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Supreme Court Gay-Marriage Ruling to Get Documentary Treatment From HBO

9 July 2013 12:57 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Supreme Court's historic overturning of California's Proposition 8 will be the subject of an HBO Documentary Films project set to premiere next year. The documentary, from directors Ben Cotner of Open Road Films and Ryan White ("Pelada," "Good Ol' Freda"), is the result of exclusive access they gained to Ted Olson and David Boies, the legal team who argued the case before the Supreme Court. The directors also gained special access to the lives of the four plaintiffs. Also read: Supreme Court's Doma, Prop 8 Rulings Ignite the Twitterverse "The story of the battle to overturn »

- Tim Kenneally

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Magnolia Nabs Beatles Doc 'Good Ol’ Freda'

22 April 2013 10:41 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Good Ol’ Freda, a documentary about the Beatles’ lifelong secretary Freda Kelly. Directed by Ryan White (Pelada) and produced by Kathy McCabe, White and Jessica Lawson, the doc made its U.S. premiere last month at the SXSW Film Festival. Review: Good Ol' Freda Kelly was just a shy Liverpudlian teenager when she was asked to work for a local band hoping to make it big. As the Beatles' devoted secretary and friend, Freda was there as history unfolded, witnessing the evolution -- advances and setbacks, breakthroughs and challenges -- of the most popular band in

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Magnolia Acquires Beatles Secretary Doc 'Good Ol' Freda'

22 April 2013 10:40 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to the crowd-pleasing SXSW documentary "Good Ol' Freda," directed by Ryan White ("Pelada"). The film profiles Freda Kelly, The Beatles' lifelong secretary, who tells her story for the first time in 50 years over the course of the doc.Read More: Is Beatles' Secretary Story 'Good Ol' Freda' Really a Tell-All?"The dignity and devotion with which Freda has lived her life inspired me to make this film," said White. "I am so thrilled to partner with Magnolia and the amazing team there; they are the perfect company to get Freda's long untold story out to audiences on a wider scale."Magnolia plans to release the film theatrically later this year. »

- Nigel M Smith

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SXSW Interview: Ryan White, Kathy McCabe Discuss Making Beatles History with ‘Good ‘Ol Freda’

25 March 2013 5:00 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Good Ol’ Freda, an engrossing character study of Freda Kelly – the Beatles’ secretary, head of the fan club, and living time capsule of Beatlemania – is only Ryan White’s second feature documentary, but he’s already making a name for himself in the world of non-fiction. His first film, Pelada, premiered at SXSW in 2010, and he’s already hard at work on his third film, one that focuses on the lawsuit challenging California’s controversial Proposition 8 making its way to the Supreme Court. During SXSW, I sat down to talk with White and producer Kathy McCabe about the difficulties and surprises of documentary filmmaking, especially when it comes to the Beatles. With your first film, Pelada, you were documenting this as they were happening. But Good Ol’ Freda is a historical, retrospective-style documentary. How did you find making that transition to be? Ryan White: Yeah it’s very different. My »

- Landon Palmer

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