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Leap of Faith

Venice Classics Documentary Films

Director:
Alexandre O. Philippe
Production:
Exhibit A Pictures (Kerry Deignan Roy), Screen Division (Annick Mahnert), MilkHouse (Cathy Trekloff, Chad Hershberger), Familystyle (Karyn Kusama, Matt Manfredi, Phil Hay)
Running Time:
105’
Language:
English
Country:
USA
Main Cast:
William Friedkin
Cinematographer:
Robert Muratore
Editor:
David Lawrence
Music:
Jon Hegel

Synopsis

Leap of Faith, a lyrical and spiritual cinematic essay on The Exorcist, explores the uncharted depths of William Friedkin’s mind’s eye, the nuances of his filmmaking process, and the mysteries of faith and fate that have shaped his life and filmography.

Director’s Statement

When Billy Friedkin gave me the opportunity, and carte blanche, to make this film, I told him “I’d like to use the Hitchcock-Truffaut interview model, and unpack your process over several days, but focus exclusively on The Exorcist.” I wanted Leap of Faith to be a personal, intimate chamber film, and to reveal the real, raw, introspective Friedkin; unencumbered by the lore, tall tales, and mythologies that we are all too familiar with. In preparation for this, I watched the film for 30 days straight, and ended up conducting an epic 6-day one-on-one interview. The result is a surprising portrait of one of my personal heroes—the confessional of a master filmmaker deeply moved and influenced by art, music, and grace notes; generously willing to share his process, techniques, and philosophy; and unafraid to openly, vulnerably regret, and even question, some of the difficult choices he had to make while directing one of the greatest movies of all time.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: Kerry Deignan Roy - Exhibit A Pictures
3059 Vine Street
80205 – Denver, CO, United States
Tel. 3038861605
kerry@exhibitapictures.com
http://www.exhibitapictures.com
facebook.com/ExhibitAPictures

PRODUCTION 2: Annick Mahnert – Screen Division
Apartado de Correos 209
08870 Sitges, Spain
Tel. + 33 6 3712 8136
annick@screen-division.com
http://www.screen-division.com

PRODUCTION 3: Cathy Trekloff, Chad Herschberger – Milkhaus
3059 Vine Street
80205, Denver,CO, United States
Tel. 3039175738
cathy@themilkhaus.com
http://www.themilkhaus.com

PRODUCTION 4: Karyn Kusama, Matt Manfredi, Phil Hay, - FamilyStyle
Los Angeles, CA
Tel. 3238502710

WORLD SALES:
ICM Partners
Kevin Crotty, KCrotty@icmpartmers.com
Jessica Lacy, JLacy@icmpartners.com
Tel. 310-550-4000

PRESS OFFICE: Ellen Steers – PREMIER
2-4 Bucknall Street,
London, WC2H 8LA
Tel +44 207 292 7399
Mob + 44 771 857 5633
Ellen.Steers@premiercomms.com


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