Magnolia Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to the documentary “Harry Benson: Shoot First,” three months after its premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival.
Benson is best known for photographing the Beatles on their initial U.S. tour.
The film is directed by Matthew Miele (“Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s”) and Justin Bare (“Coked Up!”). The film includes Sharon Stone, Alec Baldwin, Donald Trump, Piers Morgan, Dan Rather, James L. Brooks, Henry Kissinger, Ralph Lauren and Joe Namath.
Magnolia is targeting a 2016 theatrical release for the film, which charts the career of the photographer who initially rose to fame alongside the Beatles, having been assigned to cover their inaugural trip to the United States in 1964. His portfolio includes images of Winston Churchill, Bobby Fischer, Muhammad Ali, Greta Garbo, Michael Jackson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Robert F. Kennedy assassination.
Benson, a native of Scotland, is 86 and continues working. Producers are Justin Bare, Gigi Benson and Heather Silverman. Executive producers are Matthew Miele, Stephen McCarthy and Clive Gershon. Co-executive producer is Arnie Herrmann.
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Magnolia plans to launch international sales at the Berlin Film Festival next month. The deal was negotiated by Magnolia’s Dori Begley and John Von Thaden, with Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers.