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Alex Gibney
« on: May 01, 2013, 06:08:17 PM »
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Alex Gibney To Direct 4-Hour Documentary On Frank Sinatra For HBO
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It is no overstatement to describe documentary-maker Alex Gibney as one of the pre-eminent filmmakers in America, a blotless 30-year career has seen him accumulate a back catalogue striking not only for the consistently outstanding quality of his work, but also for the boldness and incisiveness of his subject matter. Highlights include “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” “Taxi to the Dark Side” (which won him an Oscar) and “Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson,” and we await his upcoming “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” and his forthcoming documentary on legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, “Finding Fela!” Thus, it is with no little excitement that we greet the announcement of his next subject, one Frank Sinatra.
The newly formed Alcon Television Group, the television division of Alcon Entertainment, and Frank Sinatra Enterprises are collaborating to produce an as yet untitled documentary about the life and music of Frank Sinatra, to premiere on HBO with Gibney directing. Alcon President Sharon Hall said: “Alex’s vision for this unique documentary is an exciting one, taking viewers into the singular and extraordinary world created by one of the greatest entertainers the world has ever known.”

The prospect is certainly an intriguing one; Sinatra is a huge figure, a colossus of American entertainment, but Gibney has never been shy about being critical when here has to, so we wouldn’t expect a fawning syrup-fest. The participation of Frank Sinatra Enterprises is another major factor. Clearly, Alcon has bought into the idea of Gibney as a filmmaker, and you would hope that FSE do the same and just let him get on with it, rather than insisting on some sanitized and sterile version of the great man. Their participation will likely prove a major boon, as FSE own the rights to every Sinatra home-movie, audio recording and scrap of footage ever recorded, an archive widely considered to be one of the all-time great treasure troves of popular culture.

With four hours of prime HBO mini-series to play with, Alcon has promised an “up close and personal examination of Sinatra, his life, his music and the legendary career” and “Never before seen footage, including industry and home movies, as well as private and professional performances.” No word on exactly when it’ll happen yet, but Gibney is renowned as a speedy worker so it probably won’t be too long. With a sharp-as-tacks director, full participation of the Sinatra estate, HBO imprimatur and a clearly into-it Alcon President, this one could very well turn out to be an absolute belter. Can’t. Wait.

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Alex Gibney’s ‘Finding Fela’ Docu Acquired By Kino Lorber
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Kino Lorber has landed all north North American rights to Alex Gibney’s Finding Fela, the prolific documentary-maker’s latest film, which had its world premiere at Sundance. The theatrical rollout will begin August 1 at NY’s IFC Center, adding Washington DC the next week and Boston and Atlanta the week after that. In addition, Kino Lorber will book Finding Fela in more than 75 additional markets where Fela!, The Musical, attracted big crowds; it will also screen at Tennessee’s Bonnaroo music fest June 13, where Fela’s son, musician Seun Kuti, will appear for a Q&A and performance.

Finding Fela tells the story of the life of the Nigerian music and political icon Fela Kuti, whose Afrobeat (a fusion of Jazz, traditional West African rhythms, Funk, Highlife, and psychedelic rock) creation brought audiences closer to his fight against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. He was twice a Presidential candidate in the ’80s, after  his socialist political views led to a government-sanctioned attack on his commune in 1977, which led to his arrest and the death of his  mother.

The docu also reveals the creative process behind the Broadway musical Fela!, a brilliant whirlwind of song, dance and agitprop directed and co-conceived by choreographer Bill. T. Jones, and includes never-before-seen footage from Fela’s major concerts and 1997 funeral.

“I’m very proud of Finding Fela and am delighted that the film will have a robust theatrical release in North America, so that audiences can experience the story and the power of this extraordinary performer and fighter for social justice,” Gibney said. “As Fela has said, in fighting for a better possibility, ‘music is the weapon.’ “

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Re: Alex Gibney
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2014, 02:42:32 AM »
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cannot wait. i still have all my fela vinyl.

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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2014, 10:07:59 PM »
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Finding Fela blu-ray on January 13, 2015

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HBO and Alex Gibney Are Making a Scientology Documentary
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Having already investigated Lance Armstrong, Enron, Eliot Spitzer, WikiLeaks, and the U.S. military, Alex Gibney is turning his attention to Scientology, the one subject that could get him sued more than he already has been. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gibney is currently working on an adaptation of Lawrence Wright's Going Clear for HBO; the director, whose process has been described as a documentary "factory," hopes to have the project done in time for Sundance in January. HBO says it has hired 160 lawyers in anticipation of a legal challenge, which means that Scientology, if it hopes to stop the film from airing, will have to get at least 161 lawyers.

