Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to the music documentary “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me.” The specialty distributor, which acquired and released “Marley” last spring, plans an early summer theatrical release.
Directed by Drew DeNicola and Oliva Mori, the film tells the story of the 1970s pop-rock band Big Star, which never broke through to mainstream success but influenced bands such as R.E.M. and The Replacements. It includes rare music, never-before-seen footage and interviews with band members and those they influenced. Mori and Danielle McCarthy produced; Ardent Studios’ John Fry, Gill Holland and David Armillei are executive producers.
The documentary first screened as a work-in-progress preview at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival (where “Marley” also screened), and had its world premiere at BFI London in the fall. It then had its U.S. premiere Nov. 1 at the Indie Memphis Film Festival, where it won the Best Documentary Feature prize, and played to sell-out crowds at DOC/NYC later in the month.
“Drew, Olivia and Danielle have done a terrific job capturing the amazing story of one of the greatest bands of the 1970s, recreating a truly special time and place in music history,” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles. “Big Star fans will rejoice.”
Magnolia exec Dori Begley negotiated the deal with Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment.
Magnolia’s upcoming releases include Terrence Malick’s “To The Wonder,” Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Hunt” and Ry Russo-Young’s “Nobody Walks.”