Andy Kaufman Documentary in production – Film news in brief
Morgan Neville’s Tremolo Productions is officially in production on an untitled Andy Kaufman documentary alongside Josh and Benny Safdie’s Elara Pictures. Emmy-nominated Alex Braverman will direct the feature film.
“No matter how many times I look at Andy Kaufman’s work, I feel like I’m seeing a magic trick for the very first time,” Braverman said. “I’m thrilled that our project honors that. It’s the movie I’ve wanted to make all my life.
The Safdie brothers will produce the project alongside Rick Rubin and Braverman’s father, Chuck Braverman, who produced Kaufman’s 1980 TV special “Andy Kaufman Plays Carnegie Hall.” Wavelength founder and CEO Jennifer Westphal will also serve as executive producer.
Wavelength and Tremolo previously worked together on Mr. Roger’s 2018 documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” directed by Neville. This documentary also marks the second time that Neville and Rubin have worked on a project together, the first being the Showtime documentary series “Shangri-La.”
The project’s production team has signed an exclusive agreement to bring Kaufman’s main creative partners, Bob Zmuda and Lynne Margulies Osgood, on the project. The production also secured exclusive rights to essential Kaufman films and early works, as well as never-before-seen footage and audio recordings.
Netflix announces 20 new titles in Polish coming in 2022
This year, Netflix will release 20 Polish movies and TV shows in the United States.
The news was announced today on a Netflix blog post Anna Nagler, who leads Netflix productions in the Central and Eastern European regions, and Łukasz Kłuskiewicz, who is in charge of content acquisitions for the region. Release dates for the titles have yet to be announced.
Highlights of the announced titles include “Detective Forst,” which is based on the novels by popular Polish author Remigiusz Mroz. The series will star Borys Szyc, under the direction of Daniel Jaroszek. Other adaptations include the “Feedback” series and the “Tonight You Are Sleeping With Me” movie, which are based on novels by Jakub Żulczyk and Anna Szczypczyńska. Other high-profile Polish originals include films such as ‘Hellhole’ and shows such as ‘The Green Glove Gang’ and ‘A Girl and an Astronaut’.
Check out the full list of announced Polish Netflix titles below:
“Delivery before Christmas”
“Mr. Car & The Templars”
“Night at the Kindergarten”
“Tonight you sleep with me”
“A Girl and an Astronaut”
“The Green Glove Gang”
AFI Receives $350,000 NEH Grant
The American Film Institute (AFI) has received a $350,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support an initiative to study thousands of short films released in the silent and early sound era. The project is titled “Behind the Veil” after a lost 1914 film directed by Lois Weber. It is led by the AFI Catalog AFI Research Team and aims to document the cultural impact of women and people of color in the creation, distribution and reception of early cinema. The research initiative aims to chronicle the groundbreaking work of female pioneers and BIPOC who worked primarily on short films in early American cinema. Notable names include Alice Guy Blaché, the world’s first female director who directed hundreds of short films; William D. Foster, the first black American filmmaker who worked only in short film; and actors such as Sessue Hayakawa, Tsuru Aoki, Myrtle Gonzalez, Red Wing, and many others who got their start in shorts.
Sony partners with USC to provide new resources and equipment
Sony Electronics has announced a new partnership with the University of Southern California to support the university’s prestigious film school.
As part of this new agreement, Sony has donated $2 million to the USC School of Cinematic Arts and will provide new state-of-the-art equipment to the school. These include the Sony Cinema line of cameras, including the VENICE 2, FX9 and FX6 models, and the Alpha line of mirrorless cameras. In addition, the school will open a new Sony Virtual Production Studio, featuring Sony Crystal LED B display screens. The studio will be built this summer and classes will be offered there to students starting this fall.
“Sony’s products are cutting-edge technologies that spark ideas, inspire creativity, and inform the future of film education,” said Elizabeth M. Daley, dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, in a statement. . “Our students are the future creative leaders of our industry, and this partnership will help give them the tools they need to fully realize their educational goals and creative ideas. We are delighted to partner with Sony to jointly invest in the talent of our students and support the innovative cinematic creations of the future.