Imagine Dragons’ Mormon front man Dan Reynolds is taking on a new mission to explore how the church treats its LGBTQ members. With the rising suicide rate amongst teens in the state of Utah, his concern with the church’s policies sends him on an unexpected path for acceptance and change. The film was produced with Live Nation Productions and will have its World Premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The film will has been picked up by HBO and will air in the summer. Click here for more info.
BATMAN & BILL
Hulu Limelight Documentaries presents, Batman & Bill. For over 75 years, there was only one man officially credited as Batman's creator, Bob Kane. As time passed, there were rumors that perhaps the Caped Crusader had another father. Who was this man, and who could finally bring him out of the shadows, giving light to the credit he deserved? Batman & Bill tells the story of the uncredited co-creator of Batman, Bill Finger, and one fan who went on his own crusade to bring justice to the legend. The film is available on Hulu.
Jeff and Anne, two close friends and co-workers in a suburban high school, are embarrassingly unlucky at love. With nothing else to lose, they hatch a plan to transform themselves over the course of a sex-and-alcohol-fueled summer into the cool, confident people they aspire to be. At first an exhilarating adventure of self-discovery, Jeff and Anne's journey turns into a laugh-out-loud experiment as they lose their identities, their dignity, and quite possibly each other.
Co-directed by Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce (The Art of the Steal, Last Days Here) and cast by Emmy-winning casting director Allison Jones (The Office, 40-Year Old Virgin, Bridesmaids), Slow Learners stars Adam Pally (Happy Endings, The Mindy Project) and Sarah Burns (I Love You Man, Enlightened) as the clumsy late-bloomers. The talented cast includes Reid Scott, Catherine Reitman, Kevin Dunn, Kate Flannery, Charlie McDermott and SNL cast members Bobby Moynihan and Cecily Strong. Slow Learners is an alternately raunchy and sweet look at love and the crazy things people will do to find it.
The film was acquired at the 2015 Tribeca Film Fest by IFC Films/Sundance Selects. It is available on Netflix as well as iTunes and available for sale. Click here for more info.
KURT VONNEGUT: UNSTUCK IN TIME
Almost eight years after his death, Kurt Vonnegut remains one of the most popular literary figures of the 20th and 21st Centuries. Readers from one generation to the next, the world over, continue to find their lives transformed by his comic and cosmic insights, on display in such bestselling books as Cat’s Cradle, Slaughterhouse-Five, Breakfast of Champions, Mother Night, God Bless You Mr. Rosewater, and on and on. Amazingly, all of Vonnegut’s works remain in print, and his popularity shows no sign of waning. Yet to-date, there has been no definitive film documentary covering his extraordinary life and work.
In 1988, Robert Weide began filming with Vonnegut. In the course of his 20 plus years of filming, filmmaker and subject would become close friends. The upside to this was that Vonnegut would open up to Weide about his life and work in a personal way never before captured on camera. The downside was Weide’s concern that he might be jeopardizing the “journalistic integrity” of the film. Despite his uncertainty, Weide kept filming Vonnegut (and principal people in his life) until shortly before the author’s death in 2007.
After Vonnegut’s passing, Weide would still log time in the editing room, but with his friend now gone, and no concrete financing in place, the film lingered. Finally, it was Vonnegut scholar Jerome Klinkowitz (one of the interview subjects) who suggested full disclosure, citing that the evolving friendship between author and fan should be folded into the film — in the same way that Vonnegut often interacts with characters in his own fictional narratives. Filmmaker Don Argott was recruited to document the new “meta” angle, while Weide carried on with Vonnegut’s life story, as originally planned.