London-based documentary sales house Dogwoof is ramping up its production output with six original titles added to its factual lineup.
Since launching its production investment fund TDog Productions – managed by CEO Anna Godas – in the spring of 2016, Dogwoof has made investments in feature-length films such as Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist, Lorna Tucker’s 2018 profile on British designer and punk icon Vivienne Westwood featuring archival footage and intimate interviews; and Frédéric Tcheng’s 120-minute film Halston, which documents the life and career of legendary fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick.
TDog provides financial backing to feature-length documentaries at any stage as well as development funding to “formats spin-offs which may arise from those docs,” with a focus on episodic series.
Anchoring Dogwoof’s newest slate of productions are new titles from Andreas Koefoed (Ballroom Dancer), Eddie Martin (Have You Seen the Listers?) and James Rogan (Stephen: The Murder that Changed a Nation).
Koefoed’s The Lost Leonardo (in production) explores the mystery surrounding the Salvator Mundi, the first painting by Leonardo da Vinci to be discovered for more than a century, which has now seemingly gone missing. The film is a copro with Denmark’s Elk Film, France’s Pumpernickel Films and Sweden’s Mantaray Film.
Denis Delestrac’s One (in production; pictured), meanwhile, provides an in-depth look at the 40-year career of American photographer Steve McCurry, who is best known for his photograph “Afghan Girl”. Dogwoof is producing alongside Spain’s Polar Star Films and Intrepido Films.
Also in production are Sally Aitken’s Valerie, which paints an intimate picture of pioneering scuba diver Valerie Taylor, who dedicated her life to exposing the myth surrounding our fear of sharks. Wildbear Entertainment (Australia) is also producing. Rex Miller’s Citizen Ashe, meanwhile, offers never-before-seen archive to profile the life and legacy of seminal tennis champion and civil rights leader Arthur Ashe. Stick Figure in the U.S. is co-producing.
Dogwoof has two other projects in development: Eddie Martin’s Superdome and James Rogan’s Song of Giants.
Co-produced with Australia’s Carver Films, Superdome will recount the events that took place over a five-day period within the Louisiana Superdome during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Song of Giants, produced in partnership with Rogan Productions (UK), documents maverick American scientist Roger Payne who discovered whale songs in the 1960s and ’70s and is now determined to see if those same whales have survived through the decades.
All of the above projects have working titles.