United States 2021, 100 min, English, Hebrew subtitles

Dean Martin epitomized cool. A founding member of the Rat Pack, Dean was a multi-talented performer who was part of the number one comedy act in America, a chart-topping singer for over half a century and one of the biggest stars in Hollywood and on TV. He was the consummate charmer on stage and off. Everybody loved him. Yet for all his celebrity, fame and adoration, no one ever truly knew him. King of Cool seeks to change this. Through the use of interviews with friends, family, those who worked with him and modern actors and musicians inspired by him, as well as never before seen archival footage including from his time with Jerry Lewis, his movies and his TV Variety Show and Roasts, viewers get an intimate and personal account of his life. The film dives deep to try and understand why he was such an enigma and even searches to find Dean’s Rosebud.

Previous Festivals: DOC NYC

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Screening Schedule:
  • Sat 08.01 | 21:00 | Venue Cinematheque 3
  • Thu 13.01 | 21:00 | Venue Cinematheque 3
  • Fri 14.01 | 14:30 | Venue Cinematheque 3
  • Sat 29.01 | 19:00 | Venue Cinematheque 3
  • Watch online | The film is available for viewing until 31/01

Tom Donahue’s latest feature documentary is the Netflix Original LOS TIGRES DEL NORTE AT FOLSOM PRISON. Released in 2019, the film was nominated for three Latin Grammys (winning Album of the Year for its soundtrack). In 2018, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING, a “searing” (Washington Post) “breakout documentary” (Hollywood Reporter) about systemic gender discrimination in Hollywood (including interviews with Meryl Streep, Shonda Rhimes, Taraji Henson, Reese Witherspoon and more) had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was released in theaters in 2019 by Good Deed Entertainment and currently streams on Netflix. The film won both the Gracie Award & the Los Angeles Press Club’ Arts and Entertainment Journalism Award for Best Documentary of the Year. Donahue’s THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE (“Gut wrenching... important” -The New York Times) examined the failed mental health policy in the military with interviews including General David Petraeus, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and General Loree Sutton. In 2014, Donahue’s Emmy-nominated HBO feature documentary CASTING BY won an Artois Award and was hailed as one of the Top Five Documentaries of the year by the National Board of Review.

Production: Ilan Arboleda, Tom Donahue
Production Company: CreativeChaos vmg
Cinematography: Stefano Ferrari, Alecia Jean Denegar
Sound Design & Music: Leigh Roberts

Source: Autlook Filmsales

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