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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