Harry Benson Photography Exhibit [Greenwich, CT]

Second GIFF features films & panels, starting June 9

June 4, 2016 - Joe Meyers | CT Post

The second annual Greenwich International Film Festival will run four days starting Thursday, June 9.

In addition to more than 40 new movies, the festival will include industry panels dealing with the challenges of filmmaking. A free discussion of the process of turning novels into movies, “From Book to Screen,” on Sunday, June 12, is sponsored by Hearst Connecticut Media Group. Kathie Lee Gifford will moderate a group that includes “The Danish Girl” author David Ebershoff and best-selling author Adriana Trigiani, who recently wrote and directed the movie version of her book, “Big Stone Gap.”


Several high-profile new documentaries will be shown, including “Harry Benson: Shoot First,” about the career of the legendary Life magazine photographer who was assigned to cover The Beatles during the band’s first U.S. tour in 1964.

Greenwich International Film Festival, several venues, Thursday, June 9, through Sunday, June 12. $15-$8. 203-340-9105, greenwichfilm.org


‘Harry Benson: Shoot First’ Documentary Bought by Magnolia

January 5, 2016 - Dave McNary | Variety

Magnolia Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to the documentary “Harry Benson: Shoot First,” three months after its premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

Benson is best known for photographing the Beatles on their initial U.S. tour.

The film is directed by Matthew Miele (“Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s”) and Justin Bare (“Coked Up!”). The film includes Sharon Stone, Alec Baldwin, Donald Trump, Piers Morgan, Dan Rather, James L. Brooks, Henry Kissinger, Ralph Lauren and Joe Namath.

Magnolia is targeting a 2016 theatrical release for the film, which charts the career of the photographer who initially rose to fame alongside the Beatles, having been assigned to cover their inaugural trip to the United States in 1964. His portfolio includes images of Winston Churchill, Bobby Fischer, Muhammad Ali, Greta Garbo, Michael Jackson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Robert F. Kennedy assassination.

Benson, a native of Scotland, is 86 and continues working. Producers are Justin Bare, Gigi Benson and Heather Silverman. Executive producers are Matthew Miele, Stephen McCarthy and Clive Gershon. Co-executive producer is Arnie Herrmann.

Magnolia plans to launch international sales at the Berlin  Film Festival next month. The deal was negotiated by Magnolia’s Dori Begley and John Von Thaden, with Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers.