Lightning strikes on ‘Motown’ doc

Artisan looks at soundtrack deal

Lightning Entertainment, the newly launched sales and distribution company helmed by Richard Guardian, has acquired international distribution rights in all media to the new music documentary and performance film “Standing in the Shadows of Motown” being released Stateside by Artisan Entertainment in late summer.

Artisan is also negotiating for a soundtrack album deal.

Based upon the 1989 book by Allan Slutsky, pic chronicles the reunion of the Funk Brothers, the group of jazz and blues musicians who played Motown sessions in the 1960s and early ’70s.

The Funk Brothers story is told through interviews, still photos, vintage and current footage, with 20 Motown tracks. Film also includes 12 new live performances of Motown classics by artists such as Chaka Khan, Joan Osborne, Ben Harper, Me’shell N’degeocello, Bootsy Collins, Montel Jordan and Gerald Levert.

Deal was negotiated between Guardian and the film’s producers’ rep Jonathan Dana who also served as consulting producer on the film. Pic was produced by Sandy Passman, Allan Slutsky and Paul Justman with exec producers Paul Elliott and David Scott.