dancers ‘Strike a Pose’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
Inauguration and demonstrations aside, the Specialty focus is of course on the Sundance Film Festival this weekend where distributors load up on titles for the year. At the box office, though, Specialty newcomers are rather thin heading into the weekend. A24's Trespass Against Us with Brendan Gleeson and Michael Fassbender headlines the list of openers, bowing stateside ahead of its U.K. roll-out in March. Sony Pictures Classics is opening Cannes '16 prize-winning… Read
Content Media Boards Sundance Doc ‘Cries From Syria’
Content Media has boarded international rights on Sundance doc Cries From Syria. The film, directed by Oscar and Emmy nominee Evgeny Afineevsky, is world premiering in Park City. Content will begin introducing the pic to buyers at the EFM in Berlin next month. HBO acquired the important doc last week and will premiere it on March 13 domestically.
An intense portrayal of the dire situation in Syria, the film serves as a record of the events that have transpired there… Read
‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ Gets Midsummer Release From Paramount
Paramount said today that it will release the long-gestating sequel to Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth wide on July 28. Directed this time by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, the Participant Media film will follow the former Vice President in his efforts to fight climate change. The release-date announcement for An Inconvenient Sequel is timed to film opening the Sundance Film Festival tonight.
Based on Gore’s PowerPoint presentation on global warming, the 2006 original became… Read
Abramorama Seals Film Fund Deal To Turn Up The Music
EXCLUSIVE: Abramorama, coming off the release of Ron Howard’s The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years documentary, has partnered with Sword Rowe Capital to establish a Filmed Content and P&A Fund. The fund, which we’re hearing will furnish more than $3 million over the next year-plus, will allow the indie distributor to target more music-driven films in addition to the other niche genres it specializes in.
The company plans to use the case to board projects at… Read
‘Casting JonBenet’: First Look At Sundance Docu About JonBenet Ramsey Murder Case
Ahead of its world premiere Sunday in the U.S. Documentary Competition at Sundance, we’re getting a first look at Casting JonBenet, which looks at the JonBenet Ramsey murder case.
Directed by Kitty Green, the documentary is a sly and stylized exploration of the sensational murder of the six-year-old beauty queen, which remains unsolved after two decades. Over 15 months, the filmmakers traveled to the Ramseys' Colorado hometown to elicit responses, reflections and even… Read
‘Tower’ Survivors Embrace Animation Approach, Director Keith Maitland Says – TCA
Keith Maitland says he had concerns when approaching survivors of the August 1966 mass shooting at the University of Texas about making his PBS documentary, Tower, as to how they would feel about being turned into “a cartoon.”
“When you make the decision to call somebody out of the blue and say you want to talk to them about the worst thing that has happened to you and I’m going to turn it into a cartoon … you’re bound to ruffle some feathers or turn people off,” he… Read
Ken Burns Positions ‘The Vietnam War’ Documentary In New Donald Trump Era – TCA
“Are you prepared for Donald Trump tweets saying this is fake news?” Ken Burns got asked right off the bat during the TCA Q&A to discuss his latest PBS documentary The Vietnam War.
The project having been 10 years in the making, did he think the docu would “land at this point in time when we are so divided,” asked a reporter who said he thought it was “very much at odds with the slogan Make America Great Again.”
While acknowledging documentary often is perceived as… Read
PBS To Document Scott Kelly After Historic Space Station Stay In ‘Beyond A Year In Space’ – TCA
PBS will broadcast Beyond a Year in Space, follow-up documentary to 2016's A Year In Space special in November of 2017. The two specials, adapted from Time's original digital video series about astronaut Scott Kelly's 12-month stay on the International Space Station (ISS), explore the human limitations for space travel and what a mission to Mars will require. Beyond a Year in Space picks up where the first film left off: Scott Kelly's last day in space and return to… Read
AMC Teaming With James Cameron On Docu-Series About The History Of Sci-Fi — TCA
During the network’s TCA presentation, AMC announced today the greenlighting of a documentary series-look into the history of science fiction, from one of the most influential figures of the genre. James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction sees the legendary filmmaker behind The Terminator, Aliens, and Avatar exploring the evolution of science fiction from its cult beginnings in pulp to the engine for blockbuster film and television success it is today.
Comprised of six… Read
HBO Announces Docu Slate: ‘Beware The Slenderman’, ‘Becoming Warren Buffett’
Beware the Slenderman, Becoming Warren Buffett and Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis are among a slate of documentaries announced by HBO for the first half of 2017. The line-up was released during HBO’s presentation of its programs at TCA today.
Here’s the slate and premiere airdates, with HBO’s descriptions of the films:
Beware the Slenderman, January 23. Irene Taylor Brodsky’s doc tells the true story of 12-year-olds Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, who lured their best… Read
Jim Parsons To Narrate Discovery’s ‘First In Human’ Medical Research Docuseries
Discovery Channel has greenlighted medical research docuseries First In Human: The Trials of Building 10 with The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons as narrator and executive producer. The three-part documentary series, produced by McGee Media, begins airing on Thursday, May 18 at 9 PM on Discovery.
Directed by Emmy winner John Hoffman (The Alzheimer’s Project) and executive produced by Hoffman and Emmy winner Dyllan McGee (Teddy In His Own Words), First in Human gives viewers… Read