Magnolia Pictures announced today that it has acquired world rights to “Smash His Camera,” the new documentary from Academy Award winning director Leon Gast (When We Were Kings), which won the Best Director award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Produced by Adam Schlesinger and Linda Saffire, the film was acquired by HBO for US broadcast rights back in February in a reported mid-six figure deal. “Camera” will still premiere first on HBO (on June 7, 2010), and then be theatrically released through Magnolia sometime after.
The film is the story of infamous New York City paparazzo Ron Galella, legendary for his restraining order from Jackie O and losing five teeth at the hands of Marlon Brando, all in the service of generating some of the most iconic and memorable celebrity photographs of the 1970s.
“Leon Gast has made the kind of documentary that we’re always thrilled to see–thoughtful and artfully crafted and at the same time incredibly entertaining,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles, in a statement. “Galella is a character for the ages.”
“We are excited and proud to be with Magnolia Pictures,” said producer Adam Sclesinger, in a statement. “Eamonn Bowles, Tom Quinn and the rest of the Magnolia team have been fantastic, we truly appreciate their passion and enthusiasm for the film.”
The deal was negotiated by Magnolia Pictures SVP Tom Quinn with Josh Braun and Jason Janego from Submarine.