Sony Classics Plans Release of Jarecki's Sundance Winner "Why We Fight"
by Eugene Hernandez
Sony Pictures Classics has announced its acquisition of North American rights to Eugene Jarecki's "Why We Fight," winner of the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The company is planning a release later this year that will include what filmmaker Jarecki calls a "robust, grassroots educational campaign."
Describing the film as a "an unflinching look at the anatomy of the American war machine," Sony Classics and filmmaker Jarecki, director of "The Trials of Henry Kissinger," are emphasizing that the picture is a non-partisan exploration of the rise of United States militarism since Dwight Eisenhower's famous farewell speech in which he used the phrase "military industrial complex" and warned that it would threaten this country.
Citing Sony Classics' release of Errol Morris' "Fog of War," Jarecki told indieWIRE yesterday (Tuesday) that Sony Pictures Classics is "uniquely well-suited to take a film like ours out to a wide audience." And he touted the companies sensitivity in dealing with the release,
"We consider our subject of desperate importance," Jarecki told indieWIRE, "This is not a film about the Bush administration, it is a film about the evolution of America since World War II." He reiterated that the film is non-partisan and said if anything it may appeal more to Republicans.
"The film was made in the spirit of trying to reach across party lines," explained Jarecki, "To ignore the aisle and to say these are issues that mean something to all of us."
In a joint statement, Michael Barker and Tom Bernard, Co-Presidents of Sony Pictures Classics said, "This is an extraordinary film about the evolution of the power of the military industrial complex. The revelation that Republican President Dwight Eisenhower in 1960 warned the United States and predicted the type of war we are facing today in Iraq and elsewhere is one of many reasons Americans of every political persuasion must see this film."
The film was written and directed by Jarecki, features Sen. John McCain, author Gore Vidal, William Kristol from Project for the New American Century, former Bush administration adviser Richard Perle and others. It was executive produced by Roy Ackerman, Nick Fraser and Hans Robert Eisenhauer, produced by Susannah Shipman and Eugene Jarecki, with cinematography by Etienne Sauret and May Ying Welsh. It was edited by Nancy Kennedy and composed by Robert Miller.