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First Run picks up Colby spy doc

First Run Features has acquired all U.S. rights to a documentary from filmmaker Carl Colby looking at the rise and fall of his father, CIA operative William Colby, a man billed as one of the most influential spymasters in American history.
August 18, 2011

First Run Features has acquired all U.S. rights to a documentary from filmmaker Carl Colby looking at the rise and fall of his father, CIA operative William Colby, a man regarded as one of the most influential spymasters in American history.

Entitled The Man Nobody Knew: In Search Of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby, the film (pictured) bills Colby Sr as a CIA agent and family man who was forced to keep secrets from his own wife and children.

The film will open in New York at the Lincoln Plaza Cinema on September 23, before a limited countrywide roll-out throughout October. It was produced by Jedburgh Films, Act 4 Entertainment’s David Johnson and Guggenheim Productions’ Grace Guggenheim.

“Carl Colby has crafted a moving and personal inquiry of a man who saw himself as a patriot, and whom others accused of being a war criminal,” says Seymour Wishman, president of First Run Features. “It is also a powerful examination of an institution that can save or destroy our way of life.”

Johnson added that the doc “raises provocative and disturbing questions about the nature and consequences of engaging in covert action and whether the U.S. is prepared to accept the often tragic result of such consequences.”

Colby Jr’s previous films focused on a variety of subjects including Franz Kline, William de Kooning, Bob Marley, Frank Gehry, George Hurrell and Franco Zeffirelli. His credits include Legends in Light, a celebration of Hollywood glamour photographer George Hurrell, and Ground Zero, a documentary on designs for the World Trade Center site.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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