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Magnolia picks up Sundance films “Mike Wallace Is Here”, “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am”

Film distributor Magnolia Pictures has acquired the North American rights to feature-length documentaries Mike Wallace Is Here and Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am following their world premieres at the 2019 ...
February 13, 2019

Film distributor Magnolia Pictures has acquired the North American rights to feature-length documentaries Mike Wallace Is Here and Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am following their world premieres at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Filmmaker Avi Belkin’s Mike Wallace Is Here (pictured) offers intimate insight into the life and career of the veteran newsman and former lead reporter on 60 Minutes.

The 94-minute doc features never-before-seen archive from the 60 Minutes vault to explore what drove and plagued Wallace, whose 50-year on-air career was entwined with the evolution of journalism itself.

Mike Wallace Is Here is a Drexler Films presentation of a Delirio Films Production, in association with Passion Pictures and Rock Paper Scissors Entertainment.

Belkin produced alongside Rafael Marmor, John Battsek, Peggy Drexler, and Christopher Leggett, with Angus Wall acting as executive producer.

The deal was negotiated by Magnolia’s Dori Begley, EVP, and John Von Thaden, SVP of acquisitions, with CAA Media Finance on behalf of the filmmakers.

Elsewhere, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ uplifting documentary Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am paints an intimate and comprehensive portrait of the life and works of the seminal Song of Solomon and The Bluest Eye author, who was the first African-American woman to receive the Nobel Prize.

Produced by Perfect Day Films Inc. in association with American Masters Pictures, the 119-minute film weaves together archival material, evocative works of contemporary art and interviews with such luminaries as Hilton Als, Angela Davis, Fran Lebowitz, Walter Mosley, Sonia Sanchez and Oprah Winfrey, who turned Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize- and the American Book Award-winning novel Beloved into the 1998 feature film of the same name.

The film was produced by Greenfield-Sanders, Johanna Giebelhaus, Chad Thompson and Tommy Walker. Michael Kantor is executive producer for American Masters Pictures.

Magnolia’s Begley and Von Thaden negotiated the deal with ICM Partners and Curatorial on behalf of the filmmakers.

The New York-set distributor is aiming to release both Mike Wallace Is Here and Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am theatrically later this year.

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am will stream on Hulu and will have its exclusive U.S. broadcast premiere as part of PBS’s ‘American Masters’ strand in late 2020.

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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