Documentary “2nd Chance” acquired by Showtime Out of Sundance – Deadline


Showtime Documentary Films Acquired North American Rights to Sundance Film Festival Documentary 2nd chancefrom Oscar-nominated director and screenwriter Ramin Bahrani.

Bahrani’s feature-length documentary debut is an exploration of the life and legacy of Richard Davis, the charming and brash inventor of the modern body armor who killed himself 192 times to prove his product worked. The film juxtaposes Davis’ actions with those of his righteous right-hand man, Aaron Westrick. Unwilling to passively present dubious truths, Bahrani instead lays bare the complexities of one man’s supposed virtue while addressing the nature of power and impunity in America.

The pay cable channel is planning a theatrical release before a network premiere later in the year, leading up to awards season.

Pic is written, directed and produced by Bahrani. Daniel Turcan & Johnny Galvin of Vespucci, Charles Dorfman and Jacob Grodnik are also producers. The film is produced by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer (The act of killing, the gaze of silence), Myles Estey, Bahareh Azimi and Marlon Vogelgesang. Endeavor Content and Samuel Marshall Films produced and financed the film.

Bahrani is the Iranian-American writer, director and producer of films such as Man Push Cart, Chop Shop, Goodbye Solo, 99 Houses and The white tiger. His two short documentaries, Do you live and Blood relative, screened in Venice, Telluride and Toronto. Bahrani is a Guggenheim Fellow and his film work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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