North American rights for "The Woodmans," C. Scott Willis' documentary that focuses on a highly influential family of artists, have gone to Lorber Films. Winner of the Best New York Documentary award at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, the film is set to open in New York City at Film Forum on January 19, 2011, followed by a national rollout.
Willis' documentary traces the story of George and Betty Woodman, as well as their offspring Charles and Francesca, the latter of who is considered to be one of the late 20th century's most trail-blazing photographers. With unrestricted access to Francesca's body of work, Willis' examines her art in the context of her family's personal reminiscences and reflections.
Richard Lorber of Kino Lorber said of the film in a statement, ""The Woodmans" delivers a profound insight into the power of art on the most intimate levels. We get a backstage pass into the creative process where art is literally a matter of life and death, blood ties and family survival. It’s almost unimaginable how this most memorable and precious film came to be made."
The deal was negotiated by Lorber and Elizabeth Sheldon of Kino Lorber, as well as the film’s producer C. Scott Willis and Josh Braun of Submarine.