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A&E INDIEFILMS INVESTS IN SUNDANCE ENTRY “CORMAN’S WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL”

Film has its World Premiere Friday as part of the Park City at Midnight Section of the Sundance Film Festival

New York, NY (January 17, 2011) – Television rights to the upcoming Sundance premiere: CORMAN’S WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL have been picked up ahead of its Sundance premiere by A&E INDIEFILMS as part of an investment in the project.  The film marks the directorial debut of Alex Stapleton and chronicles the incredible career and massive Hollywood influence of legendary director and producer, Roger Corman. Corman will be in Park City for the world premiere of the film this Friday, January 21. The film also features bold-faced “Cormanites” such as Jack Nicholson, Ron Howard, Jonathan Demme, Martin Scorsese, and many others. The film was produced and financed by Far Hills Pictures’ Stone Douglass and Taylor Materne.  Stapleton, Izabela Frank, Mickey Barold, and Jeff Frey also served as producers on the project.

The deal for CORMAN’S WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL was negotiated by Molly Thompson, Vice President of A&E IndieFilms, with WME Global on behalf of Far Hills Pictures. Of the deal, Bob DeBitetto, President and General Manager of A&E Network and BIO Channel says, “Corman’s World is the preeminent retrospective of the life and career of one of Hollywood’s most prolific and influential filmmakers and we are pleased to partner with Stone Douglass and Taylor Materne to bring Alex Stapleton’s film to audiences around the world.” WME GLOBAL represents the film’s remaining available rights.

CORMAN’S WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL marks the third major film coming out of Douglass and Materne’s Far Hills Pictures.  Company, which formed in August 2009, also produced the Magnolia Pictures release BARRY MUNDAY, and Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed doc  A LETTER TO ELIA.  Of the acquisition Douglass says, “A&E IndieFilms and Molly Thompson have an amazing history of distributing the highest quality documentaries.  They are the ideal partner for a film that celebrates the birth of independent filmmaking and its godfather, Roger.”  Far Hills is repped by WME Global.

CORMAN’S WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL tracks the triumphant rise of the true “godfather” of independent filmmaking, Roger Corman. The single most prolific writer-director-producer, Corman financed hundreds of profitable low-budget films and helped launch the careers of Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, James Cameron, and many more. With archival footage of American culture and countercultures from the 1950’s to present day, and dynamic interviews with alumni of Corman’s cutthroat school of filmmaking, Corman’s World takes us back to the days when Corman was King. The film also shows the rise of the recent Corman renaissance featuring Indiewood’s new school of filmmakers – including Quentin Tarantino, Paul W.S. Anderson and Eli Roth. And of course it follows Roger himself as he successfully continues to produce and distribute films outside the studio system the Corman way: fast, cheap and out-of-this-world!

Pic was executive produced by Jared Moshe, Rich Lim, Joshua Ray Levin, Polly Platt and Antonio Von Hildebrand. Executive producers for A&E IndieFIlms are Bob DeBitetto, Robert Sharenow, and Molly Thompson.

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About A&E IndieFilms

A&E IndieFilms is the feature documentary production arm of A&E Network.  A&E IndieFilms is committed to developing the work of outstanding independent filmmakers and helping them reach the broadest possible audiences.  A&E IndieFilms commissions, acquires and provides finishing funds for feature documentaries intended for co-branded theatrical release.  Films include the 2006 and 2007 Academy Award nominees for best Documentary Feature, MURDERBALL and JESUS CAMP; Nanette Burstein’s AMERICAN TEEN, which received the Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival; Amir Bar-Lev’s MY KID COULD PAINT THAT; R.J. Cutler’s THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE; Amir Bar-Lev’s 2011 PGA Award nominee THE TILLMAN STORY and Alex Gibney’s 2011 PGA Award and DGA Award nominee CLIENT 9: THE RISE AND FALL OF ELLIOT SPITZER.

About Far Hills Pictures

Stone Douglass and Taylor Materne created Far Hills Pictures in August ‘09 as an independent financing, development and production entity.  Stone Douglass formerly ran STICK N STONE Productions where he financed and sold the independent feature, SPIN, which Universal released in the spring of 2010.  Far Hills Pictures’ first feature, BARRY MUNDAY was released by Magnolia Pictures in October of 2010. The film (based on the novel, LIFE IS A STRANGE PLACE by Frank Turner Hollon), stars Patrick Wilson, Chloe Sevigny, Judy Greer, Jean Smart, Malcolm McDowell, Billy Dee Williams, Colin Hanks and Cybil Shepherd.  Stone and Taylor also executive produced and co-financed A LETTER TO ELIA, which was co-written, directed and produced by Martin Scorsese. It aired on PBS ‘AMERICAN MASTERS’ in October 2010.

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“Yes, yes, yes. Now I am also the producer on Jean-Luc’s films, so I need to raise the money. Yes, there are two projects in preparation with the pretext of virtual reality. We are beginning with two approaches: we can either do or undo VR. Maybe we will undo it more than we do VR, because thinking about VR leads to the opposite of VR. Is there concrete imagination in virtual reality? For me, cinema is concrete imagination because it’s made with the real and uses it. VR, virtual reality, is totally the opposite of that, but it might be interesting to use this and then to destroy it. No, we’ll see, we’ll see. First, it’s just an idea of a beginning. There is a forest to cross, and we are just at the beginning of the forest. The first step is development. As they say in business, first there is development and research. We have to develop somehow an idea for the film; I won’t say a script, but to see what we can do with this system, and what we can undo with this system.”
~ Fabrice Aragno On Godard’s Next Projects

“Why put it in a box? This is the number one problem I have—by the way it’s a fair question, I’m not saying that—with this kind of festival situation is that there’s always this temptation to classify the movie immediately and if you look at it—and I’ve tried to warn my fellow jurors of this—directors and movie critics are the worst people to judge movies! Directors are always thinking, “I could do that.” Critics are always saying, “This part of the movie is like the 1947 version and this part…” And it’s like, “Fuck! Just watch the movie and try and absorb it and not compare it to some other fucking movie and put it in a box!” So I think the answer’s both and maybe neither, I don’t know. That’s for you to see and criticize me for or not.”
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