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Radius Acquire Errol Morris’ Donald Rumsfeld-Centered ‘Unknown Known’; Roadside Will ‘Tell’ Sarah Polley’s ‘Stories’

Written by on September 10, 2012 

So long ago was the announcement that I, a bleeding heart liberal, forgot about Errol Morrisdocumentary on Donald Rumsfeld. Yet it’s actually a finished project, and Deadline tell us that The Weinstein Company’s off-shoot, Radius Films, have partnered with Participant Media, History Films, and Moxie Pictures as a means of acquiring rights to what’s now called The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld.

Thanks to all those companies, 2013 will see the release of a documentary which probes “”the entire span of his 40 years in public life — as a naval aviator, four-term congressman, counselor to President Nixon, big pharma CEO, and, of course, as the second-longest-serving Secretary of Defense in history.” To achieve this end, Morris, as he does, sat down with the man to record hours and hours of footage, along with the granting of access to tapes, from Rumsfeld’s own archive, that should help put this (to put it lightly) polarizing figure into perspective. Given the man’s history as a craftsman, the results are bound to be fascinating.

Heck, the same adjective might also apply to the other non-fiction acquisition. Also at Deadline, it’s reported that Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions will be picking up Sarah Polley‘s autobiographical documentary, Stories We Tell, with the plan calling for an opening toward the start of 2013.

Terms such as, oh, “autobiographical documentary” should tell you this is different territory from her past work — in certain respects. Despite being an “exploration of the elusive nature of truth and memory,” Storiestrailer hints at the sort of truthful examination she’d been commended for in Away from Her and Take This Waltz, while festival reviews confirm this as the case. Thanks to all that, Stories We Tell is something I can’t wait to check out for myself.

Will you be looking out for either piece come early next year?

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