Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to CIRCUS OF BOOKS, Rachel Mason’s documentary about growing up alongside the iconic West Hollywood gay porn book store run by her parents.
Turning the camera on her parents and siblings, Mason explores the contradictions of growing up in an unconventional household where her mom could be found volunteering at her synagogue or re-stocking issues of Hand Job Magazine. Sex was never discussed at home, but it was films like A Rim with a View that helped put the kids through college. Circus Of Books chronicles the Masons and their uncommon journey: obscenity charges during the Reagan era, bearing witness to the AIDS epidemic, and facing financial struggles given their aging customer base. The film is produced by Mason, Kathryn Robson, Cynthia Childs, Adam Baran & Camilla Halland. Executive producers on the project include Passion Pictures’ John Battsek, Ryan Murphy, Josh Braun, Rhianon Jones and Gerald Herman.
The voting for the 2019 Webby Awards, the leading international award honoring excellence on the internet, is now open. Passion Planet’s 360 VR film MY AFRICA, created for Conservation International, has been nominated!
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Narrated by Academy Award-winner Lupita Nyong’o , My Africa transports viewers to Kenya, where a community is re-knitting the bonds that have long enabled people and wildlife to live together.
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Passion are thrilled to announce the world premiere of Richard Lowenstein’s MYSTIFY, which is set to honour the late Michael Hutchence, the globally acclaimed lead singer of INXS and CIRCUS OF BOOKS, Rachel Mason’s intimate and probing documentary into her parents’ mini adult empire, including the titular retail shop—a fixture on West Hollywood’s Santa Monica Boulevard.
MYSTIFY is due to premiere at Tribeca on Thursday 25th April and CIRCUS OF BOOKS on Friday 26th April 2019. Please CLICK HERE for full details on screenings and tickets.
Sundance Film Festival 2019 showcased the world premiere of MIKE WALLACE IS HERE. Following its debut IndieWire described the film as “An important and compulsively watchable portrait.” The film has now secured a North American distribution deal with Magnolia Pictures.
We’re celebrating the new year with the talented teams at Passion Planet and HHMI Tangled Bank Studios. THE SERENGETI RULES won the prestigious Jury Award at this year’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival. Directed by Nicolas Brown THE SERENGETI RULES tells one of the most important, but untold science stories of our time. Exploring some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth, five pioneering scientists make surprising discoveries that flip our understanding of nature on its head and offer new hope for restoring our world.
CLICK HERE for a full list of Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2019 Winners.
Passion are excited to announce that ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS has been nominated for Best Music Film at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.
Directed by Lili Fini Zanuck ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS is an intimate, revealing musical odyssey on the life and career of guitar virtuoso Eric Clapton, told by those who have known him best, including BB King, Jimi Hendrix, and George Harrison. A Zanuck Company and Passion Pictures Production for Showtime which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2017.
The Grammy Awards are due to air Sunday 10th Feb 2019 live on CBS. CLICK HERE for the full list of this year’s nominees.
We’re proud to announce that 2019 will mark fourteen consecutive years of Passion Pictures premiering at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival with our latest feature documentary – MIKE WALLACE IS HERE. For over half a century, 60 Minutes’ fearsome newsman Mike Wallace went head-to-head with the world’s most influential figures. Relying exclusively on archival footage, the film interrogates the interrogator, tracking Mike’s storied career and troubled personal life while unpacking how broadcast journalism evolved to today’s precarious tipping point. Directed by Avi Belkin the film will premiere as part of the US Documentary Competition.
Passion are delighted to announce that FOREVER PURE won an Emmy Award on Monday night in the Outstanding Politics & Government Documentary category. Directed by Maya Zinstein, the film tells the story of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer club, known for its far-right hooligan fans and anti-Arab chants, and for being the only team in Israel’s Premier League that had never signed an Arab Muslim player. The film chronicles the 2013 signing of two Muslim players — Chechnyan, not Arab — by then-owner Arkady Gaydamak, and the outrage it caused amongst the powerful racist fan group La Familia, which began a campaign against the move and forced the team to hire bodyguards to protect them. The film was first broadcast by the Independent Lens show on PBS Network and is Executive Produced by Passion’s John Battsek.
It has been an exciting few weeks for Passion Planet’s feature documentary THE SERENGETI RULES and VR experience MY AFRICA. Both films picked up awards at the prestigious Jackson Hole Science Media Awards in September, scooping up the prizes for Best Editing and Virtual Reality/360° Storytelling respectively. On Wednesday THE SERENGETI RULES was honoured with The Golden Owl award at Bergen International Film Festival in Norway for best science documentary. The film has also won the Green Fire Award at the American Conservation Film Festival and will be touring festivals in Vancouver, New York, Banff, and Indiana throughout October and November. MY AFRICA took home Best Film in 360 Cinematic Video at the AT&T Shape Film Awards and a Gold Telly Award. The film has its European Premiere at Raindance Film Festival in London Oct 6th – 7th. Tickets on sale now.
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