WASHINGTON–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – National Geographic Documentary Films and Magnolia Pictures today released the official trailer and key art for FAUCI, the feature documentary on the country’s top infectious disease expert and dedicated public servant, Dr.Anthony Fauci, MD
Directed by Emmy winners John Hoffman (“Weight of the Nation”, “Sleepless in America”, “Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman”) and Janet Tobias (“Unseen Enemy”, “No Place on Earth”), produced by Alexandra Moss (“Not Done: Women Remaking America”), Jon Bardin (“All In: The Fight for Democracy”), and Executive Produced by Academy Award® winner Dan Cogan (“Icarus”), and two-time Oscar nominee Liz Garbus (“What Happened, Miss Simone?”, “The Farm: Angola, USA”), the film will debut in select theaters that demanded proof vaccination for entry with masks also strongly encouraged on September 10, 2021. Opening cities include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, DC and New Orleans.
Also out this fall, from National Geographic Books, comes Fauci: Expect the unexpected, compiled from interviews in the film. The book goes on sale November 2, 2021 and is available for pre-order from September 10.
FAUCI offers a rare glimpse into the long professional and personal life of the ultimate public servant, who, after a life of service, faced his greatest test: a pandemic the ferocity of which is unmatched in modern history. With his signature blend of scientific acumen, candor and integrity, Dr.Anthony Fauci has become a cultural icon during the COVID-19 pandemic. But it came at a cost, as it also faced attacks from adversaries in a nation increasingly divided by political parties – with science increasingly caught in the sights.
A world-renowned infectious disease specialist and longest-serving public health leader in Washington, DC, who has served under seven presidents, Dr Fauci has overseen America’s response to 40 years of epidemics, including HIV / AIDS, SARS and Ebola. Designed around unprecedented access to Dr. Fauci, National Geographic Documentary Films’ FAUCI is a revealing and intimate portrait of the man best known only for his appearances in the news.
“There is only one Dr Tony Fauci, and it is an incredible privilege to be the first to tell the story of his life and career, including his never-ending quest to cure diseases and prevent epidemics, ”said Hoffman and Tobias.
The film features ideas from former President George W. Bush, Bill Gates, Bono, former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr Francis Collins, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr Tom Frieden, Journalists Laurie Garrett. and Apoorva Mandavilli of the New York Times, and key AIDS activists, among others. Dr Fauci’s family, friends and former patients also provide more personal insight into the man, his personality and what makes him who he is.
“Janet and John have done an amazing job capturing the complex man I’ve come to know over the past three decades,” said Peter Staley, film subject and founding member of ACT UP. “As an activist, I think I will entangle myself with Tony Fauci for the rest of my life, but I will never doubt his commitment to public health, nor his deep decency and humanity.”
The film is directed by John Hoffman and Janet Tobias, who have spent their careers telling important and compelling stories in the science and public health documentary space. For the past 36 years, Hoffman has specialized in communicating to an affected audience about the disease, starting with HIV prevention, then drug addiction, Alzheimer’s disease, obesity, sleep and the role NIH in advancing medical breakthroughs. Tobias’ recent film “Unseen Enemy” warned of the threat of pandemics, which should not have gone unnoticed.
FAUCI is produced by Alexandra Moss (“Not Done: Women Remaking America”) and edited by Amy Foote (“Father, Soldier, Son”) and Brian Chamberlain (“Not Me, Murphy”). The director of photography is Claudia Raschke (“RBG”). For Story Syndicate, the executive producers are Cogan, Garbus and Jon Bardin (“All In: The Fight for Democracy”).
EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Fauci had no creative control over the film or the book. He was not paid for his participation and has no financial interest in the release of the film or book.
National Geographic Documentary Films has previously released the film Academy Award, BAFTA and seven-time Emmy Award Free solo and the Oscar nominated film The cave. Other critically acclaimed films under the banner include Ron Howard Rebuild paradise; Sundance Audience Award Winners Science fair and Sea of Shadows; Emmy Winners LA 92 and Jeanne, who were both included in the 15 best documentaries considered for an Oscar in 2017; and winner of the Dupont Prize Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS.
About National Geographic Documentaries
National Geographic Documentary Films is committed to delivering world-class documentary feature films that cover topical, provocative and globally relevant stories from the world’s best documentary makers. National Geographic Documentary Films is a division of National Geographic Partners, a joint venture between Disney and the National Geographic Society. Advancing knowledge and understanding of our world has been National Geographic’s primary focus for 133 years, and now we’re committed to doing more, pushing boundaries, going deeper for our consumers … and reaching millions. of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do. NGP donates 27% of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com Where nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.
About Magnolia Pictures
A leading independent film studio for 20 years, Magnolia Pictures is the film and home entertainment distribution arm of the Wagner / Cuban companies, with a library of over 500 titles. Recent releases include the two-time Oscar nominee COLLECTIVE, Alexander Nanau’s breathtaking exhibition on corruption at the highest levels of government; France’s official entry into the Oscars TWO OF US; the comedy of hairdresser Udo Kier SWAN SONG; CRYPTOZOO, a visionary comic book writer / artist / filmmaker, Dash Shaw’s fantastic and vibrant animated feature; director Prano Bailey-Bond’s Sundance thriller CENSOR; Roy Andersson’s visually stunning Venice Best Director winner ABOUT ENDLESSNESS; Rodney Ascher’s mind-blowing sci-fi tour A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX; SOME KOR OF HEAVEN, Lance Oppenheim’s documentary chronicling the surreal world of The Villages, the country’s largest retirement community in Florida; ZAPPA, Alex Winter’s unfiltered portrait of the visionary musician and artist; THE FIGHT, following a team of disjointed lawyers within the ACLU as they fight former President Trump’s historic assault on civil liberties; JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE, Dawn Porter’s column on the life and career of the legendary civil rights activist and Democratic representative from Georgia; Hirokazu Kore-Eda, winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2018 and SHOPLIFTERS nominated for the Oscars; box office sensation and Oscar nominated RBG; The winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2017 by Ruben Östlund and Oscar nominee THE SQUARE; and I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO by Oscar nominated Raoul Peck and James Baldwin. Upcoming releases include Radu Jude’s Berlin Golden Bear winner BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN; and selection for Cannes Critics’ Week ANAIS IN LOVE.
About Story Syndicate
Story Syndicate is a New York-based film and television production company dedicated to high-end documentary and scripted content. We provide a home for talented filmmakers, producers, journalists, thinkers and artists to create visual content that innovates, enriches and dazzles viewers. Story Syndicate currently has over 21 movies and series in development and production with premium distribution platforms such as National Geographic, Hulu, Netflix, HBO, Apple, Amazon, FX, Discovery, and more.