New York, NY - October 20, 2017 - Parvenu Ventures LLC announced today that it has granted digital rights for North America for its award-winning documentary film “TAKE MY NOSE… PLEASE!” to The Orchard.
The acclaimed film, directed by the 89-year-old, first-time filmmaker Joan Kron (former contributing editor at large of Allure Magazine for 25 years and former fashion reporter of the Wall Street Journal), looks at the pressure on women to be attractive through the lens of comedy, and features well-known funny women including Jackie Hoffman, Judy Gold, Julie Halston, Lisa Lampanelli, Giulia Rozzi and a who’s-who of female comedy icons.
The Orchard will distribute the documentary in the United States and Canada on all digital and on-demand platforms beginning on January 9, 2018, director Kron’s 90th birthday. The film is currently finishing its Oscar® qualifying theatrical run in theaters in Los Angeles and New York.
“I am excited to be working with The Orchard to bring this film to a larger audience,” said director Kron. “We learned in festivals and in our theatrical screenings how the picture resonates with women--and men--by opening up for discussion a topic often spoken about in whispers. After years as a print journalist, it is thrilling for me to see how a film can affect audiences viscerally. Not only is “TAKE MY NOSE… PLEASE!” entertaining – even hilarious – it is visual truth serum, giving viewers permission to talk about their own experiences with age or appearance discrimination and their attitudes, pro and con, toward cosmetic surgery.”
“Some people are surprised,” Kron adds, "that at this late age, I could learn to work in another medium, but I tell them, if I could start writing at age 41, I can become a director in my 80’s.”
Prior to its theatrical run, “TAKE MY NOSE… PLEASE!” was a selection of many film festivals around the country including the Newport Beach Film Festival, Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, and San Francisco DocFest among others. The film won the Audience Award at the Miami Film Festival and at the Berkshire International Film Festival.
New York magazine film critic David Edelstein called the film “…a sweeping, buoyant and entertaining documentary…” and Los Angeles Times reviewer Gary Goldstein recommended it as “lively and enjoyable.”
“TAKE MY NOSE… PLEASE!” follows two comedians as they deliberate about going under the knife. Emily Askin, an up-and coming improv performer, has always wanted her nose refined. Emmy-nominated Jackie Hoffman, a seasoned headliner on Broadway and TV, considers herself ugly and regrets not having the nose job offered in her teens. And maybe she’d like a face-lift, as well. As we follow their surprisingly emotional stories, we meet others who have taken the leap - or held out. Putting it all in perspective are surgeons, sociologists, and cultural critics. And for comic relief and the profundity only comedians can supply, there are some high-profile cameos.
“TAKE MY NOSE… PLEASE!” is directed and produced by Joan Kron and edited by the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Nancy Novack. Producers are Brian David Cange, W. Wilder Knight, II and Andrea Miller. Bill Scheft, a long-time writer for David Letterman, and Adrianne Tolsch, a pioneering stand up comedian, are executive producers. The original score is composed by David Cieri, while Damon Bundschuh is director of photography.
The agreement was negotiated by W. Wilder Knight, II of Pryor Cashman on behalf of the filmmakers and by Danielle DiGiacomo for The Orchard.
About The Orchard
The Orchard, celebrating 20 years in business, is a pioneering independent film, TV and music distribution company that operates in over 25 global markets. The company, founded as a music distributor in 1997, is a groundbreaking leader in the film and television distribution space, known for its innovative technology that provides filmmakers with up-to-the minute trending data and analytics on their projects. Upcoming film releases include I Love You, Daddy; Kings; BPM (Beats Per Minute); Thelma; The Work; 11/8/16; and Outside In. The company’s film division has enjoyed such recent successes as the Academy Award-nominated documentaries Cartel Land and Life, Animated; Taika Waititi’s The Hunt for the Wilderpeople; Academy Award-winner Morgan Neville’s The Music of Strangers; Alex Lehmann’s Blue Jay; Antonio Campos’ Christine; Pablo Larrain’s critically acclaimed, Golden Globe-nominated Neruda; Oren Moverman’s The Dinner; and Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent. The company is currently in theaters with Super Dark Times, Dina and Trophy.
For more information on The Orchard, please visit www.theorchard.com.