Scorsese, Jones docu set for Nov. 9

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release Martin Scorsese and Kent Jones’ title “A Letter to Elia” on Nov. 9, one month after the docu airs on PBS’s “American Masters” series.

Film, chronicling the life and work of director Elia Kazan, made its world premiere over the weekend at the Venice Film Festival. It also played at the Telluride Film Fest, and now makes its way to Toronto. Docu also is an official festival of the New York Film Festival, where it will screen alongside Kazan’s “America, America” on Sept. 27.

“A Letter to Elia” will be included in Fox Home Entertainment’s Elia Kazan Film Collection, featuring 15 of Kazan’s most noteworthy and popular films. Five of the films have never been released on DVD: “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” “Viva Zapata!,” “Man on a Tightrope,” “Wild River, and America, America.”

Scorsese, who co-directed the film with Jones, said Kazan was a huge influence.

“It took many years. I asked my old friend and collaborator Kent Jones to work with me, and we spent quite a long time looking at the films, talking about them, looking at the life, the fame, the infamy, and finding the tone, the balance that felt right for this picture. I feel that the finished film speaks to the power of art, in this case the art of Elia Kazan,” Scorsese said.

“A Letter to Elia,” produced by Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, was co-financed and executive produced by Stone Douglass and Taylor Materne’s Far Hills Pictures. WME Global assembled financing and brokered the distribution deal to PBS and Fox.

On PBS, docu will be accompanied by a companion short documentary featuring some of the country’s most noteworthy actors and directors talking about Kazan’s influence on their work and on the American film industry.

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