CNN Films and Cinedigm Acquire ‘Our Nixon’ Featuring Newly Released Personal Footage
via press release:
CNN FILMS AND CINEDIGM ACQUIRE ‘OUR NIXON,’ FEATURING NEWLY RELEASED PERSONAL FOOTAGE SHOT BY RICHARD NIXON’S CLOSEST AIDES
CNN plans for broadcast in August 2013; film will be released theatrically by Cinedigm
CNN FILMS and CINEDIGM have acquired OUR NIXON, a new, feature-length film, produced with rediscovered Super 8 home movie footage, filmed by the 37th president’s closest aides. More than 500 reels of personal films were shot separately by Nixon chief of staff H.R. Haldeman, domestic affairs adviser John Ehrlichman, and special assistant Dwight Chapin, between 1969 and 1973, and were until relatively recently, retained by the National Archives.
Our Nixon is directed by Penny Lane, and co-produced by Lane and Brian Frye. The film is expected to premiere on CNN/U.S. in August 2013, and will be released theatrically by Cinedigm.
The home movies are complemented by subsequent archival interviews in which each man reflects upon his relationship with the others and with the president, recounts the exhaustive work of White House service, and of course, recalls Watergate. The film also includes rarely broadcast excerpts from nearly 4,000 hours of Nixon audiotapes.
“The personal footage reveals a multidimensional president and staff who were heartbreakingly earnest, idealistic, and naïve – as well as self-protective, suspicious, and cynical,” Lane said. “Our goal was to invite viewers to re-examine their prior assumptions about Nixon and come to their own conclusions about what that era means.”
“Our history-focused film acquisitions allow CNN to revisit key national events – and the people who shaped them – with new information and fresh perspectives. We are pleased to offer viewers very unique films, like OUR NIXON – in this case, in the year that would have been Nixon’s centennial,” said Amy Entelis, senior vice president for talent and content development for CNN Worldwide.
“Lane and Frye have meticulously created a film that may impact the way future historians recount and interpret the Nixon White House,” said Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide. “It also portrays the intensively insular nature of governing at the highest levels, and how those inside that world can be changed by it,” Malhotra said.
The extraordinarily intimate access reveals the debates and decision-making behind the most historic moments of Nixon’s secretive presidency, and with the filmmakers’ archival footage yields a deeply immersive portrait of turbulent late 20th Century America – the anti-war protests, Nixon’s state visit to China, and the Apollo moon landing.
The CNN FILMS television acquisition deal was negotiated with Josh Braun of Submarine and for theatrical distribution between Submarine and Cinedigm’s Emily Rothschild.