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Sony Pictures Classics to release documentary 'Jodorowsky's Dune'

The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ambitious but doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel Dune is the focus of a new documentary "Jodorowsky's Dune" opening March 21 in New York and Los Angeles with San Franciso release on March 28.

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Sony Pictures Classics

Director Frank Pavich's documentary explores the genesis of one of cinema's greatest epics that never was: cult filmmaker Jodorowsky's ("El Topo") adaptation of Frank Herbert's sci-fi classic Dune, whose cast would have included such icons as Salvador Dali, Orson Welles and Mick Jagger.

In 1975, following the runaway success of his art-house freak-outs "El Topo" and "Holy Mountain," which helped define the midnight movie phenomenon, Jodorowsky secured the rights to Frank Herbert's "Dune" and began began work on his most ambitions project yet.

Starring his own 12 year old sun Brontis alongside Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and Salvador Dali, with music by Pink Floyd and art by some of the most provocative talents of the era, including HR Giger and Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud, Jodorowsky’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel Dune was poised to change cinema history.

For two years, Jodorowsky and his team worked night and day to create the world of Dune. Through interviews with legends and luminaries, and intimate an honest conversations with Jodorowsky filmed over three years, director Pavich creates a never-before-seen realization of Jodorowsky’s mind blowing psychedelic space opera, finally unearthing the full saga of "The Greatest Movie Never Made."

Director/Producer Pavich researched the film with producer Stephen Scarlata. The two previously worked together on the cult-underground music documentary "N.Y.H.C."

Pavich also co-produced "Die Mommie Die" (Special Jury Prize - Sundance 2003) before concentrating on television production.

The film includes interviews with Jodorowsky, H.R. Giger, Chris Foss, Michel Seydoux, and the surviving original team, along with interviews with industry executives, filmmakers and film critics to put the film into perspective.

"Jodorowsky's Dune" is Pavich’s first feature. It premiered in Cannes at the 2013 Quinzaine des Realizateurs.

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Source: Sony Pictures Classics / Larsen Associates

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