Netflix will premiere film “Tig” — about Tig Notaro, comedian and cancer survivor — on July 17, adding to its lineup of documentaries.
“Tig” is about how Notaro found herself on stage in 2012 when she opened her standup set at Largo in Los Angeles with the line, “Good evening. Hello. I have cancer.” That came at the end of a tumultuous four-month period that included both the loss of her mother and her subsequent breast cancer diagnosis. Notaro later had a double mastectomy.
Netflix describes the 90-minute film as “an unflinching look at a woman determined to find humor, life and love in the places we all fear the most.” “Tig” features appearances by Sarah Silverman and Zach Galifianakis.
“Tig” is from executive producers Tig Notaro, Leah Holzer, Hunter Seidman and Tim Foley and co-directors Kristina Goolsby and Ashley York. The docu was produced by Michael B. Clark and Alex Turtletaub at Beachside Entertainment in association with Whiskeytown.
The film screened at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and also is slated to be the opening-night film ofOutfest in Los Angeles on July 9.
Other Netflix documentary acquisitions include “What Happened, Miss Simone?”; “Virunga,” about threats to endangered gorillas in the Virunga National Park in the eastern Congo, which earned an Oscar nomination; foodie docu-series “Chef’s Table”; and Mike Fleiss’ “The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir,” about the legendary Grateful Dead co-founder.
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THE OTHER ONE
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ll as the director of the 2011 documentary, God Bless Ozzy Osbourne — The Other One offers an in-depth look at Weir’s life, from his childhood in Palo Alto, California to his success with the Dead and beyond.
The movie also pays close attention to Weir’s partnership with Jerry Garcia and features interviews with Weir’s Grateful Dead bandmates, other musical colleagues, family and the musician himself. The Other One also boasts plenty of performance and archival footage, and, in a statement, Fleiss teased, “We certainly unearthed a lot of buried treasure from the Grateful Dead archive while making this film.”
In other Grateful Dead news, drummer Bill Kreutzmann’s band Billy & the Kids will headline an exclusive show alongside a handful of surprise guests at Washington D.C.’s 9:30 club on May 13th. Tickets are currently on sale via Ticketfly. The gig takes place the night before Kreutzmann joins the surviving Grateful Dead members and a slew of all-star musicians — including Bruce Hornsby, Eric Church, Moe. and Los Lobos — to pay tribute to Garcia with a special “Dear Jerry” concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.
All this comes ahead of the Grateful Dead’s string of highly anticipated “Fare Thee Well” shows. The band will play two Bay Area gigs at Santa Clara, California’s Levi’s Stadium on June 27th and 28th, followed by a three-night stand at Soldier Field in Chicago, July 3rd through 5th.
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Japan’s Sony Creative Productions Inc. has joined forces with Italian studios Rai Fiction and Misseri Studio to co-produce a new TV series based on the cute bunny character Mofy. Production has commenced on the 26 x 5 show.
Renowned stop-motion house Misseri Studio has crafted a unique look for the series by using cotton puffs to achieve the soft, fluffy appearance of the characters and create a warm atmosphere. The show is being scripted by U.K. writer Nick Wilson and Emmy-winning scribe Robert Vargas. The educational show will be provided in full HD with season 1 set for completion in February 2013. Rai Fiction will handle distribution and licensing in Italy, with Sony handling the rest of the world—the company anticipates representing Mofy in over 30 countries and will be pursuing video and merchandise opportunities in the first year as well.
Mofy was originally created by Sony Creative Products with Aki Kondo (Rilakkuma) and made its debut in Japan in a picture book (Shufu to Seikatsu Sha, 2008). Mofy merchandising and licensing took off thanks to feature film tie-ins and other promotional campaigns and there are currently more than 20 licensees in Japan for consumer products like plush toys, stationery and mobile phone content.
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