FRAMING JOHN DELOREAN To Premiere At Tribeca Film Festival – Stars Alec Baldwin, Morena Baccarin, Josh Charles
Alec Baldwin, Morena Baccarin, Josh Charles star in the brand new trailer for FRAMING JOHN DELOREAN.
It was announced earlier this week that the film would have it premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival taking place April 24 – May 5. From Sundance Selects, FRAMING JOHN DELOREAN opens in theaters and VOD June 7th.
Few left their mark on the automotive industry quite like John Z. DeLorean (1925-2005). As an engineer and executive at General Motors, beginning in the 1950s, he was at the helm of the industry’s successes of the era, including classic Pontiac and Chevrolet car models. Ascending to become the youngest division head in the GM history, DeLorean broke away in 1973 to launch his own company. His signature stainless-steel DeLorean sports car was a notorious flop, though the model would later achieve pop culture infamy as the time-machine in Back to the Future.
In 1982, DeLorean was ensnared in scandal after he was videotaped by the FBI, seemingly willing to bankroll a drug smuggling operation. Though he was acquitted in 1984 after a highly publicized trial, the negative attention was a blow to DeLorean’s reputation. Within a year, his wife Cristina Ferrare filed for divorce.
Directors Sheena M. Joyce and Don Argott (makers of the acclaimed 2009 film The Art of the Steal) were originally consulted to direct a documentary supplement to a feature film about DeLorean. When the biopic fell apart, the directors then endeavored to create a unique and irreverent documentary/feature hybrid, which includes traditional talking heads and archival footage woven in with scripted scenes of actor Alec Baldwin, portraying DeLorean at critical moments throughout the tycoon’s life.
FRAMING JOHN DELOREAN features interviews with a wide range of individuals who knew DeLorean, including former colleagues, employees, lawyers, friends and family. Producer Tamir Ardon appears on camera to contextualize DeLorean’s impact; Back to the Future screenwriter Bob Gale addresses his signature car’s influence on the zeitgeist; and two of DeLorean’s children, Zach and Kathryn, open up about the complexities of having this iconic, enigmatic man as their father.
Joining Baldwin in the narrative scenes are Morena Baccarin (DEADPOOL, GOTHAM) as Cristina Ferrare and Josh Charles (THE GOOD WIFE, MASTERS OF SEX) as DeLorean’s business partner Bill Collins.
In an interview with the filmmakers, directors Sheena M. Joyce and Don Argott were asked about John’s wife Cristina Ferrare and the portrayal of her by actress Morena Baccarin.
Q: Cristina Ferrare is another fascinating, self-possessed figure. We also get to see her experiences through Morena Baccarin’s performance.
SHEENA: Having Morena give Cristina so many dimensions in our film was amazing. It was important to show that Cristina was not just some prop in John’s life. She was an independent, successful woman with her own career, who had to carry that family for a great deal of time. She was the glue that held them together. And she propped John up for years. We wanted to make sure she wasn’t just seen as an accessory or just a beautiful part of John’s collection.
DON: Our biggest regret is not being able to include more of Morena’s scenes. Cristina has different take on what happened, for example, when they got the phone call about John’s arrest. We didn’t have room to include all of that stuff, but Morena is such an amazing asset to this film on so many levels.
SHEENA: And her inclusion is also vital to John’s story, because it helps raise the stakes. It wasn’t just about losing his business for him. He was going to lose everything, including her.
The film also showcases Baldwin’s makeup test as he is preparing the role (with assistance from Saturday Night Live’s hair and makeup department) and the actor’s ever-incisive behind-the-scenes commentary on DeLorean’s mythos and whether the truth of a person can be fully known.
FRAMING JOHN DELOREAN raises the bar for documentary filmmaking and offers a thrilling, subversive first look at a mysterious, misunderstood man.