In a joint pick-up that will guarantee the film a theatrical release and television broadcast, CNN Films and Cinedigm have acquired “Our Nixon,” Penny Lane’s documentary comprised of archival interviews and rediscovered Super 8 home movie footage filmed by Nixon’s closest aides between 1969 and 1973, including chief of staff H.R. Haldeman, domestic affairs adviser John Ehrlichman and special assistant Dwight Chapin.
Cinedigm will handle the theatrical release, which doesn’t yet have a date set, while CNN plans to broadcast the film in August of 2013.
Lane, who directed the film and co-produced it with Brian Frye, said in the release that “The personal footage reveals a multidimensional president and staff who were heartbreakingly earnest, idealistic, and naïve — as well as self-protective, suspicious, and cynical. Our goal was to invite viewers to re-examine their prior assumptions about Nixon and come to their own conclusions about what that era means.”
“Our Nixon” premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam in January and went on to play at SXSW and New Directors/New Films. The film pairs its home movies with archival interviews in which Haldeman, Ehrlichman and Chapin reflect on the president, their time in the White House and Watergate. The CNN Films deal was negotiated with Josh Braun of Submarine and for theatrical distribution between Submarine and Cinedigm’s Emily Rothschild.