Dan Harmon Doc 'Harmontown' Picked Up by The Orchard
Distributor The Orchard has acquired North American and U.K. rights to Neil Berkeley’s documentary Harmonton, which follows Community creator Dan Harmon on tour for his eponymous podcast series after he was fired from Community in 2012. The film also features appearances by Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Sarah Silverman, Jason Sudeikis and Joel McHale and will be released theatrically and digitally this fall.
Harmon, who returned to Community in 2013, will embark upon another podcast tour in concert with the movie’s theatrical expansion. Harmontown, which was co-produced by Future You Pictures and Starburns Industries, premiered as part of the documentary spotlight at the South by Southwest Film Festival and also has screened at Hot Docs and the Los Angeles Film Festival.
“Sometimes, getting fired results in amazing opportunities. In the case of Dan Harmon, it resulted in the engaging and hilarious pop culture-infused doc Harmontown,” said Paul Davidson, The Orchard’s svp film and TV.
The deal was negotiated by UTA Independent Film Group and Josh Braun of Submarine on behalf of Future You Pictures and Starburns Industries with Danielle DiGiacomo of The Orchard.