SLAMDANCE PARTNERS WITH KINO MARQUEE FOR NORTH AMERICAN VIRTUAL THEATRICAL RELEASE AUG 7 OF YOU NEVER HAD IT - AN EVENING WITH BUKOWSKI

SLAMDANCE PARTNERS WITH KINO MARQUEE FOR NORTH AMERICAN VIRTUAL THEATRICAL RELEASE AUG 7 OF YOU NEVER HAD IT - AN EVENING WITH BUKOWSKI


Directed by Matteo Borgardt and produced by subject and journalist Silvia Bizio, the documentary features rare, rediscovered lost footage of writer Charles Bukowski at the peak of his success on the occasion of his centennial

“...a time capsule which captures an iconic American author in his natural state and habitat [...] must see footage for any Bukowski enthusiast…” -- Hammer To Nail

New York, NY- July 17, 2020 – Slamdance announced today they have partnered with Kino Lorber via the arthouse distributor’s Kino Marquee virtual theatrical exhibition platform for the North American release of You Never Had It - An Evening with Bukowski. The film, which will be available starting August 7, is directed by Matteo Borgardt and produced by arts and entertainment journalist Silvia Bizio, who is also his mother. The release coincides with what would’ve been Charles Bukowski’s 100th birthday this year.

The documentary features producer and Italian journalist Silvia Bizio during an intimate evening interviewing irreverent writer and poet Charles Bukowski in January 1981 at his home in San Pedro, California at the peak of his literary success. The vintage footage, an extraordinary time capsule comprised of Bizio’s old dusty tapes, was long thought lost. She rediscovered the valuable cache in her garage 20 years after Bukowski’s passing. The film also features a present-day Bizio reminiscing about her cherished life-changing encounter with the author. During that fateful evening, the two and others, including Bukowski’s soon-to-be wife Linda Lee Beighle, smoke cigarettes and drink wine over a languorous evening that unfolds with intimate conversations probing sex, literature, childhood and humanity. The interview was shot on U-matic videotapes, which have been digitized and edited along with new Super8 footage shot in Downtown Los Angeles set against poems read aloud by Bukowski himself A rare look at the man behind the words, the title of the film takes inspiration from the final line of Bukowski's poem, "Those Sons of Bitches" from the collection “Mockingbird Wish Me Luck” (1972).

Kino Lorber SVP Wendy Lidell said, “We continue to make the Kino Marquee platform available to our most valued colleagues in the industry, and we are proud to welcome Slamdance aboard, especially with this remarkable treasure of a film.”

President and Co-founder of Slamdance Peter Baxter said, “Virtual platforms are part of Slamdance’s future allowing us to reach a wider audience and our filmmakers to profit from. With Kino Lorber’s deep passion for cinema there’s no better partner to collaborate with in exhibiting this mesmerizing time capsule of Bukowski.”

You Never Had It - An Evening with Bukowski is produced by Silvia Bizio, Paola Ferrari De Benedetti, Alex García, Santiago García Galván.

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, Carlotta USA, Adopt Films, Greenwich Entertainment, 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 SLAMDANCE
By filmmakers, for filmmakers. Established in 1995 by a wild bunch of filmmakers who were tired of relying on a large, oblique system to showcase their work, Slamdance has proven, year after year, that when it comes to discovering talent and launching careers, independent and grassroots communities can do it themselves.

The Slamdance Film Festival takes place every January in Park City, Utah. This year, Slamdance has expanded its festival events through the inaugural Slamdance Miami Film Festival emphasizing the multicultural and diverse communities of Florida, the Caribbean, Central and South America. In addition to its festival programs, Slamdance serves emerging artists and a growing community with several year-round initiatives. These include the new Slamdance Channel on Youtube showcasing short films, the Slamdance Screenplay Competition, educational initiative Slamdance Polytechnic, DIG showcase of Digital Interactive and Gaming art, distribution efforts through Slamdance Presents, and screening series Slamdance Cinema Club(LA) and On the Road(worldwide).

Notable Slamdance alumni include: The Russo Brothers (Avengers: Endgame), Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk), Ari Aster (Midsommar), Lynn Shelton (Little Fires Everywhere), Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Old Guard), the Safdie Brothers (Uncut Gems), Marina Zenovich (Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind), Brian Knappenberger (Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press), Lena Dunham (Girls), Sean Baker (The Florida Project), Rian Johnson (Knives Out) and Bong Joon Ho (Parasite).

Box Office Mojo reports alumni who first showed their work at Slamdance have earned over $19 billion at the box office to date. Slamdance is currently accepting submissions for the 2020 Slamdance Screenplay Competition and the next Slamdance Film Festival that will take place January 22-28, 2021.