IFC is finally releasing Canadian filmmaker Barry Avrich’s Unauthorized documentary about Harvey Weinstein on October 7th. There’d be more hoopla about it, but the pic quietly premiered in February 2011 up in Canada so Hollywood already knows what’s in it and what’s not. (Emphasis on what’s not.) IFC is releasing it exclusively on its new global web platform Sundance Now, which offers transactional streaming access to movies as part of an overall program of releasing new films directly to consumers via the Web. I suspect this is the plan to bury the pic. So what will you see for $12.99? Apparently, nothing that you or I or anyone who works in or around the biz doesn’t already know about Harv. But I imagine outsiders will be fascinated and horrified. Still, talking about Harvey is nothing compared with seeing Harvey in the flesh, so just listening to talking heads like Mark Gill, John Irving, James Ivory, Martin Scorsese, Mark Tusk, Mark Urman and the late George Hickenlooper doesn’t do him justice. To that end, Entourage‘s Maury Chaykin gave a tyrannical sampling. IFC Films, at the time it acquired worldwide rights excluding Canada, described Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Story as a “powerful, uncensored, no-holds-barred account” tracing Weinstein from his early days as a theater operator and concert promoter in upstate New York to the present day as the head of an embattled indie studio. Weinstein apparently tried to persuade Avrich not to move forward and at one point told him that Quentin Tarantino was already doing a similar project. Avrich is known for making The Last Mogul documentary about Lew Wasserman and seems smitten with his latest subject, whom he’s called in public “The Last Bully.”
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