This doc captures a seminal period in modern independent filmmaking as it chronicles the rise and fall of PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, the film studio that made and distributed over 100 feature films that collected 14 Academy Awards. Some of these hits include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Dead Man Walking and The Usual Suspects. Told from the perspective of an insider, with first-hand knowledge of the history and intimate workings of this upstart European film studio that changed Hollywood, this doc is both a business story and a love letter to the art and magic of the cinema.
“I loved the film… it’s such an energetic and entertaining look at the inside workings of one special studio.”
“A wild romp… it’s a great story about an iconoclastic international businessman who almost bested Hollywood at its own game.”
~Richard Crouse, REEL TO REEL AND CANADA AM
Inspired by PFE CEO Michael Kuhn’s memoir of the same name, director Michael McNamara had the advantage of an insider’s first hand knowledge of the history and intimate workings of this upstart European film studio that changed Hollywood. Judy Holm, the film’s producer, is also the former VP of Distribution for PFE Canada, and was aboard the tumultuous and often intoxicating roller coaster ride that marked the company’s history from 1991 to 1999. More than a business story, 100 Films & A Funeral is a love letter to the art and magic of the cinema.
Run time: 84 Minutes Dolby 5.1 Audio, Closed Captioned
“Big, fat, naughty, juicy and fun! Michael McNamara takes a handful of visionaries, adds a true Hollywood story and delivers surreal laughs, tears, and gasps…”
–Anne Brodie, MSN SYMPATICO
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Michael McNamara was Born in Chicago and raised in the US, England and Windsor, Canada. He presently lives in Toronto where he works as a filmmaker, screenwriter and director. McNamara received a 2004 Gemini nomination for writing Radio Revolution – The Rise and Fall of The Big 8 (History Television Canada), which he also directed and narrated. The film, about legendary Windsor radio station CKLW, went on to win the 2004 Best History Program Gemini. His series of positive body image documentaries Flatly Stacked, Stacked Like Me and Penis Dementia: The Search for the Perfect Penis has been seen in over 40 countries. He wrote and directed Driven by Vision, a 17-part series on visionary outsider artists and won a Gemini for Best Direction in a Documentary Series. His feature documentary, Acquainted with the Night, won a Gemini award for Best Direction in a Documentary Program.