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. The strand has partnered with theatrical distributors including Roadside Attractions on R.J. Cutler's "The September Issue," Paramount Vantage on Nanette Burstein's "American Teen," ThinkFilm on "Murderball," Magnolia Pictures on "Jesus Camp," Newmarket Films on "Rock School," and Sony Pictures Classics on "My Kid Could Paint That." The latest IndieFilms documentary by director Amir Bar-Lev, "The Tillman Story," premiered at Sundance 2010 and will be released theatrically by The Weinstein Company this year.
Since its inception in 2005, A&E IndieFilms has gained an impressive track record, with both "Murderball" and "Jesus Camp" nominated for Academy Awards. In 2009, the 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") captures Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and her team as they prepare the 2007 Vogue September Issue, widely accepted as the "fashion bible" for the year's trends.
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. Bar-Lev now premieres "The Tillman Story," produced by John Battsek ("One Day in September," "In the Shadow of the Moon," "My Kid Could Paint That"), chronicling 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.
In production now is an A&E IndieFilms feature documentary on Eliot Spitzer by Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney ("Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room," "Taxi to the Dark Side"). The film will follow the rise and fall of the former New York governor and the powerful forces battling to destroy him.