THIRTEEN’s American Masters Kicks Off Season 31 with Exclusive U.S. Broadcast Premiere of By Sidney Lumet, Tuesday, January 3 on PBS

Exclusive Interview With Treat Williams, Star Of Lumet’s Prince Of The City, And Emmy-Winning Filmmaker Nancy Buirski Follows The Documentary

Prolific and versatile filmmaker Sidney Lumet (1924-2011) made 44 films in 50 years, earning the Academy Honorary Award for lifetime achievement after four Oscar nominations. Considered a quintessential New York filmmaker, Lumet frequently used New York City’s urban mettle to infuse his films with a realism and intensity that kept audiences in suspense while prodding them to consider their own morality. In American Masters: By Sidney Lumet, he tells his own story in a never-before-seen interview shot in 2008 by late filmmaker Daniel Anker and producer Thane Rosenbaum. With candor, humor and grace, Lumet reveals what matters to him as an artist and as a human being. Launching Season 31, American Masters: By Sidney Lumet premieres nationwide Tuesday, January 3 at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) and features a new, exclusive interview with Golden Globe- and Emmy Award-nominated actor Treat Williams, who starred in Lumet’s Prince of the City, afterward.by-sidney-lumet_poster_goldposter_com_1-jpg0o_0l_800w_80q

Peabody and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Nancy Buirski (Afternoon of a Faun, The Loving Story, Loving) weaves Lumet’s personal stories and commentary with scenes from his films to create a portrait of one of the most accomplished, influential and socially conscious directors in the history of cinema. Clips spanning his canon, from 12 Angry Men, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, Network, Prince of the City, The Verdict, and many more, reveal the spiritual and ethical lessons at the core of his work.

Looking back over his career, Lumet speaks intimately about the experiences that informed his work, which he loved. His Depression-era, working-class Lower East Side beginnings as a child actor with his father in Yiddish theater, on Broadway, and his gradual transition to directing live TV, informed the stories he chose and his ability to translate important stage works into film, such as The Sea Gull, The Fugitive Kind and Long Day’s Journey into Night. In clips from these films, American Masters: By Sidney Lumet underscores Lumet’s own journey: his relationship with his father mirrored in Long Day’s Journey into Night, Daniel, Running on Empty and Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.

Marching for workers’ rights in the 1930s, standing up to McCarthy-era blacklist interrogation and finding ways to employ his blacklisted friends, Lumet developed an appreciation for people who question authority. His movies often featured characters fighting for justice, standing up to the crowd and questioning personal responsibility. First and foremost a storyteller, Lumet’s strongly moral tales captured the dilemmas and concerns of a society struggling with essentials: how does one behave to others and to oneself? (You can read the full biography here.) Continue reading

Submarine Deluxe Takes The Wheel With The U.S. Distribution Rights To “Weekend Of A Champion”

THE LOST DOC FROM PRODUCER ROMAN POLANSKI & DIRECTOR FRANK SIMON RESTORED BY BRETT RATNER’S RAT DOCUMENTARY FILMS TO HIT THEATERS NOVEMBER 22, 2013.

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Submarine Deluxe, the distribution division of Submarine Entertainment founded and run by twin brothers Josh and Dan Braun, announced that it has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Frank Simon’s documentary WEEKEND OF A CHAMPION, an entertaining vérité look at world champion driver Sir Jackie Stewart as Roman Polanski follows his attempt to win the Monaco Grand Prix. In 1971, Motor Racing fan Roman Polanski spent a weekend with world champion driver Sir Jackie Stewart as he attempted to win the Monaco Grand Prix.  Polanski was given intimate access to Stewart’s world for three days, both on the track and off.  The result is an extraordinarily rare glimpse into the life of a gifted athlete at the height of his powers. Forty years on, Polanski and Stewart meet once again.  In a remarkable post-script, they discuss the sport, both past and present, with a unique and unmatched perspective.

Known as the “Flying Scot,” Sir Jackie Stewart’s passion for motor racing drove him to become one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time, winning three World Drivers’ Championships and Sports Illustrated Magazine’s 1973 “Sportsman of the Year” award, the only auto racer to win the title.  The same year, Jackie also won BBC’s “Sports Personality of the Year” award and was named as ABC’s “Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year”.

This was all before excelling at a new career in broadcasting, covering NASCAR races and the Indianapolis 500 in conjunction with also becoming a consultant for Ford Motor Company and continuing to be a spokesman for safer cars and circuits in Formula One.

In 1990, Jackie was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and was honored with his knighthood in 2001.

It’s an honor and a thrill to be working with Roman Polanski, Jackie Stewart and Brett Ratner to bring Weekend of a Champion to a US audience. This is an exciting and thought provoking film that should reach beyond the base of racing and cinema fans,” said Dan Braun

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Submarine Entertainment is a hybrid sales and production company, consulting and strategizing on the sale and distribution of feature films and documentaries and producing unique and high quality feature films, documentaries and television properties. Submarine Deluxe is the company’s distribution label, which releases features films and documentaries including Being Elmo, Love Marilyn and the Academy Award nominated Chasing Ice.

WEEKEND OF A CHAMPION had its world premiere at the 2013 Cannes International Film FestivalThe Hollywood Reporter called the film “An insider’s view of this high-risk, high-octane sport during its most lethally dangerous period.”

Submarine Deluxe will release the film theatrically across the country beginning November 22nd in NYC, with a nationwide rollout to follow. Presented by RatPac Entertainment’s documentary arm Rat Documentary Films, who first acquired and restored the film, WEEKEND OF A CHAMPION will also be released later on Netflix after its theatrical run. The film is Submarine’s follow-up to the Academy Award nominated film, CHASING ICE.

Rat Documentary Films is a division of RatPac Entertainment – the film finance and production partnership of filmmaker Brett Ratner and Australian mogul James Packer.  Ratner previously produced the controversial Sundance documentary Catfish; the acclaimed HBO documentaries Helmut by June, about the legendary photographer Helmut Newton and I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale, and for PBS the acclaimed Emmy®- nominated American Masters: Woody Allen – A Documentary.

As a director, Ratner has grossed over $2 billion worldwide, directing such hits as the “Rush Hour” trilogy, “Red Dragon,” “X-Men: The Last Stand,” and most recently, “Tower Heist.” Ratner’s next project is “Hercules,” which he is producing and directing starring Dwayne Johnson. James Packer is the Chairman of Crown Limited. Crown is one of Australia’s largest resort and entertainment groups and has properties and investments in Melbourne, Perth, Macau and London with a market capitalization of approximately $10 billion.

Josh and Dan Braun have a passion for great cinema, most especially the documentary genre which makes Submarine the best home for Weekend of a Champion,” said Brett Ratner