Unobstructed View. presents
Harry Benson: Shoot First
A film by Matthew Miele & Justin Bare
A new documentary on the legendary photographer
opens in Toronto at Carlton Cinema December 16, 2016
“For pure entertainment, it’s hard to top SHOOT FIRST, but this documentary isn’t a piece of fluff. Harry Benson has been witness to key events of the past half-century and has never failed to capture their most telling moments with his camera.” – Leonard Maltin
“a MUST SEE for any photographer, fan of photography, lover of the arts, follower of history and beyond” – Ian Spanier, Huffington Post
TORONTO, November XX, 2016 – From Winston Churchill, to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Charles De Gaulle, Greta Garbo and even Michael Jackson, it seems as if legendary photojournalist Harry Benson, CBE, has had a chance to photograph every defining figure of the last century.
The extraordinary life of the Scottish photographer —now 86, and with no intention of stopping— is captured in a new documentary by Matthew Miele and Justine Bare, Harry Benson: Shoot First. The film will open in Toronto at Carlton Cinema on December 16, 2016, from Unobstructed View.
Harry Benson: Shoot First charts the illustrious career of the renowned photographer who initially rose to fame alongside The Beatles, having been assigned to cover their inaugural trip to the United States in 1964. With unprecedented behind the scenes access, Benson captured some of the most vibrant and intimate portraits ever taken of the most popular band in history.
His extensive portfolio includes iconic images of Winston Churchill, Bobby Fischer, Muhammad Ali, Boris Yeltsin, Ariel Sharon, Mick Jagger, Elizabeth Taylor, and the Robert F. Kennedy assassination, and his work has appeared in countless publications including Life, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker.
“The realization that every one of these photographs were snapped by the same man, Harry Benson, seated in front of us with a cunning grin and whimsical green handkerchief in his lapel, was overwhelming,” said directors Miele and Bare. “Over three consecutive lunches, a promise to bring our A-game, and a complete respect for the integrity of his photographs (many unpublished to this date), we received Harry’s blessing to do a feature documentary on his extraordinary career. “
Directors Matthew Miele and Justin Bare are the co-founders of Quixotic Endeavors, a multimedia production company focusing on subjects with an iconic theme. They are best known for their breakthrough documentary Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s.
About Unobstructed View Inc.
Unobstructed View Inc. (previously known as Video Services Corp.) is a full-service distributor with direct relationships and a commitment to tailor distribution strategies across all platforms, from theatrical release to home video, VOD, and television. Owned by former rock critic Jonathan Gross, Unobstructed View owns a catalog of hundreds of film and TV titles and has ongoing distribution agreements with Magnolia Pictures, Film Movement, Kino Lorber and Synapse, just to name a few. Upcoming film and TV releases include TIFF Selections Past Life and In Between, Sundance selection As You Are, Canadian film First Round Down and Cézanne et Moi.
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