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Abramorama to Release 'The Zen of Bennett'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood September 26, 2012 at 6:04PM

Indie distributor Abramorama will handle the theatrical release of "The Zen of Bennett," a portrait of singer Tony Bennett, beginning October 24 in New York.
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The Zen of Bennett

Indie distributor Abramorama will handle the theatrical release of "The Zen of Bennett," a portrait of singer Tony Bennett, beginning October 24 in New York. The film will expand November 2 to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Santa Barbara and Palm Springs. Benedetto Films has also secured a deal making the film available for streaming exclusively through Netflix, starting November 12. The film, which debuted at Tribeca, was created and produced by Danny Bennett and directed by Unjoo Moon.

Danny Bennett states:

"'The Zen of Bennett' is many things – it’s an intimate portrait of the man as he turned 85, as he is now and as I know him. It’s also a meditation of contradictions.  I wanted to share my unique perspective of the man and his creative process while at the same time explore the apparent isolation he experiences in the midst of the whirlwind of activity that invariably surrounds him during the creative process.  I have always been amazed by his uncanny ability to stay focused and remain true to his art in his quest for perfection.”

This article is related to: Musical, Abramorama, News


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.