Kino Lorber acquires Chris McKim’s WOJNAROWICZ: F**K YOU F*GGOT F**KER; Release 3/19
Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights for Chris McKim’s WOJNAROWICZ,
with theatrical release scheduled for March 19.
The autobiographical documentary portrait of artist and activist David Wojnarowicz, produced by Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey, Chris McKim and WOW Docs, received a special jury recognition at DOC NYC for best use of archival materials.
“A stirring requiem of rage and resistance…Chris McKim's defiantly alive collage documentary is so charged with the words and images of the multimedia artist it could almost be considered self-portraiture...a radical voice that remains urgent and relevant.”
-- David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
“Prominently features self-depictions taken from his copious audio and visual archives
to evoke his life and work with a bracing, tragic sense of immediacy.” -- Richard Brody, The New Yorker
“Chris McKim's skittering collage of a documentary works ground up through Wojnarowicz's art to present
an experiential plunge into the raw tumult of the New York art scene.” -- Chris Barsanti, The Playlist
New York, NY – (February 9, 2020) – Kino Lorber announces that it has acquired North American rights for Chris McKim’s WOJNAROWICZ, also known by its full, and for some, controversial title, WOJNAROWICZ: F**K YOU F*GGOT F**KER. The film was an official selection at last year’s Tribeca and Hot Docs Film Festivals, and had its world premiere with DOC NYC, where it received the 2020 Metropolis Competition Special Jury Recognition for Best Use of Archival Materials. The documentary feature is directed by Chris McKim and produced by Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey for WOW Docs and by McKim for Hobo Camp Films and will release March 19 at New York’s Film Forum, with additional markets to be announced.
The original soundtrack will be released simultaneously on World Of Wonder Records with the film’s release and will feature original tracks from iconic East Village band 3 Teens Kill 4 and interstitial audio from David Wojnarowicz.
Wojnarowicz: F**k You F*ggot F**ker is an autobiographical portrait of downtown New York City artist, writer, photographer, activist David Wojnarowicz. As New York City became the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, the artist weaponized his work and waged war against the establishment’s indifference to the plague until his death in 1992 at the age of 37. Exclusive access to his breathtaking body of work - paintings, journals, films - reveals how Wojnarowicz emptied his life into his art and activism. Rediscovered answering machine tape recordings and intimate recollections from Fran Lebowitz, Gracie Mansion, Peter Hujar and other friends and family help present a stirring portrait of an artist whose works and fiery words still deeply resonate in turbulent times.
Wojnarowicz: F**k You F*ggot F**ker was negotiated by Kino Lorber SVP Wendy Lidell and Jason Ishikawa at Cinetic Media.
Lidell said, “Chris Kim’s exuberant celebration of legendary artist and activist David Wojnarowicz is as fittingly in-your-face as David’s life and work itself. Bittersweet, invigorating and informative, this new film from the World of Wonder braintrust is a must for those who know the Wojnarowicz story, and a revelation for those who don’t.”
McKim said, "David Wojnarowicz dedicated his life to the power of art and resistance. His legacy is a call to action against America’s “One-Tribe Nation” mentality of inequality and oppression, and I hope his story continues to inspire generations of artists and activists.”
Bailey and Barbato said, “Wojnarowicz's story is one that needs to be told now more than ever. He saw the parallels between an infectious disease and a sick society. In his short life, his work was dedicated to calling out the government's indifference to the AIDS epidemic. Chris's film could not be more timely coming in the midst of a pandemic that has also, thanks to government indifference, killed hundreds of thousands. It is a thrill to be working with Kino Lorber again on such an important film.
Wojnarowicz: F**k You F*ggot F**ker will be theatrically released on March 19, followed by a VOD release on Kino Now and home video.
About Chris McKim:
Emmy award-winning filmmaker & TV producer Chris McKim graduated from Penn State University’s film program in 1995. He soon hopped a train for New York City and began his career at Miramax Films where he worked till 2000, first as international marketing manager before moving to post-production. While there, he once hit Harvey Weinstein in the head with a door.
