Samuel Goldwyn Films acquired U.S. rights to the Freida Mock-directed Anita, the film about Anita Hill which debuted at Sundance and just screened as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Goldwyn will release this fall. In a backdrop of sex, politics, and race, the film describes Hill and the firestorm that occurred when she sat before a Senate committee 22 years ago and recounted the repeated acts of sexual harassment she had endured while working with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. That October day in 1991 Anita Hill, a bookish law professor from Oklahoma, was thrust onto the world stage and instantly became a celebrated, hated, venerated, and divisive figure. Hill took part in the docu and described the experience and the aftermath.
According to Peter Goldwyn, Senior Vice President of Samuel Goldwyn Films: “We are excited to be working with the talented Freida Mock in bringing Anita’s powerful, life-changing story to not only the people who lived through the circus of the hearings but also to a new generation. Anita’s impact on the course of history over the last 20 plus years shouldn’t be forgotten and this film celebrates her legacy.”
BREAKING: Uma Thurman will star as controversial Anita Bryant in Anita, produced by Sex And the City creator Darren Star, Howard Rosenman, Jeffrey Schwarz and Dennis Erdman. Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman will direct from a screenplay by Chad Hodge. Those filmmakers, who most recently helmed Lovelace, won Oscars for Common Threads: Stories From The Quilt and The Times Of Harvey Milk. The film will be shopped here at Cannes. It follows the singer and orange juice spokeswoman who, after allowing a gay screenwriter into her home, confronts her past and her politics which included successfully campaigning to overturn a gay rights law in Florida. Thurman next stars in Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, and the next film by the directors is The Battle Of AmFAR, which HBO broadcasts in December. UTA Independent and WME are co-repping domestic.
Twenty-eight documentary features will screen as special presentations during the 2013 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival that takes place April 25 through May 5th in Toronto. Lineup includes the world premieres of Caucus, AJ Schnack’s behind the scenes look at the Republican candidates of the Iowa caucus; Prepare For The Worst, Barry Avrich’s portrait of comedy icon David Steinberg; and Gus Holwerda’s The Unbelievers, which observes scientists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss as they argue the importance of science and reason. Full Hot Docs lineup including the opening night film will be announced March 19. Read More »