First Run Features Acquires U.S. Rights to Documentary about Legendary CIA Operative

Spymaster William Colby's son, Carl, helmed "The Man Nobody Knew," which will open on September 23.

First Run Features has picked up all U.S. rights to Carl Colby’s documentary The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby, which opens in New York on Sept. 23 followed by a nationwide rollout.

In the film, Colby looks at the rise—and fall—of his father, the legendary CIA operative and CIA director who was one of the most influential spymasters in American history. He also was a family man forced to keep secrets from his wife and children.

The film, which plays first in an exclusive run at Lincoln Plaza Cinema, was produced by Jedburgh Films, Act 4 Entertainment’s David Johnson and Guggenheim Prods.’ Grace Guggenheim.

"Carl Colby has crafted a moving and personal inquiry of a man who saw himself as a patriot, and whom others accused of being a war criminal. It is also a powerful examination of an institution that can save or destroy our way of life," First Run Features president Seymour Wishman says.

Carl Colby’s previous films focused on a variety of notable subjects including Franz Kline, William de Kooning, Bob Marley, Frank Gehry, George Hurrell and Franco Zeffirelli. His credits include Voyager: The Grand Tour and Ground Zero, a documentary on designs for the World Trade Center site.  

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