In 2001, he met Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey of World of Wonder which was the start of countless creative adventures beginning with documenting the making of their scripted feature “Party Monster.”
Chris was with former televangelist Tammy Faye Messner as she began chemotherapy while directing and producing “Tammy Faye: Death Defying” about her battle with cancer. He’s bounced around the world with Big Freedia as showrunner and executive producer of the docuseries “Big Freedia Queen of Bounce,” and for 4 years, he shared a cubicle with RuPaul, helping to create the ground-breaking juggernaut “RuPaul’s Drag Race” as showrunner & executive producer of the first 4 seasons.
In 2016, he co-directed and produced the Emmy-winning documentary “Out of Iraq” which had a special screening at the United Nations hosted by US Ambassador Samantha Power. In addition to directing and producing the award-winning documentary “Freedia Got a Gun,” which was selected for the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival and premiered on NBC’s Peacock, he directed and produced the feature documentary Wojnarowicz: F--k You F-ggot F--ker about 80s artist, writer and activist David Wojnarowicz which was selected for the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival and Hot Docs.
About Kino Lorber
With a library of over 4,000 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for 35 years, releasing 30 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Repertory and Alive Mind Cinema banners, garnering seven Academy Award® nominations in nine years. In addition, the company brings over 350 titles yearly to the home entertainment and educational markets through physical and digital media releases. With an expanding family of distributed labels, Kino Lorber handles releases in ancillary media for Zeitgeist Films, Cohen Media Group, Greenwich Entertainment, Artsploitation, Palisades Tartan, Menemsha Films, Raro Video, and others, placing physical titles through all wholesale, retail, and direct to consumer channels, as well as direct digital distribution through over 40 OTT services including all major TVOD and SVOD platforms. In 2019, the company launched its new art house digital channel Kino Now which features over 1000 titles from the acclaimed Kino Lorber library. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kino Marquee initiative was launched in 2020 pioneering "virtual theatrical" releases of art house films with revenue shares that allows audiences to support almost 400 local independent theaters.
About World of Wonder:
For nearly three decades, award-winning production company World of Wonder has introduced audiences to new worlds, talent and ideas that have shaped culture. Programming highlights include: Emmy® Award winning “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1/Logo), “Million Dollar Listing” LA & NY (Bravo), “Dancing Queen” (Netflix), “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce” (Fuse), and “Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric” (National Geographic); award-winning films and documentaries including “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures,” “Menendez: Blood Brothers,” “Inside Deep Throat,” “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” “I Am Britney Jean,” “In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye,” “Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking,” “Monica in Black and White,” Emmy-winning “The Last Beekeeper,” and Emmy-winning “Out of Iraq.” Seven of WOW’s films have premiered at the Sundance Film festival including “Becoming Chaz” and “Party Monster.” World of Wonder has also created a substantial digital footprint with its YouTube channel WOWPresents (1M+ subs), SVOD digital platform WOW Presents Plus, along with an award-winning blog, The WOW Report. World of Wonder’s bi-annual RuPaul’s DragCon is the world’s largest drag culture convention, welcoming 100,000 attendees across LA and NYC in 2019, and expanding internationally to the UK in 2020. Co-founders Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey authored The World According to Wonder, celebrating decades of production, which can be found online at http://worldofwonder.net/. Randy and Fenton were honored with the IDA Pioneer Award in December 2014, celebrating exceptional achievement, leadership, and vision in the nonfiction and documentary community, named to Variety’s Reality TV Impact Report in 2020, and chosen for the OUT100 list in 2018 for their trailblazing work in the LGBTQ+ community. World of Wonder was also selected for Realscreen’s 2018 Global 100 list, which recognizes the top international non-fiction and unscripted production companies working in the industry today. World of Wonder creates out of a historic building/gallery space in the heart of Hollywood.