After he was booted from Community, show creator Dan Harmon hit the road taking his Harmontown podcast to fans across the country as filmmaker Neil Berkeley (Beauty Is Embarrassing) documented the tour. The resulting film, Harmontown, world-premiered at SXSW and has now been acquired by MCN/distribution co. The Orchard, which is plotting a theatrical and digital release this fall in North America and the U.K.
Film features Harmon buddies and former collaborators Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Sarah Silverman, Jason Sudeikis and Joel McHale among other comics and Community stars. Harmon, who returned to Community for Season 5, is an exec producer on the Future You Pictures and Starburns Industries film. “Harmontown is a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a man that would quote himself saying that a movie about him is fascinating,” says Harmon. “It’s more than a documentary. It’s your chance to figure out what’s wrong with me while cutting me in on the profit.”
Harmontown also screened at Hot Docs and the LA Film Fest. Harmon records his live comedy podcast every week with co-host Jeff B. Davis and an audience of loyal fans, and will take the show on the road again to promote the film’s theatrical run. Community, meanwhile, beat the odds last month and won a sixth-season resurrection via Yahoo after NBC cancelled the show in May.
“Sometimes, getting fired results in amazing opportunities. In the case of Dan Harmon, it resulted in the engaging and hilarious pop culture-infused doc Harmontown,” says The Orchard’s SVP of Film & TV, Paul Davidson. “Here at The Orchard, where Harmon-fanaticism runs rampant, we’re proud to be bringing Dan’s rollicking roadshow to his fans everywhere.” UTA Independent Film Group negotiated the deal with Josh Braun of Submarine on behalf of Future You Pictures and Starburns Industries with Danielle DiGiacomo of The Orchard.