American indie distributor Greenwich Entertainment has acquired North American distribution rights to Ebs Burnough’s The Capote Tapes.
Featuring interviews with Dick Cavett, André Leon Talley, Jay McInerney, Dotson Rader and Kate Harrington, as well as George Plimpton’s taped interviews for his 1997 biography of the iconic American author, the film charts the rise and downfall of Truman Capote, centered around what was meant to be his greatest masterpiece: the epic portrait of New York’s jet-set society Answered Prayers.
The Capote Tapes (pictured) was written by Burnough and Holly Whiston and produced by Burnough, Whiston, Lawrence Elman and Zara Akester. Hatch House Media Ltd and MVille Studios produced the film, with Nick Fraser, Pierre Lagrange and Lex Lutzus serving as executive producers.
The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and went on to screen at the Hamptons International Film Festival, Middleburg Film Festival and as the closing night film at DOC NYC last week.
“Truman Capote is one of history’s most prolific and mysterious writers and we are thrilled to work with Greenwich to release The Capote Tapes so a wider audience can appreciate the essence of such a fascinating icon,” said Burnough in a statement.
“From Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood to his trailblazing status as one of the first openly gay public figures, no author left a more indelible mark on 20th Century America than Truman Capote,” added Greenwich’s co-managing director Andy Bohn. “Ebs obtained unparalleled entrée into Capote’s life story to create the uniquely insightful and emotional portrait Truman deserves.”
Greenwich will release the film in theaters starting next year.
The deal was negotiated by Greenwich’s Andy Bohn and Endeavor Content on behalf of the filmmakers.
(Photo by Elliott Erwitt, 1966. Courtesy of Greenwich Entertainment)