CNN Films and Cinedigm have acquired the American television and theatrical rights for director Penny Lane’s documentary Our Nixon (pictured).
The all-archival film, which Lane co-produced with Bryan L. Frye, will air on CNN in August and Cinedigm will handle its theatrical run.
Comprised primarily of Super 8 footage shot by White House staffers H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and Dwight Chapin between 1969 and 1973, the film is an intimate look at former U.S. president Richard Nixon’s tenure and the atmosphere in the White House leading up to the Watergate scandal, which forced his resignation in 1974.
“The personal footage reveals a multidimensional president and staff who were heartbreakingly earnest, idealistic, and naive – as well as self-protective, suspicious and cynical,” Lane said in a statement. “Our goal was to invite viewers to re-examine their prior assumptions about Nixon and come to their own conclusions about what that era means.”
Our Nixon premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival in January and has since screened at SXSW and New Directors/New Films. It continues its festival run at Hot Docs in Toronto this weekend.
The CNN deal was negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers by Josh Braun of Submarine and the theatrical distribution deal was brokered between Submarine and Emily Rothschild of Cinedigm.