Produced by Jeff Deutchman, Election Day Documentary Breaks Ground Across the USA
Los Angeles, CA — November 2, 2016 — The Orchard announced today that the company is partnering with producer Jeff Deutchman to produce 11/8/16, a new documentary directed by a diverse and talented group of award-winning filmmakers, including Academy Award-winner Daniel Junge (Saving Face, A Lego Brickumentary), Emmy Award-winners Eugene Jarecki (The House I Live In, Why We Fight) and Martha Shane and Lana Wilson (After Tiller), Emmy Award-nominees Lena Dunham (Girls, Tiny Furniture) and Peter Gilbert (At the Death House Door, Hoop Dreams), as well as Alison Klayman (Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry), Alma Har’el (Bombay Beach), Bassam Tariq (These Birds Walk), David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Pete’s Dragon), Don Argott and Sheena Joyce (The Art of the Steal), Donal Mosher (October Country), Douglas Tirola (Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead), Henry Joost (NY Export: Opus Jazz, Catfish), Malika Zouhali-Worrall (Call Me Kuchu), Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein (Gunner Palace), Sterlin Harjo (Four Sheets to the Wind), Vikram Gandhi (Barry), and Yung Chang (Up the Yantze) among other esteemed filmmakers. The film will be produced by Jeff Deutchman. Executive producers are Cinetic’s Dana O’Keefe and The Orchard’s Brad Navin, Paul Davidson and Danielle DiGiacomo. The producers enlisted the filmmakers to follow a varied and compelling group of American citizens across the country in over 25 states and from all walks of life, as they set out on the morning of the presidential election, throughout the course of the day, until the polls close in the evening and the results are revealed.
Additional filmmakers continue to be added to the project as the election draws nearer, and the current roster can be found at www.11-8-16.com.
In addition to the feature film project, which will be released in early 2017 by The Orchard, the producers will work with Periscope’s editorial team to stream live footage from the day’s events on a dedicated channel called “Election Day.” On November 8, in between watching the news and checking social media feeds, Americans will be able to tune into things happening on the ground all over the country, as shot by some of the most exciting documentary filmmakers working today.
The filmmakers will be documenting a day-in-the-life of American citizens of all backgrounds and ideological perspectives, including journalists in the Los Angeles Times newsroom; the heads of the College Republicans and Democrats at Kent State University in Ohio; a union leader who is currently under investigation by the FBI in Philadelphia; a coal miner in West Virginia; a rancher in Bozeman, Montana; a group of black and Latino kids in Chicago; a Republican cop in Missouri; neighboring shops run by Palestinian and Caribbean families in Brooklyn; Native Americans protesting the pipeline in North Dakota; undocumented immigrants in San Francisco; and the head of a separatist movement in Oregon.
“This election has started to feel like it is testing the outer limits of the American Experiment and Election Day will be the climax. I am thrilled and honored to be working with so many of my favorite filmmakers to create a time capsule and portrait of America at this bizarre moment in time,” said Jeff Deutchman. “The Orchard has demonstrated over the last couple of years that they are one of the independent distributors with the best taste, and I’m excited to partner with them on this project.”
“Jeff and Dana have curated a stellar group of visionary filmmakers to capture a momentous day in our country’s history, which will reflect who we are as Americans, and where we are going,” said Danielle DiGiacomo, The Orchard’s VP of Acquisitions. “We are beyond excited to become an early partner of this project, which has the potential to impact audiences worldwide through traditional means as well as new, disruptive and groundbreaking channels of distribution.”
The deal was negotiated by Danielle DiGiacomo on behalf of The Orchard with Linzee Troubh of Cinetic on behalf of the filmmakers.
About The Orchard
The Orchard is a pioneering independent film, TV and music distribution company that operates in over 25 global markets. The company, founded as a music distributor in 1997, is a groundbreaking leader in the film and television distribution space, known for its innovative technology that provides filmmakers with up-to-the minute trending data and analytics on their projects. The Orchard’s film division has enjoyed such recent successes as the Academy Award-nominated documentary Cartel Land, Taika Waititi’s The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Roger Ross Williams’ Life, Animated, Academy Award-winner Morgan Neville’s The Music of Strangers and Alex Lehmann’s Blue Jay. Upcoming releases include Pablo Narrain’s highly anticipated Neruda and Oren Moverman’s The Dinner. The company is currently in theaters with Antonio Campos’ Christine.
About Jeff Deutchman
Jeff Deutchman is a producer and distribution executive who, at his stints with IFC Films, Paramount Pictures, and Alchemy, has been a champion for such films as Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Color and Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams, and has discovered some of the most promising indie filmmakers working today including Barry Jenkins, Lena Dunham, Andrew Haigh, David Robert Mitchell, and Mike Birbiglia. He conceived the Election Day series, starting with 11/4/08 which world premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in 2010.