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Netflix ties up with actor Edward Norton for a documentary ‘My Own Man’
MUMBAI: Internet TV network Netflix will air the documentary ‘My Own Man’from executive producer Edward Norton on 6 March 2015.
The film was written, produced and directed by David Sampliner and will premiere exclusively on Netflix in all territories where it is available.
When director Sampliner learns he’s about to become a father to a baby boy, he fears he must man up and finally embrace the latent masculinity he’s rejected all his life. But as he immerses himself in a strange new world of masculine ideals, including vocal lessons, warrior weekends and hunting, he realizes all roads lead back to his own fraught relationship with his father. Intimate, funny and moving, ‘My Own Man’ reveals the sometimes painful truths that are often left unspoken between fathers and sons. The film made its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2014.
Netflix VP original documentary and comedy Lisa Nishimura said, “We’re proud to be working with Edward Norton and David Sampliner on this film. Intensely personal and yet universally relatable, My Own Man is both an exploration of the new masculinity and an examination of age-old differences between fathers and sons.”
Norton said, “ ‘My Own Man’ is as deeply personal as filmmaking can get. You rarely see an artist document their own personal experience with such candor and simultaneously offer such deep insights into the very universal struggle to communicate within a family. It’s a film that lies within the emotional spectrum of great drama.”
Sampliner said, “When I started making this film, I wanted to document an experience I shared with a lot of my peers: becoming a husband and father in a time when the roles for men were changing so dramatically. But in the course of shooting over seven years, I realised that discovering how to be a 21st century dad meant coming to terms with my own father. I’m hoping that by watching a portrait of my family, audiences will find new ways of understanding their own.”