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‘I Am Paul Walker’ Tribute Film Hits VOD On 5th Anniversary of the Actor’s Tragic Death

‘I Am Paul Walker’ Tribute Film Hits VOD On 5th Anniversary of the Actor’s Tragic Death

Virgil Films has announced the release of Network Entertainment Inc’s I Am Paul Walker for U.S. digital release of on Friday, November 30, the fifth anniversary of the actor’s tragic passing.

This digital release is the first time the full feature length documentary will be available for fans to view and they can now own or rent on Digital Download platforms across the U.S. on November 30, and/or purchase the DVD of the film, available on December 4.

I Am Paul Walker made its U.S. television premiere on Paramount Network earlier this year on August 11. The documentary, running approximately 30-minutes longer than the version broadcast on television earlier this year, features interviews with those who were closest to Paul, including Fast & Furious actor Tyrese Gibson and director Rob Cohen, director Wayne Kramer, family members Cody Walker, Caleb Walker, Ashlie Walker, Cheryl Walker, and Paul Walker III and close friends, Oakley Lehman, Dr. Michael Domeier and Manager Matt Luber.

“We are thrilled that Paul’s story will be shared even further with his fans – those he was always very grateful to,” said Caleb Walker.  “The timing of the documentary’s digital launch on November 30, the fifth anniversary of Paul’s passing, is a fitting tribute to his legacy.”

The film, directed by Adrian Buitenhuis, explores the life and legacy of actor Paul Walker, the Southern California native who cut his teeth as a child actor before breaking out in the blockbuster Fast & Furious movie franchise.  Featuring interviews with those who knew Paul best both professionally and personally, along with an extensive personal archive of never-before-seen candid video and still photographs provided by family and friends of the late actor, I Am Paul Walker explores Paul’s private side in tandem with the highlights of his highly successful film career. His devotion to his family, his passion for surfing and auto racing, his commitment to marine biology and sharks, his dedication to humanitarian work through his NGO, Reach Out Worldwide, and his love for his family define the character of the man who starred in Fast & Furious, one of the most wildly successful film franchises of all time.

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Review: ‘I Am Chris Farley’ Offers An Inside Look At The Making of A Comedic Force

Review: ‘I Am Chris Farley’ Offers An Inside Look At The Making of A Comedic Force

A must see documentary!

A must see documentary!

Although it has been almost 20 years since the untimely passing of “SNL’ star and unbridled comedic force known as Chris Farley. Even two decades removed, his star shines as brightly as ever. ‘I Am Chris Farley’ is the first feature-length documentary film focusing on the life of the “infuriatingly talented” star (to quote the great Loren Michaels). The documentary, directed by Brent Hodge, is a powerful and moving tribute to a legend from the people who knew him best.

The film serves as a long overdue love letter friends and family, who offer a heartbreakingly close look at Farley’s rise from troublemaking youth to comedy superstar. It’s a love letter that focuses on the amazing talent of an artist, the impression her left on those he impacted in his short time on Earth and the demons he struggled with along the way. ‘I Am Chris Farley’ features raw, emotionally charged interviews with those who knew him best. The interviews range from Kevin Farley, David Spade, Dan Aykroyd, Bob Odenkirk, Bob Saget, Christina Applegate, Adam Sandler, Molly Shannon, Bo Derek, Mike Myers and many more. Those emotional moments are perfectly balanced with sidesplittingly hilarious moments they shared during their time together.

In addition to the emotional interviews, the film intertwines photo from the comedians childhood and never-before-released footage shows Farley doing his famous physical comedy. One of the most notable aspects of the film is the inside look at how some of Farley’s most famous characters came to life. This revealing look into Farley’s past shows he was much more than just “the funny fat guy,” but rather a complex artist who would go to any length to keep the laughter going. In short, this masterfully crafted documentary provides a unique glimpse inside the life of a star who was taken from us far too soon.

‘I Am Chris Farley’ will premiere on Spike on August 10th and be released on VOD and DVD on August 11th.

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Trailer and Release Date For ‘I Am Chris Farley’ Documentary Unveiled

Trailer and Release Date For ‘I Am Chris Farley’ Documentary Unveiled

A must see documentary!

A must see documentary!

Brent Hodge’s and Derik Murray’s I AM CHRIS FARLEY, the definitive biographical film about the late comedy star featuring co-stars and colleagues such as Christina Applegate, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Molly Shannon, David Spade, and many others, will open theatrically New York and Los Angeles on July 31st, 2015. The film will be available nationwide on VOD and across all digital platforms on August 11th, following it’s airing on Spike TV!

The film comes from the directors of ‘A Brony Tale,’ ‘I Am Evel Knievel,’ and the upcoming ‘Johnny Cash – American Rebel.’ I AM CHRIS FARLEY tells Chris Farley’s story, from his early days in Madison, Wisconsin and at Marquette University, through his work at the legendary club Second City to his rapid rise to the top of the comedy world on “Saturday Night Live” and in hit films like Tommy Boy and Black Sheep.

Sharing insights into the beloved funnyman are such co-stars and colleagues as Christina Applegate, Tom Arnold, Dan Aykroyd, Bo Derek, Pat Finn, Jon Lovitz, Lorne Michaels, Jay Mohr, Mike Myers, Bob Odenkirk, Bob Saget, Adam Sandler, Will Sasso, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Brian Stack, and Fred Wolf. The filmmakers also speak to Farley’s four siblings, including his brother Kevin, a comedian and actor, and his brother Tom Jr., who wrote the biography “The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts.”

