Magnolia Pictures Nabs Rights to 'Harry Benson: Shoot First' Doc

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The famed photographer was in charge of documenting The Beatles inaugural trip to the U.S.

Magnolia Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to a documentary focusing on famed photographer Harry Benson.

Harry Benson: Shoot First, written and directed by Matthew Miele and Justin Bare, had its premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival in October.

Benson rose to prominence as the photographer for The Beatles during their first trip to the U.S. His work has appeared in LifeVanity Fair and The New Yorker and includes iconic images of Winston Churchill, Muhammad Ali, Greta Garbo, Michael Jackson and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The doc features behind-the-scenes footage as well as interviews with figures including Sharon Stone, Alec Baldwin, Donald Trump, Piers Morgan, Dan Rather, James L. Brooks, Henry Kissinger and Ralph Lauren. 

“Matthew and Justin have crafted a fascinating and essential portrait of Harry Benson, who captured some of the most iconic moments of the 20th century and made them accessible to the world,” Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles said in a statement.

The film was produced by Bare, Gigi Benson and Heather Silverman, with Miele, Stephen McCarthy, Clive Gershon and Arnie Herrmann acting as executive producers.

The deal was negotiated by Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers.