Cannes: 'Frank Serpico' Doc Goes to Sundance Selects (Exclusive)
Antonino D'Ambrosio's film offers a portrait of the whistle-blowing New York cop who inspired the Al Pacino movie 'Serpico.'
Sundance Selects has acquired the U.S. rights to Frank Serpico, director Antonino D’Ambrosio’s documentary about the whistle-blowing New York City cop who exposed police corruption in 1971, inspiring the 1973 film Serpico, starring Al Pacino.
The Gigantic Pictures film, which premiered at the recent Tribeca Film Festival, is the first doc to have Serpico’s cooperation and was produced, written and directed by D’Ambrosio, whose most recent film was We’re Still Here: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited, which was broadcast on PBS in 2016. Brooke Devine, Brian Devine and Jason Orans also served as producers, with Brian Devine Sr., Silvija Devine and Jonathan Gray executive producing. Fugazi’s Brendan Canty contributed an original score.
Sundance Selects’ Arianna Bocco, who negotiated the deal with Film Sales Company’s Andrew Herwitz, commented, “Frank Serpico shares the timely and groundbreaking story of corruption and the fight against the abuse of power. We are truly confident that this powerful investigative thriller will resonate with audiences across the country.”
D’Ambrosio is also the author of the book The Free Space: How Creative-Response Transforms Our World, which serves as the basis for his broadcast series The Free Space, produced by Gigantic Pictures, which also just wrapped production on the feature Boarding School, directed by Boaz Yakin.