Screen Media Films is in business with Da Bears, as the company has acquired North American and select international rights to 85: The Greatest Team in Football History, a documentary about the legendary 1985 Chicago Bears team that won Super Bowl XX.
Scott Prestin directed the film and produced alongside Rich Lenkov, Tom Pellegrini and Otis Wilson. 85 will be released in theaters in partnership with Fathom Events on Monday, Jan. 29 as a special one-night showing.
The event will feature an exclusive introduction and panel interview with members of the 1985 Chicago Bears taped at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which will include Hall of Fame defensive lineman Dan Hampton, quarterback Jim McMahon, linebacker Otis Wilson and moderator Matt Walsh (HBO’s Veep), who serves as the film’s narrator.
The championship Bears team featured a colorful cast of characters led by Walter Payton, Jim McMahon, William ‘The Refrigerator’ Perry and coach Mike Ditka, and 85 chronicles their journey to victory and pop culture fame (don’t forget that iconic ’80s music video and the famous SNL sketch ‘Da Bears’). The documentary features interviews with members of the ’85 team including Hall of Famers Mike Singletary, Dan Hampton, and Mike Ditka plus Jim McMahon, Steve McMichael, Willie Gault and Otis Wilson, in addition to NFL legends Phil Simms and Dan Marino.
Made by Chicagoans for anyone who loves the Chicago Bears football, the film also features interviews with famous Chicagoans from all walks of life, including President Obama, Bill Murray, Michael Wilbon, Bill Kurtis, Chris Myers, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Walsh.
Tickets to the Fathom screening can be purchased online beginning today by clicking here, or at participating theaters. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 218 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website, as theaters and participants are subject to change.
The deal, which also included U.K., Australian and New Zealand rights, was negotiated between Seth Needle at Screen Media Films, and Bill Straus of Bridge Independent on behalf of the filmmakers.
Screen Media Films’ recent titles include Michel Gondry’s Microbe & Gasoline, Mickey Keating’s Darling, Helen Hunt’s Ride, Chris Messina’s Alex of Venice, and Stephen King’s A Good Marriage starring Joan Allen and Anthony LaPaglia.
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