Pic won auds award at Hamptons Film Fest
NEW YORK — Gotham-based specialty distrib Cowboy Booking has acquired “The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg,” Aviva Kempner’s docu about the legendary Jewish slugger.An audience award winner at last year’s Hamptons Film Fest, pic is skedded for release at Gotham’s Film Forum on Jan. 12 before it’s rolled out to 40 markets nationwide. First baseman for the Detroit Tigers in the ’30s and ’40s, Hammerin’ Hank became an icon when he belted 58 homers in 1938. Docu features interviews with Dick Schaap, Ralph Kiner, Alan Dershowitz and Walter Matthau. Kempner, who spent 13 years making the Greenberg film, previously directed “Partisans of Vilna,” about Jewish resistance against the Nazis. Cowboy co-prexys Noah Cowen and John Vanco negotiated on behalf of the company. Kempner is lawyered by Robert Friedman. Neil Friedman of Menemsha Films was the producer’s rep on the film. “Greenberg” was produced by the Ciesla Foundation.