Global indie distributor 1091, formerly known as The Orchard Film Group, has acquired Emmy-winning filmmaker Paul Taublieb’s feature-length documentary Blink of an Eye.
Produced by Taublieb Films with support from Monster Energy and in association with NASCAR, the doc chronicles former professional stock car racer Michael Waltrip and his friendship with the late NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Sr.
The film will also highlight the 2001 Daytona 500, in which Waltrip, who had failed to win a single race over 462 attempts, was aided by Earnhardt Sr. blocking the field of 40 cars to allow his friend to take his first checkered flag. Waltrip never had the opportunity to celebrate with Earnhardt Sr., as the legend was killed on that last lap in what was initially thought to be a minor crash.
Blink of an Eye is based on Waltrip and Ellis Henican’s 2011 best-selling book In the Blink of an Eye: Dale, Daytona, and the Day that Changed Everything (Hachette Books).
Featured interviews throughout the film include Dale Earnhardt Jr.; Ty Norris, the former EVP of motorsports for Dale Earnhardt Inc.; and NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Richard Childress.
The film will premiere with a private screening on Friday (May 24) at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Theater in Charlotte, North Carolina before being released theatrically and on demand this fall.
Blink of an Eye is produced by Taublieb with Mitch Covington, Susan Cooper and Pam Miller. NASCAR’s Steve Phelps serves as an executive producer.
The deal was negotiated by Danny Grant, 1091′s SVP of film and strategic partnerships, and Taublieb on behalf of the filmmakers and Waltrip.
“Blink of an Eye touches a much wider audience than NASCAR fans, it is a story of perseverance and friendship that anyone can relate to,” said Grant, in a statement. “Paul Taublieb does a fantastic, cinematic job with this long untold story and we are excited to partner with Taublieb Films and Monster Energy, along with the support of NASCAR, in bringing this film to theaters and homes nation-wide.”
Forthcoming 1091 releases include Werner Herzog’s Meeting Gorbachev (May 3), Frédéric Tcheng’s fashion documentary Halston (May 24), Hannah Pearl Utt’s feature directorial debut Before You Know It (second half of 2019) and Luke Lorentzen’s Midnight Family (summer 2019).