White Horse Pictures — producer of The Apollo and The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart — and Mojo Global Arts have partnered to produce a documentary feature on ventriloquist Shari Lewis and her puppet, Lamb Chop.
Shari & Lamb Chop, to be directed by Lisa D’Apolito, director and producer of Love, Gilda, will explore Lewis’s (pictured) unlikely journey through the lens of her decades-long “relationship” with Lamb Chop. The film will delve into the psychology that exists between performer and puppet, and the world of ventriloquism.
By the time of her death from uterine cancer in 1998, Lewis had won dozens of awards – including 13 Emmys and a Peabody – and published 60 children’s books.
The film will be produced by White Horse’s Cassidy Hartmann (The Apollo) and Nicholas Ferrall (The Beatles: Eight Days A Week), Mojo’s Douglas Warner (Paul Rodriguez: The Here & Wow) and D’Apolito.
White Horse’s Nigel Sinclair (The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart) and Jeanne Elfant Festa (Pavarotti) will executive produce with Mojo’s Morris Ruskin.
The documentary is being produced with the full cooperation of the Shari Lewis estate, through her daughter Mallory Lewis. Mallory, who has performed with Lamb Chop for the last twenty years, is consulting on the film.
Concord Originals is financing the project along with Olive Hill Media, The 51 Fund and Carlene Laughlin.
Serving as executive producers are Concord Originals’ Sophia Dilley, Charles Hopkins and Wesley Adams; Olive Hill’s Tim Lee and Michael Cho; The 51 Fund’s Caitlin Gold, Naomi McDougall Jones, and Lindsay Lanzillotta as well as Laughlin. Hartmann will also serve as writer.
In addition to Shari and Lamb Chop, Olive Hill Media has financed a number of projects this past year including Hulu’s WeWork Or The Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn which premiered at the 2021 SXSW festival; and Stockholm Syndrome – an A$AP Rocky documentary that premiered at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival.