John Hughes documentary finally gets distribution…go figure

Posted on 11 August 2009 by ShepRamsey

About a month or so ago I remember specifically wondering what was going on in the life of John Hughes and I read about a little documentary titled Don’t You Forget About Me

john-hughes_23The documentary chronicles the attempt of a few humble Canadians to try and hunt down the reclusive John Hughes.  Sort of a Roger and Me kind of thing, with interviews with various actors and such along the way.  But it looked like distribution for the film was floating up in the air and that it would just spend a long time cruising the festival circuit.

Well now, in light of Hughes’s death, obviously all that has changed.  Variety reports that Canadian-based Alliance Films has bought up the rights to the documentary, and it will soon be seeing a distribution in the U.S. 

It’s a shame that it took Hughes dying to spark a real interest in this film, but at least we all get to see it.  Personally I’m pretty excited and I hope they roll this thing out sooner rather than later.                           

3 Comments For This Post

  1. Quaid Says:

    Mixed feelings on this one. Definitely cashing in on a man’s death, but I would have wanted to see it regardless of whether or not it was topical.

  2. Matt Austin Says:

    Hi Quaid. I definitely understand your mixed feelings. Believe me, we have them too. But the writer, Shep, is right. We had devoted 4 plus years making a film about a guy who a lot of people were touched by, but many seemed not to fully understand his contributions and what he meant on a larger scale. Because of that, the film was in a sorta limbo. We are not cashing in. This film was finished months before his tragic and untimely death. Now, through this unlucky twist of fate, people understand his signifigance and are helping us release it to the world. We always made this to be a tribute to John. Now it will honor him.

  3. Quaid Says:

    Hey, Matt…thanks for responding. Looking forward to seeing the movie. The man touched a lot of people in a very personal way, and regardless of the current headlines I’m glad to see that someone recognizes this.

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