FRAMING JOHN DELOREAN
Framing John DeLorean recounts the extraordinary life and legend of the controversial automaker, tracing his meteoric rise through the ranks of General Motors, his obsessive quest to build a sports car that would conquer the world, and his shocking fall from grace on charges of cocaine trafficking. Interweaving a treasure trove of archival footage with dramatic vignettes starring Alec Baldwin, Framing John DeLorean is a gripping look at a man who gambled everything in his pursuit of the American Dream.”
KURT VONNEGUT: UNSTUCK IN TIME
IFC Films is acquiring the North American rights to the documentary “Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time” with plans for a release in the summer of 2021. The deal was announced Wednesday to coincide with Vonnegut’s 98th birthday.
The film is produced by Whyaduck Productions and 9.14 Pictures. It covers the author’s upbringing through his childhood in Indianapolis, his experience as a Prisoner of War in World War II, his marriage and family, his early careers as a publicist for General Electric and a car salesman, and his years as a struggling writer before his popular 1969 anti-war novel “Slaughterhouse-Five.” “Unstuck in Time” is a reference to the protagonist of that book, Billy Pilgrim, arriving randomly at different moments of his life.
The film includes glimpses of Vonnegut over the years through the prism of his long-evolving friendship with Weide, who first discovered Vonnegut’s writing as a high school student, and wrote a letter to the author in 1982, asking for permission to make a documentary. Vonnegut agreed, and Weide began shooting footage of Vonnegut for the film in 1988. Vonnegut died in 2007.
Ronnie James Dio, the influential heavy metal singer who performed in Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell as well as fronting his own eponymous supergroup — will be the subject of a new documentary. Executive produced by BMG and Wendy Dio, the film is the first-ever career-spanning documentary on the artist. Dio died from stomach cancer in 2010 at the age of 67.
Authorized by the artist’s estate, the feature-length documentary is currently in production. Helmed by Don Argott and Demian Fenton, the film will include previously unseen archival footage and photos from the singer’s archives and will feature scenes with friends and family, who will provide insight into his life and career. According to a statement, the documentary is “set against the backdrop of Dio’s unfinished autobiography — half-finished by Ronnie before his untimely death from stomach cancer in 2010 — the film will chronicle the inspiring journey of his life, love, and storied career.”
“I am very excited to be working with BMG on Ronnie’s long-awaited documentary,” Wendy Dio, Ronnie’s manager who was also married to the singer, said in a statement. “Ronnie loved his fans and I hope they will enjoy this trip through Ronnie’s life.”