In Cannes Film Market news, production is set to begin on Altman, a feature documentary on American film director Robert Altman (1925 - 2006) to be directed and produced by filmmaker Ron Mann. Completion date is scheduled for mid-2013. Accompanying the documentary will be a touring exhibit, an illustrated companion book and film soundtrack. Mann and his team are seeking a buyer at Cannes.
Robert Altman was the legendary director responsible for some of the greatest ensemble films ever made. Produced over 36 years, his features include M*A*S*H (1970), McCabe & Mrs. Miller, The Player, Short Cuts (based on a series of Raymond Carver short stories), Gosford Park, and A Prairie Home Companion (released five months before his death). Prior to his work in film, from the early 1950s Altman had a career in television working on a number of series, documentaries and shorts.
In an official film release, the style and scope of the doc is described — “Robert Altman’s extraordinary life — from growing up in Depression-era Kansas City to his receiving in 2006 an honorary Oscar 'in recognition of a career that has repeatedly reinvented the art form and inspired filmmakers and audiences alike' — will be woven together from interviews with key actors, his collaborators and family members, along with archival footage of Altman himself and clips from his groundbreaking films.”
Consultants to the production include Altman's widow, Kathryn Reed Altman, and Matthew Seig, a film producer who worked closely with Altman.
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