Vision Films Unveils Five New Feature Documentaries About Timely Subjects: Charles Manson, Bob Fosse, Killer Whales, Women and the Sea & Speed Junkies at the Cannes Film Festival

Manson: Music from an Unsound Mind

Vision Films Inc. (“Vision) announced on Friday five new feature-length documentaries which will be licensed globally at the Cannes Film Festival May 14-25.

Manson: Music from an Unsound Mind is a never-heard-before story about the infamous killer and cult leader Charles Manson’s failed musical ambitions, connections with Terry Melcher, Brian Wilson and other Hollywood recording artists, which ultimately led to revenge, chaos and terror. Bob Fosse: It’s Showtime! unveils the true story of the cinematographer, director and choreographer of such films as All That Jazz, Cabaret, Pippin and many others. She is the Ocean follows the story of unique women who are like the ocean, a force of nature with depths unknown. Long Gone Wild highlights the battle to save killer whales from captivity in amusement parks and new ways to rescue and release them. Speed is my Need is about the sport of high-speed racing and the addictive and dangerous adrenaline felt by the racers themselves.

“Documentaries have become part of the cultural zeitgeist in the U.S. and around the world,” said Lise Romanoff, managing director and CEO of Vision Films. “The renewed vigor to question, to learn and to grasp the world around us has led to a revolution in documentary filmmaking and they have become an important vehicle for us to assimilate information.  Vision is proud to have a deep library of documentaries and we are very proud to be releasing these fabulous intellectual tools to the worldwide audience.”

Vision Films is located at 5, le Croisette at the Cannes festival. Romanoff and Adam Wright, EVP, sales and acquisitions, will be in attendance.  

TITLE Manson: Music from an Unsound Mind 

GENRE Documentary, Biography, Music 

Running time 90 Min Country of origin UK

Status: Completed                

Production company Spiritlevel Cinema

Producer Tom O’Dell, Elio Espana

Director Tom O’Dell

Key cast Dianne Lake (former Manson Family member), Gregg Jakobson (Dennis Wilson’s songwriting partner), Phil Kaufman (Manson’s fellow inmate and producer), Stephen Desper (Beach Boys' producer) and Ernie Knapp (The Milky Way guitarist)

Log line Charles Manson had one goal - to become a rock star. Told by those who were there, witness his obsession to audition for the Hollywood elite such as Terry Melcher and Dennis Wilson, how the Beatles’ Helter Skelter motivated his race wars, how The Byrds, The Beach Boys and Bob Dylan influenced the music he used to seduce his followers, and his spiral into violence over a failed musical career.​

TITLE Bob Fosse: It’s Showtime! 

GENRE Documentary, Biography 

Running time 60 Min Country of origin USA

Status: Completed                

Production company Pan Productions

Producer Julien Planté, Stephen Arnell

Director Lucia Helenka

Scriptwriter Lucia Helenka, Stephen Arnell

Key cast Will Young (British singer-songwriter), Louise Redknapp (American singer-songwriter), Jason Solomons (British film critic), David Benedict (culture critic and broadcaster)

Log line The life of award-winning director, choreographer and cinematographer Bob Fosse. From his self-destructive side to his genius on films such as "Cabaret" and "All that Jazz."

TITLE She is the Ocean 

GENRE Documentary, Sports, Lifestyle

Running time approx. 90 Country of origin Russia

Status: Completed

Production company Inwaves Production

Producer Inna Blokhina

Director Inna Blokhina

Key cast Cinta Hansel (14-year-old surfing champion), Coco Ho (3rd world-ranked surfing champion), Anna Bader (six-time European high diving champion), Ocean Ramsey (scientist, marine biologist), Keala Kennelly (professional surfer), Andrea Moller (world record holder in SUP), Rose Molina (underwater ballet dancer), Jeannie Chesser (professional surfer, cancer survivor), Sylvia Earle (oceanographer, author) 

Log line A woman is like the ocean: a force of nature with depths unknown. Follow the story of women from all corners of the globe who paint a mosaic portrait of passion and unity while sharing one thing in common: a profound love for the ocean.

TITLE Long Gone Wild

GENRE Documentary, Ecology

Running time approx. 90 Country of origin USA

Status: Completed

Production company Long Gone Wild LLC

Producer William Neal, Rachel Weil, Michele Wolpe

Director William Neal

Scriptwriter William Neal

Key cast Ric O'Barry (activist, former animal trainer), Dr. Naomi Rose (Animal Welfare Institute staff), Dr. Ingrid Visser (Orca Research Trust founder), Charles Vinick (executive director of The Whale Sanctuary Project), Steven Wise (founder of the Nonhuman Rights Project), Dr. Lori Marino (neuroscientist and animal behavior expert), Jeff Ventre (activist, former Sea World trainer)

Log line Killer whales are being hunted for sale into the exploding marine theme park industry. Witness the case against captivity, the Whale Sanctuary Project and covert missions in search of captive orcas.

TITLE Speed Is My Need

GENRE Documentary, Sports 

Running time 74 Min Country of origin UK

Status: Completed                

Production company SEIS Releases Limited

Producer Alan Byron

Director Mark Sloper

Key cast "Fast" Freddie Spencer (World Champion motorcycle racer), Colin "Texas Tornado" Edwards (professional motorcycle racer), Rick Broadbent (author, sports writer)

Log line What drives these two-wheeled gladiators to risk everything? Enter the world of professional speed racing where motorcycle and mind must work hand in hand to be the first to cross the finish line. With access to heroic racing footage and unbelievable crashes, see how psychology and modern surgery have impacted modern racing. 

About Vision Films

Vision Films is a leading independent sales and VOD aggregator specializing in the licensing, marketing and distribution of over 800 feature films, documentaries and series from some of the most prolific independent film producers in the world. Led by Lise Romanoff, managing director/CEO worldwide distribution, Vision Films releases two to four films a month across theatrical, VOD, DVD and television platforms.

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Founded in 1997 and based in Marina Del Rey, CA, Vision Films is an independent worldwide Distributor and VOD Aggregator of over 500 Feature Films, 500 Documentaries and 100 Music Programs.