Tribeca: The Orchard Nabs Foodie Doc 'Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent'

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Executive produced by Anthony Bourdain, the film will make its world premiere at the festival on Saturday.

The Orchard has acquired from CNN Films worldwide distribution rights to director Lydia Tenaglia’s documentary Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent.

CNN is retaining North American broadcast rights to the film, which will make its world premiere Saturday at the Tribeca Film Festival. CNN will air the doc following its theatrical release, which The Orchard has scheduled for early 2017.

Susan Porretta produced Jeremiah Tower. Anthony Bourdain, Chris Collins, Joe Caterini, Tenaglia, Amy Entelis, and Vinnie Malhotra executive produced.

The film explores the life of Tower, one of the most controversial, outrageous and influential figures in the history of American gastronomy, though his name has largely been obliterated from history. Featuring interviews with Mario Batali, Bourdain, Martha Stewart and Ruth Reichl, this foodie documentary tells the dramatic story of America’s first celebrity chef.

“The story of Jeremiah Tower is the stuff of legends — his brash personality and culinary genius make for a captivating look at the man and the story behind the legend,” The Orchard's Paul Davidson said Thursday in a statement. “Not only are we thrilled to be working with Anthony and Lydia, but we are excited to be partnering with our friends at CNN on this film.”

Added CNN Worldwide's Amy Entelis: “CNN Films is so proud to partner with The Orchard and our Anthony Bourdain, Lydia Tenaglia and the team at ZPZ for this beautiful documentary about Jeremiah Tower. Tony and ZPZ’s amazing vision for Parts Unknown has changed how we think about food, culture and our global community. Jeremiah changed what it means to eat out in America, and we are so pleased to bring his exceptional story to a wide audience.”

The deal was negotiated by Stacey Wolf and Courtney Sexton on behalf of CNN. Cinetic repped the filmmakers.

The Orchard's recent slate includes Cartel Land, The Overnight, Dior & I and What We Do in the Shadows. The distributor's upcoming films include Morgan Neville's The Music of Strangers, Taika Waititi’s The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Roger Ross Williams’ Life, Animated and Antonio Campos’ Christine. The company has Joachim Trier's Louder Than Bombs in theaters now.