Film distributor Magnolia Pictures has acquired the North American theatrical rights to filmmaker Lisa D’Apolito’s tribute to comedic trailblazer Gilda Radner.
Love, Gilda uses Radner’s personal recordings and journal entries to tell the story of her childhood, comedy career, relationships and, ultimately, her struggles with cancer. Working with the Radner estate, D’Apolito found a collection of the comedian’s diaries and personal audio and video tapes that form the narrative spine of the documentary, allowing Radner to tell her own story.
The film also includes interviews with those closest to the comedian, including her brother Michael Radner, and Saturday Night Live alumni Chevy Chase, Lorne Michaels, Alan Zweibel, Laraine Newman and Martin Short. Additionally, Radner’s writings are read by modern day comedians inspired by her, including Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Cecily Strong.
CNN Films, which teamed with D’Apolito on Love, Gilda, retains North American broadcast rights to the movie. The film world premiered as the opening night selection at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. Magnolia is aiming for a 2018 theatrical release.
Love, Gilda is produced by D’Apolito, Bronwyn Berry, Meryl Goldsmith and James Tumminia. Executive producers are Edie Baskin, Christopher Clements, Amy Entelis, Julie Goldman, Meryl Goldsmith, Carolyn Hepburn, Courtney Sexton, Alan Zweibel and Robin Zweibel. Associate producers are Griffin Lichtenson and Nina Guzman.
The deal was negotiated by Magnolia SVP of acquisitions John Von Thaden with Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers.