HBO Acquires Sundance ISIS-Themed Documentary ‘Jim: The James Foley Story’

HBO Documentary Films has acquired U.S. TV rights to Jim: The James Foley Story, about the life, death and legacy of journalist James Foley, who was murdered by ISIS in 2014. The film will have its world premiere in the U.S. Documentary Competition of the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, and will debut Saturday, February 6 on HBO.

On Thanksgiving Day 2012, American photojournalist James “Jim” Foley was kidnapped in Syria and went missing for two years before the infamous video of his public execution sent shockwaves and introduced much of the world to ISIS. Jim: The James Foley story, by close childhood friend Brian Oakes, tells the story of his life through intimate interviews with his family, friends and fellow journalists – while fellow hostages reveal never-before-heard details of his captivity. Oakes directs the film, which is produced by Eva Lipman, George Kunhardt and Teddy Kunhardt and executive produced by Peter Kunhardt of Kunhardt Films.

The deal was negotiated with HBO by Cinetic Media on behalf of Kunhardt Films, The docu marks he tenth collaboration between HBO and Kunhardt Films, following documentaries such as Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words, Teddy: In His Own Words and Gloria: In Her Own Words.

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