A&E INDIEFILMS® is the feature documentary production arm of A&E Networks. A&E IndieFilms commissions, acquires and provides finishing funds for feature documentaries. Since its inception in 2005, A&E IndieFilms has gained an impressive track record, with both “Murderball” and “Jesus Camp” nominated for Academy Awards.
A&E IndieFilms is known for collaborating creatively with filmmakers as executive producer on films. The strand has also partnered with major theatrical distributors such as Paramount Vantage, Magnolia Pictures, Sony Picture Classics and The Weinstein Company for the theatrical releases of its films.
In 2007, an A&E IndieFilms documentary by Amir Bar-Lev, “My Kid Could Paint That,” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically by Sony Pictures Classics. Nanette Burstein’s “American Teen” also premiered at the Sundance Film Festival the following year in 2008, where it received the Directing Award in the Documentary category.
In 2009, the A&E IndieFilms original production “The September Issue” premiered to tremendous excitement at Sundance Film Festival, winning the Best Cinematographer Award in the Documentary category. Filmmaker R.J. Cutler (“The War Room”) was granted unprecedented access to Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, capturing her and her team as they prepare the 2007 Vogue September Issue.
In 2010 director Amir Bar-Lev returned to creatively partner with A&E IndieFilms on “The Tillman Story.” The film was produced by John Battsek (“One Day in September,” “In the Shadow of the Moon,” “My Kid Could Paint That”), and chronicled the story of the professional football star and decorated U.S. soldier Pat Tillman, who died in a “friendly fire” incident in Afghanistan in 2004. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was distributed by The Weinstein Company.
Also that same year, A&E IndieFilms produced “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer” by Academy-award winning director Alex Gibney. The film explored the rapid rise and dramatic fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. It premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, and was nominated for three News and Documentary Emmy Awards in 2011.
More recently, two A&E IndieFilms premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival - “Under African Skies” directed by Joe Berlinger and “The Imposter” directed by Bart Layton. “Under African Skies” travels with Paul Simon back to South Africa on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his historic Graceland album. “The Imposter” tells the amazing true story about the disappearance of 13 year old boy from Texas, who mysteriously reappears three and a half years later in Southern Spain.