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Samuel Goldwyn Films has picked up North American rights to Peter Kenneth Jones’ documentary Henri Dauman: Looking Up, which is set for a 2020 theatrical release.
The film had its world premiere at the 2018 Hamptons International Film Festival and captures the life and career of Holocaust survivor and New York City resident Henri Dauman, a legend among 20th century American photojournalists for his iconic images.
“Samuel Goldwyn’s iconic contribution over the generations to the world of film fits perfectly with both the timelessness and the emotional immediacy of Henri’s photography and his story. We couldn’t be more excited about partnering with Samuel Goldwyn Films to bring Henri Dauman: Looking Up to a North American audience,” director Kenneth Jones said Monday in a statement.
Dauman is not widely known in popular culture, but his images of Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Miles Davis, Yves Saint Laurent, Andy Warhol, Elvis Presley and John F. Kennedy are and fill an archive of over 1 million photo negatives.
Jones’ film recounts Dauman’s life story behind the camera, including being orphaned at 13 and raising his own family, which included his son, former Viacom chief Philippe Dauman.
Henri Dauman: Looking Up was produced by Glen Zipper, Kerri Borusk, Nicole Suerez (Dauman’s granddaughter), Roland Smith, Kenneth Jones and Will Keesee, with Bobby Campbell executive producing.
The North American distribution deal was negotiated by Meg Longo for Samuel Goldwyn Films and Nick Ogiony of CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.