Distrib shingle makes move on Pipkin docu
Craig Baumgarten’s distribution shingle FFM Media has bought rights to “Nobelity,” an indie docu from writer and “The Sopranos” bit actor Turk Pipkin.
Company will put film into limited theatrical release in the spring, after a spate of planned screenings on Earth Day, March 20. DVD will follow from Monterey Media, best known as homevid distributor of Grateful Dead concerts.
Baumgarten was an exec at Columbia and 20th Century Fox and served as co-producer on fallen-journo pic “Shattered Glass.” He runs FFM with former Polygram prexy Andrew Fogelson and marketing exec William Apfelbaum.
Self-financed “Nobelity” is a series of on-location interviews with Nobel Prize winners, such as Bishop Desmond Tutu and Joseph Rotblat, about solving global problems such as poverty and the environmental degradation.
“One of the messages of the film is that the problems are a lot bigger than we think,” Pipkin said. “We can absolutely solve them, but we need to be on a course to do so.”
FFM and Monterey’s strategy is to use homevid to build word of mouth, as did Robert Greenwald doc “Outfoxed.” Amnesty Intl. and other nonprofits could help with grassroots distribution.
Texas-based Pipkin is an author who has written for skeins including “Night Court.” More recently, he played the recurring character of Aaron Arkaway on “The Sopranos” and had bit parts in features “Friday Night Lights” and “The Alamo.”