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"Shepard & Dark" Documentary Coming to DVD and VOD in October

By Rich Heldenfels Published: August 2, 2013

You can read a review a roundup of info about the film, which won the documentary award at the Cleveland International Film Festival, and some festival reviews here. The brief from the Cleveland fest is here.

The official word on the DVD/VOD release follows: The fascinating documentary SHEPARD & DARKfocuses on the rich, complex and decades-long friendship between legendary playwright/actor Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark, a writer and archivist who lives in Deming, New Mexico and works behind a deli counter. An earnest, intimate and often comedic portrait of two male friends whose relationship has spanned some 50 years, the award-winning SHEPARD & DARK is the first directorial effort by filmmaker Treva Wurmfeld.


Receiving unprecedented access to her subjects, Wurmfeld began filming the two friends, both separately and together, in 2010, and continued the process for an 18-month period in New Mexico, California, Kentucky and Texas. It was a period of transition and reflection for Shepard, who had quietly ended his relationship with actress Jessica Lange and accepted a proposal to publish his correspondence with Dark. (The forthcoming book, Two Prospectors, is slated for publication in October, 2013).


SHEPARD & DARKrequired its leading players to meet and sift through years of their shared history, stirring memories both good and bad. And though the pair frequently engaged in spirited bickering over such subjects as Bing Crosby vs. Tony Bennett or what time they should eat dinner, it wasn’t all light-hearted and fun. Tracing back four decades of experiences, Sam and Johnny tap into the deeper subjects of love, duty, fatherhood, grief, passion, money, art, freedom and isolation.


Music Box Films Home Entertainment will release SHEPARD & DARKon DVD and VOD for the first time on October 22, 2013 (prebook September 17th). The DVD disc of SHEPARD & DARKwill include a host of bonus features and carry the suggested retail price of $ 29.95


Declared to be “One of the 50 Best Undistributed Films of 2012” by Film Comment, SHEPARD & DARKgarnered universal acclaim on the national film festival circuit. It took home Best Documentary and Best Editing honors at the 2012 Woodstock Film Festival and was the winner of the Nesnadny and Schwartz Documentary Film Competition at the 2013 Cleveland International Film Festival.


With rare intimacy and the access to a rich archive of photographs and old family movies, SHEPARD & DARKunveils the past in a way that speaks to Shepard’s work, current state of mind, and arresting cinematic presence, opposite the auspicious debut of Johnny Dark.


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