Deals already done for Canada, airlines.
Submarine Entertainment and HanWay Films are collaborating on Robert B Weide’s Woody Allen: A Documentary.
HanWay is introducing the project to international buyers here at the AFM.
Submarine has already sold US DVD/digital rights to New Video, Canadian rights to Films We Like, and airline rights to Jaguar distribution. PBS’ American Masters will air the film in the US in two parts on Nov 20 and 21.
The deals were negotiated by Submarine’s David Koh, Josh Braun and Dan Braun on behalf of the producers and director along with HanWay’s Fabien Westerhoff and Thorsten Schumacher; Emily Rothschild, Acquisitions Manager for New Video; Ron Mann, President of Films We Like; and Mona Kwan, Director of Acquisitions & Publicity & Jeff Klein, President for Jaguar Distribution Corp.
The film is a production of Whyaduck, Rat Entertainment, Mike’s Movies and Insurgent Media in association with American Masters.
Weide (Curb Your Enthusiasm) wrote, produced, directed and co-edited (with Karoliina Tuovinen).
Executive producers are Michael Peyser, Brett Ratner, Fisher Stevens, Andrew Karsch & Erik Gordon and Susan Lacy for American Masters.
Weide had unprecedented access to Allen. The film explores Allen’s life from his childhood and early career to the release of recent hit Midnight In Paris.
The doc includes clips from his films as well as interviews with the likes of Diane Keaton, Martin Landau, Sean Penn, Dianne Wiest, Vilmos Zsigmond, and Martin Scorsese.
Weide said, “Woody Allen was always the big ‘get’ for me. The prolific nature of Woody’s output has provided me with an embarassment of riches. In fact, Woody will have made three features just in the time it’s taken me to make this one documentary.”
HanWay’s Westerhoff added, “Robert Weide’s film is an incredibly timely and entertaining portrait of Woody Allen’s prolific career, culminating with the current success of Midnight in Paris worldwide. Audiences will enjoy revisiting Woody’s defining sense of humor and Weltanschauung, looking back at over 40 years of independent filmmaking.”