With the full cooperation and participation of the Farley family, I AM CHRIS FARLEY showcases the performer’s most memorable characters and skits from television and film, paired with iconic photographs, home movies, family snapshots and personal artifacts, to fully round out the story of this comedy legend – a bear of a man who nevertheless had remarkable grace and physicality. Clips from Farley’s most memorable performances fill the documentary, from his breathtaking Chippendales audition alongside Patrick Swayze, to his comically ill-fated salesman in Tommy Boy, to his diatribes as Matt Foley, the motivational speaker who “lives in a van down by the river!”

Farley lived his life full speed and committed to make everyone around him laugh out loud, and I Am Chris Farley will tell his hilarious, touching and wildly entertaining story for the first time ever.

I AM CHRIS FARLEY was executive produced by Paul Gertz (I Am Steve McQueen, I Am Bruce Lee), Kent Wingerak (I Am Steve McQueen, I Am Bruce Lee) and Robert Pirooz (I Am Steve McQueen, I Am Evel Knievel)

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‘I Am Chris Farley’ Documentary To Open In Late Summer 2015

‘I Am Chris Farley’ Documentary To Open In Late Summer 2015

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Virgil Films announced that it has acquired U.S. distribution rights to I AM CHRIS FARLEY, the definitive biographical film about the late comedy star featuring co-stars and colleagues such as Christina Applegate, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Molly Shannon, David Spade, and many others. The new film, directed by Brent Hodge and Derik Murray, will open in key markets nationwide in the later part of summer 2015 and will debut on Spike Monday, August 10 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT to be followed by Video-On-Demand availability.

The acquisition arrangement was negotiated by Joe Amodei, CEO and President of Virgil Films, and Derik Murray, Founder and CEO of Network Entertainment.
The film, from the directors of A Brony Tale, I Am Evel Knievel and the upcoming Johnny Cash – American Rebel, tells Chris Farley’s story, from his early days in Madison, Wisconsin, and at Marquette University, through his work at the legendary club Second City to his rapid rise to the top of the comedy world on “Saturday Night Live” and in hit films like Tommy Boy and Black Sheep.
Sharing insights into the beloved funnyman are such co-stars and colleagues as Christina Applegate, Tom Arnold, Dan Aykroyd, Bo Derek, Pat Finn, Jon Lovitz, Lorne Michaels, Jay Mohr, Mike Myers, Bob Odenkirk, Bob Saget, Adam Sandler, Will Sasso, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Brian Stack and Fred Wolf. The filmmakers also speak to Farley’s four siblings, including his brother Kevin, a comedian and actor, and his brother Tom Jr., who wrote the biography “The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts.”
Co-director and producer Derik Murray said:  “Chris Farley’s talent knew no bounds. A fearless performer who sought only to please an audience, he left behind a remarkable body of work, and we are proud to present his story with the support of an iconic cast that knew and loved Chris.”
Virgil Films’ Joe Amodei added I AM CHRIS FARLEY “reveals the real man behind the comic genius – and poignantly reminds us of the great work that went left undone.”
With the full cooperation and participation of the Farley family, I AM CHRIS FARLEY showcases the performer’s most memorable characters and skits from television and film, paired with iconic photographs, home movies, family snapshots and personal artifacts, to fully round out the story of this comedy legend – a bear of a man who nevertheless had remarkable grace and physicality. Clips from Farley’s most memorable performances fill the documentary, from his breathtaking Chippendales audition alongside Patrick Swayze, to his comically ill-fated salesman in Tommy Boy, to his diatribes as Matt Foley, the motivational speaker who “lives in a van down by the river!”
Farley lived his life full speed and committed to make everyone around him laugh out loud, and I Am Chris Farley will tell his hilarious, touching and wildly entertaining story for the first time ever.
Executive produced by Paul Gertz (I Am Steve McQueen, I Am Bruce Lee), Kent Wingerak (I Am Steve McQueen, I Am Bruce Lee) and Robert Pirooz (I Am Steve McQueen, I Am Evel Knievel), I AM CHRIS FARLEY is “an amazing tribute to a comedy legend” (Variety) and “an intimate look inside the life of one of the best, gone too soon” (Los Angeles Times).
About Network Entertainment – Network Entertainment develops, finances, produces and distributes unscripted series, documentaries, docudramas, films and online specials. Founder and CEO Derik Murray created and produced the primetime series Making the Cut, the Academy Award shortlisted feature documentary Facing Ali and I Am Bruce Lee. President and Chief Operating Officer Paul Gertz was the executive producer and showrunner of Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict and the producer of several high-budget animated films for major studios, including 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. Mr. Gertz has also served as a senior-level executive for Lucasfilm and Hanna-Barbera. Network’s recent feature documentaries I Am Steve McQueen, featuring Gary Oldman, Pierce Brosnan, Ali MacGraw, Marisa Miller, and narrated by Robert Downey Jr., and I Am Evel Knievel, featuring Matthew McConaughey, Kid Rock, Guy Fieri, Michelle Rodriguez and Robbie Maddison had their U.S. broadcast premieres in 2014, and are distributed internationally by Fremantle Media. Feature documentaries currently in production include Johnny Cash – American Rebel, which will be released in 2015.
About Virgil Films – Virgil Films & Entertainment was founded in 2003 by Joe Amodei to acquire, market, and distribute DVD, TV and Digital product in the theatrical feature film, documentaries, special interest and sports categories. The company has built partnerships with OWN, Sundance Channel Home Entertainment, National Geographic Cinema Ventures, Pureflix Entertainment, MLB Productions, Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets and other high-profile entertainment brands since their inception. Releases from Virgil Films & Entertainment include the Oscar-nominated documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me; the award-winning documentary Miss Representation; the critically acclaimed, timeless and best-selling Forks Over Knives; and the Oscar-nominated documentary Restrepo and its sequel Korengal. They have also released the compelling The House I Live In, A Brony Tale, Legends of the Knight and others. Follow them on twitter: @virgilfilms |   www.VirgilFilmsEnt.com.

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