THINKFilm Gets Doc “Overnight,” About Miramax’s Would-Be Wunderkind Troy Duffy
by Eugene Hernandez
THINKFilm has nabbed North American rights to Mark Brian Smith and Tony Montana‘s doc “Overnight,” which captures the rise and fall of filmmaker Troy Duffy. The movie last screened at Sundance and also played at the Seattle International Film Festival last year.
Duffy became a literal overnight success story when Harvey Weinstein nabbed the writer/director’s script back in the ’90s, making a pact with Duffy that would let his band perform the soundtrack and even included Weinstein buying Duffy the very bar where he had worked (J. Sloane’s on Melrose in West Hollywood). With funny and frightening footage, Smith and Montana tell the story with insider footage — they were both part of Duffy’s team and with their cameras on, witnessed the filmmaker’s meltdown when the deal fell apart.
“Troy Duffy is often his own worst enemy, but ‘Overnight’ reveals that he was fighting something even worse — the irresistible lure of show business,” said THINKFilm director of acquisitions Daniel Katz in a prepared statement. “This is a powerful cautionary tale for anyone who has illusions or delusions about our industry.”
THINKFilm’s senior VP of acquisitions and business affairs Randy Manis negotiated the deal with Micah Green and Josh Braun repping the filmmakers for Cinetic Media.
The pact marks the second buy out of Sundance for THINKFilm. The company also nabbed Shane Carruth‘s “Primer,” which won the dramatic grand jury prize. THINK is planning to release both acquisitions this fall.
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