Greenwich Entertainment has acquired all rights except television Nam June Paik: The moon is the oldest TVdirected and produced by Amanda Kim, which had its world premiere at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival in US Documentary Competition.
The film opens March 24 at Film Form in New York and is released the same day in Canada by Films We Like, ahead of its US broadcast premiere on PBS. masters. Dogwoof secured UK distribution rights and international sales outside Korea in early January and will announce a Korean distribution deal and streaming partner shortly.
The documentary tells the story of Nam June Paik, a pillar of the 20th century American avant-garde widely considered the “George Washington of video art,” who coined the term “electronic superhighway” and, arguably, He is the most famous artist in modern Korean history. It charts Nam June Paik’s artistic evolution, from his upbringing in Munich, to his rise in the New York art scene, and his Nostradamus-like vision of a future where “everyone will have their own TV channel.” vision.
Nam June Paik: The moon is the oldest TV is a JBS Art & Curatorial production. Kim’s other producers on the project are Jennifer Stockman, David Koh, Amy Hobby, Jesse Wann and Mariko Munro. Executive producers are Kenzo Digital, Steve Jang, Florence Sloan, Steven Yeun, Fab 5 Freddy, Alexandra Munroe, Brandon Chen, mastersMichael Kantor with Stephen Gong and Donald Young of the Center for Asian American Media.
“The response to the film at Sundance was unbelievable,” said producers Stockman and Koh. “We hope that all generations around the world will be inspired by Nam Joon’s story, and that our film will further establish his reputation as one of the giants of the 20th century. We are delighted to partner with Greenwich Entertainment, Master Pictures, our Favorite Movies and Dogwoof have partnered to ensure the film reaches the widest possible audience. We are proud to introduce Amanda Kim, the first Korean-American filmmaker.”
“Backed by impressive research and a wealth of archival material, Amanda Kim and her team have uncovered a compelling narrative arc of Nam June Paik’s life and art, while giving us a strong sense of the person he is ,” added Greenwich co-president Ed Ahrendts. “We look forward to bringing Nam June Paik’s wonderful stories and art to 21st century audiences.”
Although financial Nam June Paik The deals, which were not disclosed, were negotiated by Curatorial’s Koh, Greenwich’s Arentz, American Masters Pictures’ Kantor and Films We Like’s Ron Mann.