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Neon acquires Laura Poitras’ “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed”

Ahead of its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, Laura Poitras‘ newest documentary, All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, has been acquired by Neon. Neon will release the doc for a North American ...
August 19, 2022


Ahead of its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, Laura Poitras‘ newest documentary, All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, has been acquired by Neon.

Neon will release the doc for a North American theatrical run this fall, followed by ancillary and digital releases. The acquisition marks a continuation of the collaboration between Poitras and Neon founder and CEO Tom Quinn, who previously released the filmmaker’s Oscar-winning Citizenfour.

Produced by Participant (which also produced Citizenfour), Poitras’ new film uses slideshows, intimate interviews, photography and archival footag to chronicle the life and career of internationally renowned artist and activist Nan Goldin and her fight against the Sackler family, the owners of OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma.

“Nan’s art and vision has inspired my work for years, and has influenced generations of filmmakers,” Poitras said in a news release. “When we began working together, it was essential to us that the film see a theatrical release.”

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed makes its world premiere in September at the Venice Film Festival, where it will be the rare non-fiction film to compete for the Golden Lion. It will then premiere in North America at the Toronto International Film Festival, and screen at the New York Film Festival, where it is the festival’s Centerpiece. Goldin will also design this year’s NYFF poster, as the festival marks its 60th anniversary.

Executive producers on the doc are Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann for Participant, along with Clare Carter, Alex Kwartler and Hayley Theisen. Howard Gertler, John Lyons, Yoni Golijov, Poitras and Goldin serve as producers.

Neon’s documentary slate also includes Brett Morgen’s film on David Bowie, Moonage Daydream, as well as recent Oscar nominee Flee.

About The Author
Justin Anderson joined Realscreen as senior staff writer in 2021, reporting and writing stories for the newsletter and magazine. During his 20-year career he’s filled a variety of roles as a writer and editor at a number of media organizations, covering news and current affairs as well as business, tech, the film and music industries and plenty in between. He’s also spent time behind the scenes in television production, having written everything from voiceover scripts for documentaries to marketing copy. He has a degree in Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).

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