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Documentaries are often tagged with an unfair “rep’. Lots of people think of them as ultra somber, serious cinema exercises (many dread them as “homework”). So, why is this flick being released right in the middle of Summer, the time for mindless, fluffy entertainment? Well, that’s because it is entertaining, just as funny as many comedies. The shocker is that it’s also as gripping as any number of thrillers, filled with cloak and dagger operations with true threats and deception. Audiences will be surprised almost as much as the film makers were. You see, this is another example of the smaller doc subset, namely the project that begins with one goal or focus, then changes during its production. 2012’s The Queen Of Versailles started as a light-hearted look at the excesses of the rich before making an abrupt turn to economic disaster and family drama. Just a few »
- Jim Batts
David Lynch will also appear in the film, which adds to the list of projects he and Stanton have worked on together, including “Wild at Heart” and “The Straight Story.” Stanton is also expected to appear in Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” reboot.
“Lucky” follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist — played by Stanton — and the quirky characters that inhabit his off-the-map desert town. He finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration.
Producers are Logan Sparks, »
- Dave McNary
Twelve-year-old international sales agent and U.K. distributor Dogwoof is expanding production investment with the launch of TDog Productions, Variety has learned exclusively.
Dogwoof, which primarily handles prestige documentaries, made the announcement Thursday following the opening of the 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival. It’s selling the documentaries “LoveTrue,” executive produced by Shia Labeouf, and “Burden” at the festival.
“This a natural evolution for us to grow the company and move toward making our own content,” said CEO Anna Godas, who’s managing the fund. “Talent has been approaching us to start packaging films so we began exploring this last year.”
Dogwoof has handled international sales and U.K. theatrical distribution on “Blackfish,” “Cartel Land,” “Dior and I,” and “Weiner” and the UK theatrical distribution for “The Look of Silence,” “The Act of Killing,” “The Queen of Versailles,” and “Heart of a Dog.”
The fund is 50% owned by Dogwoof and 50% owned by a private investor. »
- Dave McNary
Read More: 14 Films We Cannot Wait to See at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Tom Hurwitz is one of the most honored cinematographers working in nonfiction today, having won two Emmys, a Best Cinematography Award at Sundance ("The Queen of Versailles") and having photographed films that have won four Academy Awards. On "Nothing Left on Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper," he works with newly minted Oscar nominee Liz Garbus ("What Happenned, Miss Simone?") to capture the expansive life of Gloria Vanderbilt, a member of one of America's most storied families and the mother of CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. What camera did you use? We shot with the Canon C-300 and, for 90% of the film, my large set of Canon Ef lenses, zooms and primes. Occasionally we used other primes, like Cineprimes, or Ultra Primes.Why was this the right camera kit for the job? Our work on this film went from complicated two-person interview setups, »
- Chris O'Falt
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