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A highlight of the Tribeca Film Festival, Ferne Pearlstein's stunning The Last Laugh has Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, Robert Clary, Rob Reiner, Harry Shearer, Jeffrey Ross, Alan Zweibel, Gilbert Gottfried, Judy Gold, Larry Charles, David Steinberg, Susie Essman, Lisa Lampanelli and Hanala Sagal reflect on questions of free speech, taboos and time limits. Holocaust survivor Renee Firestone is the film's responsive centre.
Jerry Lewis's The Day The Clown Cried, James Moll's The Last Days and Paul Provenza's The Aristocrats open up the discussion and Brooks's comment on Roberto Benigni's Life Is Beautiful leads me to Son Of Saul star Géza Röhrig's response to Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds in my conversation with Ferne and her co-writer/co-producer Robert Edwards.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Paul Solet, who helmed the 2009 Sundance hit “Grace,” has come on board to write and direct the documentary “Tread” which chronicles the destruction of a small Colorado town by a man driving a fortified bulldozer.
“This movie will explore those polarized interpretations and let you to draw your own conclusions about who Marvin Heemeyer was and what drove him to do what he did,” Solet said.
The doc will use both cinematic recreations with archival footage from the event and audio tapes of Heemeyer himself recorded in the months leading up to the event.
Solet most recently directed the thriller “Dark Summer.” He is repped by Pye, Paradigm, and Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams Llp.
In addition to producing the Academy Award-winning documentary “Undefeated,” Zipper produced the non-fiction horror film “The Nightmare” for director Rodney Ascher, the Grammy-winning “Foo Fighters: Back and Forth” for James Moll and “Deep Web” for director Alex Winter.
- Justin Kroll
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