AMC Networks-owned SVOD platform Sundance Now is gearing up to premiere Lorenzo Pisoni’s feature-length documentary Circus Kid later this month.
A Points West Production, in association with Eden Wurmfeld Films and Pro Media, the 69-minute film (pictured) chronicles Pisoni’s unique childhood of growing up in a circus family while showcasing the dynamics that develop in the demanding environment of performance.
Featured in the documentary are Pisoni’s father, Larry, his mother Peggy, his sister Gypsy (who recently created the circus work in the Tony-winning Broadway smash Pippin), and original Pickle Family Circus members, Bill Irwin and Geoff Hoyle.
Founded in San Francisco in 1974, the Pickle Family Circus formed part of the renewal of the American circus, which went on to influence the creation of Montreal’s Cirque du Soleil 10 years later.
Circus Kid is produced by Mad Men actor Jon Hamm, Pisoni, Jennifer Westfeldt, Eden Wurmfeld, William Rexer and Sarah Dussealt, alongside executive producers Daniel Radcliffe, of the Harry Potter franchise, and Karen Lehner.
Circus Kid will launch exclusively across the streaming platform on Dec. 21.
“A glimpse into a childhood of being locked in trunks, thrown stories high into the air and performing with men in gorilla suits felt like great fodder for a fun documentary,” said producer Jennifer Westfeldt in a statement. “But when I met Larry, Lorenzo’s magnetic and complicated father, a deeper story emerged. This film is, at its heart, a bittersweet portrait of Larry Pisoni — who was the best leader, coach, clown partner and boss a circus kid could hope to have — but struggled to be what his son perhaps needed most: a parent.”