Impact Partners is proud to present the digital debut of the Sundance Film Festival award-winning film Our New President, directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin (Capital, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, The Notorious Mr. Bout, Clinica de Migrantes, The Truth About Killer Robots). Produced by Maxim Pozdorovkin, Joe Bender (Capital, Clinica de Migrantes, The Truth About Killer Robots), and Charlotte Cook. The film is a satirical portrait of Russian meddling in the 2016 election that reveals an empire of fake news and the tactics of modern day information warfare. Our New President is a Giant Pictures release and will premiere in select territories globally on October 30 on digital platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Steam, Google Play, Vudu, Xbox, Playstation, FandangoNow, and Kanopy. Our New President will also be available on demand through Comcast, Spectrum, Cox, Charter, Verizon Fios, DirecTV and others. The DVD will be available on Amazon and other e-tailers in the U.S. and Canada on November 6.
A trip down the rabbit hole of fake news, Our New President is a satire about the Russian media and its take on American politics. Moving between Kremlin-controlled network news and colorful reinterpretations of this news diet by average Russians, the film charts Trump’s election with reports produced by Putin’s propaganda machine. Overseen by Dmitry Kiselyov, host of the most watched news program on Russian television, a media empire works overtime to sabotage Hillary Clinton while celebrating Donald Trump. Moving through Trump’s first year in office, one piece of fake news at a time, the film compiles material produced by three channels: Russia-1, Russia Today, and the formerly independent network, NTV. A film about the news that is entirely devoid of true statements, this is a portrait of modern-day propaganda and its dissemination across the world. Brace yourself for the “true” story of Our New President.
Our New President (2018, U.S., 78 min) Directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin Edited by Maxim Pozdorovkin and Matvey Kulakov Produced by Joe Bender, Maxim Pozdorovkin and Charlotte Cook Executive Producers: Dan Cogan, Jenny Raskin, Geralyn White Dreyfous, Jim & Susan Swartz, David & Nina Fialkow Archival Producers: Antonina Golikova, Sierra Pettengill, Olga Loginova, Original Score by The Presidential Band, Music by Ivan Markovsky, Sales Agent: UTA – Rena Ronson, Production Company: Third Party Films.
About the Filmmakers
Maxim Pozdorovkin (Director/Producer/Editor) is the director of five documentaries and multiple shorts. His films include The Truth About Killer Robots (2018, HBO), Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (Sundance 2013 Jury Prize) and The Notorious Mr. Bout (Sundance 2014). His documentary Clinica de Migrantes (HBO) was nominated for a 2016 IDA award. Maxim holds a PhD from Harvard University for a dissertation about early propaganda. Next, Maxim is directing How To Rob Banks for Dummies, a hybrid documentary about cult video artist Joe Gibbons.
Joe Bender (Producer) is a producer and cinematographer whose award-winning films have screened in festivals around the world. He most recently shot and produced The Truth About Killer Robots (HBO), which premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, and produced Our New President, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival where it won a Jury Award. His previous film as Director of Photography, Clinica de Migrantes (HBO), was nominated for an IDA award in addition to winning multiple festival prizes. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Charlotte Cook (Producer) is a film curator, writer and producer. Charlotte is a co-founder and executive producer of Field of Vision, a film unit that creates short form, episodic and feature length creative visual journalism. Prior to Field of Vision, she was the Director of Programming at Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival. In addition to her work at Field of Vision, Charlotte is currently a programmer at CPH:DOX.
About Impact Partners
Impact Partners is dedicated to funding independent documentary storytelling that entertains audiences, engages with pressing social issues, and propels the art of cinema forward.
Since its inception in 2007, Impact Partners has been involved in the financing of over 90 films, including: Icarus, which won the 2018 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature; Dina, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was named Best Feature by the International Documentary Association; The Eagle Huntress, which was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary; The Cove, which won the Academy Award® for Documentary Feature; How to Survive A Plague, which was nominated for the Academy Award® for Documentary Feature; The Queen of Versailles, which won the U.S. Directing Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival; and Hell and Back Again, which won the Documentary Grand Jury Prize and Cinematography Awards at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Academy Award® for Documentary Feature. Impact Partners was founded by Dan Cogan and Geralyn Dreyfous.
Our New President will be released through Giant Pictures, a boutique digital distributor based in NYC and Los Angeles, which is dedicated to elevating the digital experience. Working directly with filmmakers and rights owners, Giant distributes movies and TV shows to VOD & OTT platforms in North America and worldwide. Giant is a division of Giant Interactive, an award-winning digital media and technology services company, and is an iTunes Preferred aggregator and encoding house. Recent movie and documentary releases include: Newness (Dir. Drake Doremus, starring Nicholas Hoult, Laia Costa, Sundance 2017), What We Started (Dir. Bert Marcus, featuring Carl Cox, Martin Garrix, Paul Oakenfold, Tiesto, Moby – Miami Ultra 2018), White Boy (Dir. Shawn Rech, DOC NYC 2017), Mr. Roosevelt (Dir. Noel Wells, SXSW 2017). Visit us at: www.giant.pictures