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Greenwich Entertainment has picked up all rights excluding TV to the documentary Nam June Paik: Moon Is the Oldest TV, directed and produced by Amanda Kim, which world premiered in U.S. Documentary Competition on the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. 

The movie will launch its U.S. theatrical launch at New York’s Film Form on March 24, being distributed in Canada by Films We Like beginning on the identical date, forward of its U.S. broadcast premiere on PBS’ American Masters. Dogwoof acquired UK distribution rights and worldwide gross sales rights outdoors of Korea in early January, with a distribution deal and streaming accomplice for the latter territory to be introduced shortly.

The doc tells the story of Nam June Paik, a pillar of the American avant-garde within the twentieth century, broadly thought to be “The George Washington of Video Art,” who coined the phrase “Electronic Superhighway,” and is arguably essentially the most well-known Korean artist in fashionable historical past. It charts Paik’s inventive evolution, from his formative schooling in Munich, by his rise within the New York artwork scene, and his Nostradamus-like visions of a future through which “all people could have his personal TV channel.”

Nam June Paik: Moon Is the Oldest TV is a JBS Arts & Curatorial Production. Kim’s fellow producers on the venture have been Jennifer Stockman, David Koh, Amy Hobby, Jesse Wann and Mariko Munro. Exec producers are Kenzo Digital, Steve Jang, Florence Sloan, Steven Yeun, Fab 5 Freddy, Alexandra Munroe, Brandon Chen, American Masters‘ Michael Kantor, and Center for Asian American Media’s Stephen Gong and Donald Young. 

“The response to this movie has been unimaginable on the Sundance Film Festival

,” stated producers Stockman and Koh. “We hope that folks around the globe and of all generations shall be impressed by Nam June’s story and that our movie will additional set up his status as one of many giants of the twentieth century. We are excited to accomplice with Greenwich Entertainment, American Masters Pictures, Films We Like and Dogwoof to make certain this movie is seen by the widest audiences. We are proud to introduce first-time Korean-American born filmmaker Amanda Kim.”

“Bolstered by spectacular analysis and wealthy archival materials, Amanda Kim and her group have discovered the shifting narrative arc of Paik’s life and artwork whereas giving us a robust sense of Paik the particular person,” added Greenwich Co-President, Ed Arentz. “We stay up for bringing Paik’s wonderful story and artwork to twenty first century audiences.”

While financials for the Nam June Paik offers weren’t disclosed, they have been negotiated between Koh of Curatorial, Greenwich’s Arentz, Kantor of American Masters Pictures and Ron Mann of Films We Like. 

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