First Run Features has acquired Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith’s documentary “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers.” The film, which is currently on the Oscar shortlist for Best Documentary and recently received the Special Jury Award at IDFA, will begin to roll out theatrically in February, 2010, in cities across the country. First Run has acquired all theatrical, semi-theatrical, home video and internet rights.
“The Most Dangerous Man in America” tells the story of Daniel Ellsberg, a high-level Pentagon official and Vietnam War strategist, who, in 1971, concluded that the war was based on decades of lies and leaks 7,000 pages of top secret documents to The New York Times, making headlines around the world.
Previously, documentary had Oscar-qualifying theatrical runs at New York City’s Film Forum and Los Angeles in September. First Run plans to bring back the film to those cities and open it in other cities around the country.
First Run Features VP Marc Mauceri said in a statement: “We’re thrilled beyond words about having the chance to work with [co-directors] Judy and Rick on the release of one of the most enthralling and entertaining documentaries we’ve seen in years.”