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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2015, 03:59:55 PM »
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‘Going Clear’ Scientology Doc Goes To Vimeo On Demand In September
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Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief, the Alex Gibney documentary about Scientology’s roots and its role in Hollywood, has been acquired for exclusive first-window VOD distribution by Vimeo. The film will appear through Vimeo On Demand beginning in September, after HBO’s holdback period ends following the doc’s broadcast there.

The deal for download-to-own rights is the latest in a series of high-profile VOD initiatives from Vimeo, which long positioned itself as a high-end alternative to YouTube’s vast firehose of ad-supported online videos featuring surfing squirrels and self-absorbed vloggers. About 16,000 titles with more than 50,000 episodes have posted videos on Vimeo that can be rented or bought. Unlike YouTube, Vimeo has no on-site advertising.

Vimeo launched its on-demand paywall system about 18 months ago and recently has announced deals on that part of the platform with New Form Digital Studios (backed by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer among others) and Disney-owned Maker Studios for original-content video series. It also has been more aggressively promoting existing original-content shows such as High Maintenance.

Vimeo previously has sold a couple of features through the system, including Joss Whedon‘s In Your Eyes last year and more recently, Spike Lee‘s Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus, though neither project was conventionally created or distributed. With the latest announcement, however, Vimeo is signaling that it plans to be a regular player in the distribution of name-brand entertainment.

 “You’ll see much more activity from Vimeo in this area, I promise you,” said Sam Toles, Vimeo’s VP of content acquisitions and business development. “We are moving up the food chain. We are aggressively challenging traditional windows and trying to find a win for the creator. How does someone like Alex Gibney and his company maximize the opportunity” to reach wider audiences.

The film by Oscar winner Gibney debuted to tremendous acclaim at Sundance last month. It is based on the best-selling book of nearly the same name by Lawrence Wright. The Going Clear deal was concluded with Content Media Corporation.

Vimeo also has a distribution deal for Fresh Dressed, another hot documentary that debuted at Sundance, with CNN and Samuel Goldwyn Co. After that doc runs on CNN, it will be for sale on demand through Vimeo and available in a theatrical run, possibly simultaneously.

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« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2015, 02:01:26 PM »
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Alex Gibney's doc Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine to premiere at SXSW

Documentary investigating the life and legacy and critiquing the mythos of the late Apple founder Steve Jobs, told through interviews with those close to him at various stages of his life.

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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2015, 04:20:43 PM »
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Gibney is a machine, I love it. So excited for Going Clear. Not as excited about yet another Jobs story but I'd watch Gibney's take on the man over Sorkin/Sony.

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« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2015, 01:58:07 PM »
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Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All debuts on HBO on April 5th and 6th

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« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2015, 09:34:38 PM »
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Release Date - September 4, 2015

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« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2015, 04:25:09 AM »
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^ this is out, in theaters and VOD, and it's good

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« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2015, 05:18:38 PM »
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Blu-ray on March 15, 2016

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Laura Dern To Star In HBO Death Row Drama In Development From Alex Gibney
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HBO is developing a drama series project written and directed by Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney that has Laura Dern attached to star and executive produce.

The untitled drama centers on a court-appointed psychiatrist (Dern) who must determine from her twisted yet humanizing diagnostic exchanges with death row inmates if they are sane enough to be killed by the state. Gibney is executive producing with Dern, while Jayme Lemons (Enlightened) serves as co-executive producer. Robert Kealing, an investigative and criminal justice reporter, is a consultant.

This marks the narrative debut of Gibney, who has emerged as one of the leading documentarians of the past decade with such films as the Oscar-nominated Enron: the Smartest Guys in the Room, Oscar-winning Taxi to the Dark Side and most recently, Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine.

At HBO, he recently did the Emmy-winning Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief and Emmy-nominated Sinatra: All or Nothing at All. Gibney has tackled the topic of death row inmates in the CNN documentary series Death Row Stories.

“I am thrilled to be embarking on this dramatic journey with Laura and Jayme,” Gibney said. “It’s an opportunity to shine a light on a dark and brutal corner of our justice system with a series of illuminating conversations that explore the best and worst of what it means to be human.”

Dern has a long-standing relationship with HBO, earning Golden Globe awards and Emmy nominations for her roles in the network’s comedy series Enlightened and movie Recount. She next co-stars in HBO’s limited series Big Little Lies.

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Re: Alex Gibney
« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2016, 08:43:46 AM »
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Laura Dern To Star In HBO Death Row Drama In Development From Alex Gibney
via DeadlineThe untitled drama centers on a court-appointed psychiatrist (Dern) who must determine from her twisted yet humanizing diagnostic exchanges with death row inmates if they are sane enough to be killed by the state.

Jesus, that's an incredibly good concept. Gibney doing fiction + Laura Dern = anxiously anticipated by me.
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