About the film

Charlie Parker and Benny Goodman hung out with him. Philip Glass lived with him, Janis Joplin covered his music, Allen Ginsberg stuck it on his fridge, Diane Arbus took his picture and Andy Warhol’s mother designed one of his album covers. Johnny Carson interviewed him, Lenny Bruce shared the bill, Phillip Starck named a building after him, Elvis Costello brought him to London and fashion designers have created entire collections around his look.

For over 30 years, one of the most sought out and recognizable figures in New York City was Louis Hardin, Jr., a towering Midwesterner, who stood day and night on Sixth Avenue and 54th Street, dressed as a Viking, selling poetry and playing homemade instruments. Blind and handsome, he called himself Moondog. 

For the first time on film, THE VIKING OF SIXTH AVENUE will tell the story behind one of the most fascinating personalities of the 20th century, whose life was an inspirational, outrageous adventure. Born in Kansas the son of a preacher, Louis Hardin lost his eyesight at sixteen and studied music at the Iowa School for the Blind.  He makes his way to New York in 1943 and over the next three decades reinvents himself as Moondog, and perfects the unforgettable persona and innovative musical style that will make him famous. Moondog's journey takes him from farm boy to street icon to respected composer, honored by top musicians and European royalty.

THE VIKING OF SIXTH AVENUE looks at what drew so many to Moondog, during his lifetime and to this day. In doing so, it taps into broader universal themes about art, success, fame and what it means to live a truly original life.

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CREDITS:

In production (2017) with Hark Pictures

Director:
HOLLY ELSON

Producers:
LORI CHEATLE,    
HOLLY ELSON

Executive Producers: JOHN BATTSEK,
NICOLE STOTT  
Passion Pictures

 

About the film

Award-winning photographers/filmmakers Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson travel the globe with their young son Lysander, capturing scenes from the vanishing natural world. Walking Thunder is their beautiful, poetic and urgent film that weaves a family’s personal journey with interviews and awe-inspiring stories of East Africa’s indigenous people.

The result is an extraordinary look at the world Lysander is inheriting; one beset by climate change and poaching, in which some of its most majestic creatures are threatened with extinction. Through witnessing the family’s moving and eye-opening encounters with both animals and humans, as well as Lysander’s own developing artistry, Walking Thunder shows at once both a world at peril as well as the dreams and resilient hope of a new generation.

LINKS:

For International sales information, contact:

Vesna Cudic at Dogwoof Global in London
Email: Vesna@dogwoof.com  
Phone: 44 207 2536244

For US domestic information, contact us at info@hardworkingmovies.com

CREDITS:

In production (2017) Directors/Producers:
CYRIL CHRISTO & 
MARIE WILKINSON

Executive Producers:
LORI CHEATLE
WENDY BLACKSTONE

About the film

Director Doug Block has gained international acclaim for a series of personal docs exploring his family history, relationships, love and marriage. In Getting Personal, he takes a revelatory and entertaining first-person look at the genre of personal documentary, combing through the finest examples and meeting the best and boldest filmmakers in the field. From Sherman’s March to Roger & MeTarnation to Stories We Tell, some of the finest and most influential films in recent memory are personal documentaries. Yet personal docs more than any other art form carry stigmas and serious risks — often accused of being self-indulgent and exploitative, they have the potential for alienating family members and loved ones at every stage.What’s the impact of using those closest to us as fodder for our art? As we enter the age of “Generation Selfie” it’s never been more timely and relevant for an overview and reappraisal of this filmmaking style.

CREDITS:

In production (2017)

Director:
DOUG BLOCK

Producers:
LORI CHEATLE,
DOUG BLOCK

 

About

A feature length documentary that tells the exuberant and moving story of Sonia Bazanta, known to the world as the singer Toto La Momposina, the godmother of world music.

Beginning in 2010, filmmakers Donald Roman Lopez and Rene Veilleux follow the legendary Colombian vocalist across Europe, into Mexico and home to Colombia. Beginning with her first major European tour in years, the film uses Toto’s musical performances as a way to retrace pivotal moments throughout her life – displaced by civil war as a child, finding refuge in her family’s musical traditions as a teenager, busking in the Paris metro and becoming the renowned world artist she is today.
At heart is a broader look at the complex issue of identity.

YEAR:
In production

CREDITS:

Director:
DONALD ROMAN LOPEZ

Producer:
RENE VEILLEUX


A Verité Films Production

Featuring interviews with:

TOTO LA MOMPOSINA, following her band, manager and her family.
YOUSSOU N’DOUR
THOMAS BROOMAN (WOMAD)
ANDREA ECHEVERRY & HECTOR BUITRAGO, of the Colombian group  ATERCIOPELADOS
MARINA ABAD (OJOS DE BRUJO from Spain)
MICHEL SALAZAR/VICENTE ARENCIBIA  (ASERE, Cuban band)
MOJARRA ELECTRICA

Upcoming interviews with:

SHAKIRA
LILA DOWNS
PETER GABRIEL
CARLOS VIVES
JUANES
RENE PEREZ JOBLAR (CALLE 13)
CHOCQUIBTOWN (Winners of the Latin Grammy Award)

About the film

A film telling the story of Lillo, an immigrant Italian carpenter who sees his life crumble after a murder in his family. Lillo must decide if he is to seek justice, even if it means losing not only the rest of his family in the process, but possibly even his life. An incredible story about obsession, love and betrayal, featuring breathtaking stop-motion animation by otherworldly artist and filmmaker Tobias Stretch.

CREDITS:

In early production (2017)

Producers:
LORI CHEATLE
GABRIEL SEDGWICK

A Hard Working Movies Production

About the film

A feature-length documentary that looks at the complex, quirky and very funny relationships between some of today’s top comedians and their mothers

CREDITS:

In development (2017)

Director:
GAYLE KIRSCHENBAUM

Producer:
LORI CHEATLE

Executive Producers:
CAROLINE HIRSCH
(of Caroline’s on Broadway),
BASIL HERO

SYNOPSIS

The film tells the fascinating story of the larger-than-life music producer and impresario Bill Graham, during the transformation of rock and roll music from an idealistic youth social movement into a cutthroat industry. Using the 3 short years that Graham’s Fillmore East was open as the framework (1968-1971), The film shows the myriad of forces that revolutionized the art, culture and business of rock music and set the course for everything to come. Directed by Academy Award winner Leon Gast (When We Were Kings, Smash His Camera) and photographer/filmmaker Amalie R. Rothschild, the film features Rothschild’s extraordinary archive of 16mm film footage and over 20,000 photos shot during that time.

Featuring footage and/or interviews with: John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Frank Zappa & Mothers of Invention, The Voices of East Harlem, the Allman Brothers, Taj Mahal, Peter Wolf, Jimi Hendrix, Sha Na Na, Albert King and many more.

CREDITS:

In early production (2017)

Directors:
LEON GAST
AMALIE R. ROTHSCHILD

Producers:
LORI CHEATLE
AMY HOBBY