Magnolia takes U.S. rights for National Lampoon doc

U.S. distributor Magnolia Pictures has acquired all U.S. rights excluding television to the Douglas Tirola-directed doc Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (pictured).
July 6, 2015

U.S. distributor Magnolia Pictures has picked up the exclusive U.S. rights to the Douglas Tirola-directed doc Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (pictured).

The deal, which excludes the film’s rights to television broadcast, was negotiated by John Von Thaden, VP of acquisitions for Cinetic Media, on behalf of filmmakers Tirola and Susan Bedusa of 4th Row Films.

The doc, produced by History Films in association with Sky, offers an exclusive look at the rise and fall of humor magazine The National Lampoon which parodied politics, religion, entertainment and the American lifestyle between the 1970s and 1990s. The magazine would eventually branch from its origins in print to radio shows, record albums, live stage revues and movies, including Animal House and National Lampoon’s Vacation.

The 90-minute film is exec produced by Molly Thompson, Dirk Hoogstra, John Battsek and Celia Taylor.

Thompson, SVP of feature films for A+E Studios, said of the film: “it immerses you in a world that is so rich with creative genius it is stunning but the dramatic story of the magazine’s founders is deeply emotional too.”

“It’s an honor to be distributed by Magnolia Pictures which has released some of the great documentaries of the past decade,” added director Douglas Tirola in a statement. “They have a smart vision for our film with an understanding of how we used the documentary form to tell a broad narrative story.”

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