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Truly Indie and Magnolia Entertainment Go "Dumbstruck"

A scene from Mark Goffman's "Dumbstruck." Image courtesy of Truly Indie.

Mark Goffman's documentary "Dumbstruck" will hit theaters and DVD via The Wagner/Cuban Company's Truly Indie and Magnolia Entertainment, it was announced today. The film theatrically premieres March 26 in Dallas before expanding to New York, Los Angeles and other select markets.

Set in the "ventriloquism capital of the world" -- the Vent Haven ConVENTion in Ft. Mitchell, KY -- "Dumbstruck" centers on five ventriloquists and tracks their diverging career paths.

"Goffman has made an artful film about the struggles and triumphs of unique brand of performers," said Kelly Sanders of Truly Indie. "He pulls you into their unusual, sort of absurd world and shows you an unexpectedly entertaining and touchingly human story. We are delighted to help bring this film to a wider audience."

Below is the full release:

Truly Indie and Magnolia Home Entertainment to Distribute DUMBSTRUCK

New York – January 13, 2011 - The Wagner/Cuban Company's Truly Indie and Magnolia Home Entertainment announced today that they will bring Mark Goffman’s documentary DUMBSTRUCK to theatres and DVD. Truly Indie will handle the theatrical distribution of the film, which premieres March 26, 2011 in Dallas, TX. Magnolia Home Entertainment will release the film on DVD.

DUMBSTRUCK takes us to the Vent Haven ConVENTion in Ft. Mitchell, KY -- Ventriloquism Capital of the World -- where Goffman discovers five extraordinary, real-life characters straight out of a Christopher Guest film. The ventriloquists' career paths vary from one of bare subsistence to the meteoric rise of Terry Fator, who goes from struggling performer to million-dollar Vegas headliner during the making of the film.

"Goffman has made an artful film about the struggles and triumphs of unique brand of performers. He pulls you into their unusual, sort of absurd world and shows you an unexpectedly entertaining and touchingly human story," said Kelly Sanders of Truly Indie. "We are delighted to help bring this film to a wider audience."

Dumbstruck will begin its five-city debut with a premiere in front of Terry Fator's home audience in Dallas on 3.26.2011, before expanding into New York, Los Angeles and other select markets.
The deal was negotiated by Tom Quinn and Dori Begley of Magnolia Pictures and Kevin Iwashina of Parlay Media. DUMBSTRUCK was produced by Lindsay Goffman, executive produced by Elon Musk (“Thank You for Smoking”) with David O Sacks as a consulting producer (“Thank You for Not Smoking.”

About Truly Indie
Truly Indie is a self-distribution initiative under the Wagner/Cuban Companies, a vertically-integrated group of media properties co-owned by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban that also includes the Landmark Theatres chain, Magnolia Pictures distribution company, production company 2929 Productions, and high-definition cable networks HDNet and HDNet Movies. Truly Indie has distributed Neill Dela Llana and Ian Gamazon’s CAVITE, Doug Block’s 51 BIRCH STREET, and James Scurlock’s MAXED OUT. Recently, they worked on the release of Matt Tyrnauer’s VALENTINO:THE LAST EMPEROR, Stefan Forbes’s critically acclaimed BOOGIEMAN: THE LEE ATWATER STORY, Academy Award Winning Director Terry Sanders’ documentary FIGHTING FOR LIFE and the Hennegan Brothers’ acclaimed documentary about the Kentucky Derby, THE FIRST SATURDAY IN MAY.

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1 Comment

  • venting808 | March 9, 2011 10:55 AMReply

    I am excited for this movie, I have been trying to spread awareness about this film due to its originality and context. Everyone I know fears dummies and ventriloquism....its "weird" to them. That said, I look forward to seeing the film to better understand the people and the culture!
    The trailer is on the films facebook page, as well as the cities that the movie will premier!
    http://on.fb.me/gX25Dg