(Courtesy of Dark Star Pictures)
La-La Land Entertainment and Dark Star Pictures dive into the cinematic profile of filmmaker Larry Cohen, who made an indelible impact with his numerous projects, in their must-see documentary, King Cohen. Director and producer Steve Mitchell reveals the triumphs and hardships of what it means to be an American film auteur.
Buckle up for the true story of writer, producer, director, creator and all-around maverick, Larry Cohen (Phone Booth). Told through compelling live interviews, stills and film/TV clips, the people who helped fulfill his vision, and industry icons, including Larry himself, bring one-of-a-kind insight into the work, process and legacy of a true American auteur. Few can boast of a career as remarkable or prolific, spanning more than 50 years of entertaining audiences worldwide!
Here are 5 reasons you need to see King Cohen:
5) The Guests!
Providing insightful behind-the-scenes trivia are Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver), J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Joe Dante (Gremlins), Mick Garris (The Stand), John Landis (American Werewolf in London), Tara Reid (American Pie), and Fred Williamson (From Dusk Till Dawn)! Now that’s an awesome list!
4) An Amazing Career!
Indie filmmakers and film students must see this documentary because it’s about keeping your artistic integrity intact while being resourceful with a low-budget. Larry Cohen made a name for himself with his horror flicks, It’s Alive, and blaxploitation films, Black Caesar. And yet his standout films all carry an underlining social commentary that transcends time.
3) Never Give Up!
In order to survive the Hollywood machine, Larry Cohen is unbreakable in his perseverance to finish his film and continue on with his next one. You learn about the pitfalls that Cohen had to go go through, as well as hear about the success stories. What the inspiring documentary says most of all, if he can do it; so can you.
As a movie lover, I am a huge fan of Cohen’s Hitchcockian thriller, Phone Booth. Not only did I find out more tidbits about my favorite movie, I also discovered what a true director/actor relationship is. Discussing his work in Q: The Winged Serpent, Michael Moriarty reveals what an actor needs from a director to create a character’s performance.
1) A Charming Documentary!
Full of wit and charm, King Cohen delivers fascinating stories and compelling lessons about a dynamic filmmaker who never strayed far from his vision. You’ll wants to revisit your favorite Larry Cohen movie after watching this documentary. Or even make a film of your own!
King Cohen will receive a July 7 theatrical rollout, followed by an August 14th, 2018 VOD release.