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Sphinx Productions to Produce?ALTMAN, a Feature-Length Documentary on American Film Director?Robert Altman

Thursday, May 17, 2012 9:44 AM

Sphinx Productions, EPIX, the multiplatform premium entertainment service, Astral's The Movie Network and Submarine Entertainment announced today they will partner on the production of ALTMAN, a feature length documentary about the life and art of American film director Robert Altman (1925 - 2006) to be directed & produced by filmmaker Ron Mann. The deals were negotiated by David Koh, Dan Braun & Josh Braun and Stanley Buchthal on behalf of Submarine Entertainment & Dakota Group Ltd. along with Ron Mann of Sphinx Productions. From M*A*S*H, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Nashville, The Player, Short Cuts, Gosford Park, to A Prairie Home Companion, Robert Altman's naturalistic and prophetic movies reinterpreted every conceivable genre to chronicle a post-war America in transition. Sphinx and EPIX have partnered on the production with Submarine Entertainment to handle Worldwide Sales.

Robert Altman’s extraordinary life — from growing up in Depression-era Kansas City to his receiving in 2006 an honorary Oscar “in recognition of a career that has repeatedly reinvented the art form and inspired filmmakers and audiences alike” — will be woven together from interviews with key actors, his collaborators and family members, along with archival footage of Altman himself and clips from his groundbreaking films.

ALTMAN will be produced and directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Ron Mann (GrassComic Book Confidential, Twist, Go Further). Consultants to the production include Kathryn Reed Altman, widow of Robert Altman and Matthew Seig, film producer who worked closely with Robert Altman.

"I am pleased and honoured to have acclaimed documentarian Ron Mann shepherd this long overdue project," said Kathryn Reed Altman. "Ron's prodigious, challenging, engaging, and one-of-a-kind films revealed him to be the perfect choice to examine and celebrate Bob's monumental life and art. I have no doubt Bob would be happy and may well be smiling right now."

Filmmaker Ron Mann stated, "Robert Altman reinvented not only what a movie might be, but how we might view ourselves.


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