Maybe you’re not familiar with the name, but Harry Benson is responsible for photographs of the most important iconoclast figures of the last century. Benson’s photographs have become a prominent part of the visual lexicon of the 20th century. When The Beatles came to America in 1964, for instance, he brought us candid images of the iconic group. Benson also brought some of the darker moments in history to print, including mages of Robert Kennedy’s lifeless body, which marked the end of an era.
“Harry Benson: Shoot First” is the documentary portrait of the legendary photographer, directed by Justin Bare and Matthew Miele. The documentary had its premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival last year and has now found a formidable home at Magnolia. The company will be handling worldwide distribution rights to the film, which features interviews from politicos, actors, filmmakers and sports stars, from Donald Trump to Dan Rather, Joe Namath, Sharon Stone and many others.
“Matthew and Justin have crafted a fascinating and essential portrait of Harry Benson, who captured some of the most iconic moments of the 20th century and made them accessible to the world,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles.
2015 marked a good year for Magnolia thanks to critically acclaimed docs like “Iris,” “Best of Enemies,” “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” and “The Wolfpack.” Magnolia plans to release the film theatrically sometime in 2016.