Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Love, Gilda, the documentary about comic icon and Saturday Night Live original Gilda Radner that is coming off its world premiere as the opening-night film of the Tribeca Film Festival. A 2018 theatrical release is in the works.
Director Lisa D’Apolito used rare personal recordings and journal entries to tell Radner’s story in her own voice. Interviewees includes Michael Radner and SNL alumni Chevy Chase, Lorne Michaels, Alan Zweibel, Laraine Newman and Martin Short. Radner’s writings are read by the likes of Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Cecily Strong and Bill Hader.
CNN Films, which collaborated with D’Apolito on the project, has North American broadcast rights to the film that documents her childhood, her trailblazing comedy career, her relationships and ultimately the cancer that killed her. Apolito, Bronwyn Berry and James Tumminia produced the pic, which was exec produced by Edie Baskin, Christopher Clements, Amy Entelis, Julie Goldman, Meryl Goldsmith, Carolyn Hepburn, Courtney Sexton, Alan Zweibel and Robin Zweibel.
The deal was negotiated by Magnolia’s John Von Thaden with Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers.