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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Passion are honored & thrilled to announce our latest documentary feature on Manchester United Icon, Sir Alex Ferguson. The film is directed by the soccer legend’s son, Jason Ferguson and Passion’s John Battsek will co-produce alongside Andrew Macdonald & Allon Reich for DNA Films. The documentary will have exclusive and unrestricted access to Sir Alex Ferguson, his family and friends, offering fans a deeply personal and revealing account of Ferguson’s life from his working-class roots in Glasgow through to his 26-year tenure as the longest-serving manager of world-renowned British soccer team Manchester United. The film will be written by Mark Monroe, who won the WGA Documentary Special Award for 2009’s “The Cove,” and edited by two-time BAFTA winner Gregor Lyon (“The Secret Life of the Berlin Wall”). Archive producer Paul Gardner has also joined the production team.
The Passion Planet team are thrilled that their VR Film MY AFRICA has been shortlisted at the VR Film of the Year Awards. Narrated by Academy Award-winning and Kenyan-raised actress Lupita Nyong’o, MY AFRICA, transports viewers to the untamed rangelands of northern Kenya, where a community is reknitting the bonds that have long enabled people and wildlife to coexist. The story follows the journey of a young Samburu woman named Naltwasha Leripe as she takes viewers through her community’s daily life, tending livestock, digging “singing” wells deep into dry riverbanks and rescuing a baby elephant orphaned by a poacher’s gun. The film was made in partnership with Conservation International and Vision 3.
OFFICIAL SELECTION TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL 2018
WINNER – AT&T FILM AWARDS: BEST 360 FILM
WINNER- GOLD TELLY AWARD: BEST USE OF VR
LYNYRD SKYNYRD: IF I LEAVE HERE TOMORROW will premiere on Saturday, August 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime. Directed by Stephen Kijak and featuring rare interviews and never-before-seen archival footage, the film takes viewers on a trip through the history, myth and legend of one of the most iconic American rock bands of all time. Rising from the swamps of the Deep South, these good ol’ boys from Jacksonville, Florida came to define an era with their hard-rocking boogie-woogie sound, soulful lyrics, drunken and dangerous antics and their controversial use of the rebel flag. The film also serves as a portrait of late band leader Ronnie Van Zant whose life was cut tragically short, but whose legacy endures to this day in songs like the “Simple Man,” “Country Boy,” and “Whiskey Rock-a-Roller.”
Passion Planet are delighted to announce that THE SERENGETI RULES has been nominated in the best theatrical category at this years Wildscreen Panda Awards. The film reveals one of the most important but untold science stories of our time—a tale with profound implications for the fate of life on our planet. Beginning in the 1960s, a small band of young scientists headed out into the wilderness, driven by an insatiable curiosity about how nature works. Immersed in some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth—from the majestic Serengeti to the Amazon jungle; from the Arctic Ocean to Pacific tide pools—they discovered a single set of rules that govern all life. Now in the twilight of their eminent careers, these five unsung heroes of modern ecology share the stories of their adventures, reveal how their pioneering work flipped our view of nature on its head, and give us a chance to reimagine the world as it could and should be. The Serengeti Rules had it’s World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year followed by screenings at Martha’s Vineyard Conservation Film Festival and the spectacular under-the-stars Hawaii premiere at Maui Film festival.
STUDIO 54 was the epicenter of 70s hedonism – a place that not only redefined the nightclub, but also came to symbolize an entire era. Its co-owners, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, two friends from Brooklyn, seemed to come out of nowhere to suddenly preside over a new kind of New York society. Now, 39 years after the velvet rope was first slung across the club’s hallowed threshold, Matt Tyrnauer’s thrilling documentary tells the real story behind the greatest club of all time.
STUDIO 54 opens in UK cinemas June 15. CLICK HERE for tickets!
We are very pleased to announce that the first episode of HUNTING ISIS premiered last night on the History Channel. Don’t miss the encore presentation on Viceland on Sunday, June 3rd at 10PM ET/PT. Filmmaker and award-winning photographer Sebastiano Tomada built his career documenting conflict in some of the world’s most volatile warzones. HUNTING ISIS is the culmination of over two years embedded in the trenches in Iraq and Syria, granting visceral, intimate access to the front lines of the war against ISIS and those individuals who give up everything to fight it.
CLICK HERE to watch the trailer.