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‘Community’ Creator Dan Harmon’s ‘Harmontown’ Gets North American Distribution

Neil Berkeley’s documentary “Harmontown,” showcasing “Community” creator Dan Harmon, has been acquired for North American and U.K. distribution by The Orchard.

“Harmontown,” which debuted at South by Southwest in March, will received a fall theatrical and VOD release. The “Harmontown” club tour for his podcast series began after Harmon was fired from “Community” in the 2012-13 season.

The film includes appearances by Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Sarah Silverman, Jason Sudeikis and Joel McHale.

“‘Harmontown’ is a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a man that would quote himself saying that a movie about him is fascinating,” Harmon said. “It’s more than a documentary. It’s your chance to figure out what’s wrong with me while cutting me in on the profit.”

Harmon is planning to start another podcast tour in concert with the film’s theatrical release.

Variety‘s Dennis Harvey said in his review that the film is “entertaining and fairly insightful.”

In May, NBC cancelled “Community” after five seasons. However, the show was recently saved by Yahoo Screen, which will release a sixth season of the cult favorite.

“Sometimes, getting fired results in amazing opportunities. In the case of Dan Harmon, it resulted in the engaging and hilarious pop culture-infused doc Harmontown,” said The Orchard’s SVP of film & TV, Paul Davidson. “Here at The Orchard, where Harmon-fanaticism runs rampant, we’re proud to be bringing Dan’s rollicking roadshow to his fans everywhere.”

The deal was negotiated by UTA Independent Film Group and Josh Braun of Submarine on behalf of Future You Pictures and Starburns Industries with Danielle DiGiacomo of The Orchard.

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