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Utopia nabs distribution rights for Errol Morris’ “American Dharma”

New York- and Los Angeles-based distribution company Utopia has bought the U.S. rights to Errol Morris‘ Steve Bannon documentary, American Dharma. The 95-minute documentary comprises footage from a 16-hour conversation between Morris ...
August 7, 2019

New York- and Los Angeles-based distribution company Utopia has bought the U.S. rights to Errol Morris‘ Steve Bannon documentary, American Dharma.

The 95-minute documentary comprises footage from a 16-hour conversation between Morris and Bannon, the former executive chairman of Breitbart News and former White House Chief Strategist to President Donald Trump. In the interview, Morris questions Bannon on his background, belief system, worldview, current feelings on President Trump and how films such as Henry King’s Twelve O’Clock, John Ford’s The Searchers and Orson Welles’ Chimes at Midnight became part of his understanding of the world.

Following debuts at film festivals in Venice, Toronto and New York, the film will be released Nov. 1 at the Film Forum in New York with a national theatrical roll out to follow.

“I made this film because I wanted to learn about Stephen K. Bannon, to try to understand him, because he scares me,” Morris said in a statement. “I thought if making a film could help me, and others, understand any of this then it would be a good thing. I’m delighted American Dharma will be reaching audiences and excited to partner with Utopia.”

The film was produced by Morris, Marie Savare, producer at Maje Productions, P.J. van Sandwijk, co-founder of Storyteller Productions, Robert Fernandez, CEO of Moxie Pictures, and Steven Hathaway, editor at Morris’ company, Fourth Floor Productions. Michael Lesslie, co-founder of Storyteller Productions, served as executive producer.

Endeavor Content handled the sale on behalf of the filmmakers with David Betesh, Utopia’s head of sales and acquisitions.

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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