Music documentary

John Prine’s musical documentary hits Sony Classics

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all worldwide rights to Zachary Fuhrer’s documentary about singer-songwriter John Prine, provisionally titled “John Prine: Hello in There”.

Currently in post-production, the film tells the story of Prine, who broke through with an album he wrote as a postman in suburban Chicago, and went on to create some of the strangest, strangest songs. funny, most surreal and enduring of our time, including “Angel From Montgomery”.

Fuhrer and Patrick Doyle co-wrote the film, which Doyle also produced. RadicalMedia is a production partner for the film, which will be released in theaters.

The filmmakers followed Prine as he prepared to release his first album of new songs in 13 years, following his appearances at Radio City Music Hall and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The film includes interviews with friends and peers of Prine, including young songwriters he helped form, such as Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell, and Margo Price.

“Zachary Fuhrer and Patrick Doyle beautifully capture the story of one of the world’s most original musicians,” Sony Classics executives said in a statement. “We are delighted to give fans the opportunity to experience John Prine more intimately through this remarkable film.”

“Patrick and I can’t think of a better partner than Sony Pictures Classics for our film,” Fuhrer said in a statement. “As John’s band members like to say, ‘There are two types of people: those who love John Prine and those who haven’t heard of him yet.’ John’s philosophy on life – finding comedy in tragedy – is at the heart of the film; its stories a daily reminder that there is always a way to laugh at one’s own misfortune.

The arthouse division acquired another musical documentary, “David Crosby: Remember My Name,” last month after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Bianca Grimshaw of Gray Krauss Sandler Des Rochers LLP represented the filmmakers in the agreement.