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MATT COWAL / MAGNOLIA PICTURES
The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired North American rights to BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME, the definitive documentary about the beloved and influential 70s rock band Big Star. Directed by Drew DeNicola and Oliva Mori, the film was produced by Mori and Danielle McCarthy, executive-produced by John Fry, founder of Ardent Studios, with Gill Holland and David Armillei, and co-produced by Brian Sprouse.
Founded in Memphis by Chris Bell, and fronted by rock legend Alex Chilton, the original Big Star lineup also featured Jody Stephens and Andy Hummel. Together less than four years, the band flirted with mainstream success but never achieved it. Nonetheless, they produced a body of work of seminal importance to pop and alternative music, influencing major artists like REM, the Replacements, Elliot Smith, the Flaming Lips and countless others.
For die-hard fans and newcomers alike, BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME is a treasure, featuring rare music, never-before-seen footage and in-depth interviews with the original band members, family, friends and artists they influenced. Years in the making, the film captures important voices from the Big Star era that have since passed on.
“Drew, Olivia and Danielle have done a terrific job capturing the amazing story of one of the greatest bands of the 1970s, recreating an truly special time and place in music history,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “Big Star fans will rejoice.”
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Magnolia, and to join their stellar roster of great films,” said director Drew DeNicola.
The deal was negotiated by Magnolia SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley with Josh Braun of Submarine. Magnolia plans a theatrical release later this year.
About Magnolia Pictures
Magnolia Pictures (www.magpictures.com) is the theatrical and home entertainment distribution arm of the Wagner/Cuban Companies, a vertically-integrated group of media properties co-owned by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban that also includes the Landmark Theatres chain and AXS TV. Recent releases include Lars Von Trier’sMelancholia, Kevin Macdonald’s biopic Marley, David Gelb’s Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Craig Zobel’s Compliance, Lauren Greenfield’s The Queen of Versailles, the exciting noir-thriller Deadfall, and Golden Globe nominee A Royal Affair. Magnolia’s upcoming releases include Terrence Malick’s To The Wonder, Thomas Vinterberg’sThe Hunt, Ry Russo-Young’s Nobody Walks, the moving documentaries A Place at the Table and No Place on Earth, The Brass Teapot, Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie, and many more.
Selected press quotes:
“The movie is brilliant-a boon to Big Star fans, as well as an indispensible primer for anyone who ever has wondered what artists such as the dB’s, R.E.M., Matthew Sweet, the Bangles, the Replacements, Teenage Fanclub, This Mortal Coil, the Posies and literally thousands of others found so inspiring.” – Jim DeRogatis, WBEZ
“The movie is destined to be a seminal rock doc in the canon, and one that will bring Big Star to a new generation of fans.” – Indiewire
“Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is a feisty, moving tribute.” – Ain’t It Cool News
“With three perennial albums and a gripping story to boot, it’s bizarre that this documentary hasn’t been made before (better late than never, as they say) but the wait was worth it. Observing the band’s finest tunes (or rather, CHOONS) and their enduring legacy, Nothing Can Hurt Me is profoundly moving, dramatic, insightful, entertaining and up there with the best music documentaries ever made – yeah, I said it.” – Grolsch Film Works