Kino Lorber acquires North American rights for Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation, with theatrical release date set for June 2021

Kino Lorber acquires North American rights for Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s
Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation, with theatrical release date set for June 2021

Featuring the voices of Jim Parsons & Zachary Quinto, the revelatory documentary illuminates the friendship between legendary writers Truman Capote & Tennessee Williams

“It is a story told in their own words and serves as a reminder of what eloquent, witty, self-aware and sensitive individuals they were” - Screen Daily

“Succeeds beautifully in providing a revealing look at their troubled psyches” - The Hollywood Reporter

New York, NY, March 18, 2021 – Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights to Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s Truman and Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation. The film was selected for the 2020 Telluride Film Festival and will be released in June 2021. Vreeland previously directed Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2012) and Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015). Zeitgeist Films in association with Kino Lorber released Vreeland’s Love, Cecil  in 2017. Vreeland’s newest film will also be screening at the upcoming virtual Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival taking place March 24 to 28 based out of New Orleans.

Truman and Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation explores the personal and professional journeys of iconic American artists and writers Truman Capote and Tennesee Williams - coalescing with creative combustion in this innovative dual-portrait documentary. Filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland distills the loves, fears, and artistic achievements of these masters through archival materials, film clips, and vibrant voiceover work from actors Jim Parsons and Zachary Quinto, who give voice to Capote and Williams respectively. Packed with pearls of wisdoms and eloquent observations, the film celebrates the sometimes tumultuous friendship of the titular writers through the ages, while honoring the way their queer identity informed their world-renowned artistic achievements and relationships with their family, confidants, and — most significantly — each other.

Truman and Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation was negotiated by Kino Lorber SVP Wendy Lidell and Ben Schwartz, Submarine Entertainment’s Director of Sales.

Lidell said, “With An Intimate Conversation, we spend 86 delightfully entertaining minutes with two of the most remarkably witty raconteurs of their time. By approaching her subjects as a duo and how their meaningful friendship and rivalry inspired each other, Immordino Vreeland’s film defines the meaning of "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”   

Immordino Vreeland said, “We created an intimate tête à tête with these two great literary giants, using their words and works to demonstrate their rich imaginary worlds, their passions, their love affairs, and their celebrity...and ultimately the price they paid for success and fame. I look forward to working with Kino Lorber to share this film with new audiences.”

Truman and Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation will be released in June 2021, followed by a VOD release on Kino Now and home video. 

Lisa Immordino Vreeland
Lisa Immordino Vreeland has been immersed in the world of fashion and art for the past 25 years. Her first book was accompanied by her directorial debut of the documentary of the same name, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2012). The film had its European premiere at the Venice Film Festival and its North American premiere at the Telluride Film Festival. It went on to win the Silver Hugo at the Chicago Film Festival and the fashion category for the Design of the Year Awards—otherwise known as “The Oscars” of design — at the Design Museum in London. Her second film Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival (2015) and had its European premiere at Art Basel. Love, Cecil premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in 2017 and went on to win the Audience Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival. It was accompanied by her second book Love, Cecil published by Abrams. In addition, Immordino Vreeland directs the award-winning short documentary series Art of Style for M2M (Made to Measure.)

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.