Curtain Up!8 Jun, 2005 By: Holly J. Wagner
When Michael Moore is dormant – or at least in production on his next project – the documentaries in theatrical release can elude casual viewers, especially those in smaller markets.
The good news for those viewers is DVD, which lets the films reach audiences that otherwise might never see them.
Docurama has partnered with Shadow Distribution, the label behind the 2003 Oscar nominee The Weather Underground, to acquire and distribute The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill from filmmaker Judy Irving, and Touch the Sound, the festival hit from the director of Rivers and Tides, Thomas Riedelsheimer. From Magnolia Pictures, Docurama has also acquired Robert Stone's Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst (out Sept. 27), a standout at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
“Over the past several years, we have seen the documentary genre evolve into a really sexy new category,” said Docurama director of marketing Ellen Capon. “Documentaries are hotter than hot, and … we're always out there looking for the best doc product available.”
Also in theaters is Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, from Magnolia Pictures and 2929 Entertainment. The title debuted in limited theatrical release and on 2929 co-owner Mark Cuban's HDNet TV the same day; the producers are still looking for a DVD distributor, so no street date has yet been announced. Stay tuned!