Dagoff has optioned Amanda Kim’s documentary about contemporary artist Nam Joon-Peek for worldwide release, excluding North America and South Korea.
“Nam June Paik: Moon Is the Oldest TV” is set to premiere at Sundance on January 22 as part of the US Documentary Competition.
Paik, one of the most famous Asian artists of the 20th century, revolutionized the use of technology as an artistic canvas and invented the video synthesizer. He is credited with coining the term “Electronic Highway”, which was the title of one of his most famous works, which included more than 300 television sets.
The film follows Peek’s life from childhood as he travels around the world. He fled his native Korea to Japan at the outbreak of the Korean War, before moving to Germany and subsequently to New York City, where he settled in 1964.
The film will include interviews and footage from David Bowie, Joseph Beuys, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Charlotte Moorman, Yoko Ono, Jonas Makas, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, George Massionas, Bad Brains and John Hanhart.
This film is the first feature film of Kim, a Korean American director and producer. Formerly Vice Media’s creative director, he led US video for iD magazine, Creators and Garage. Kim also worked at Viceland, the Vice television channel, as a creative producer in a pilot incubator, where he led the agile production team to test pilots and creative content formats.
The deal for the documentary was negotiated between Dagoff Chief Content Officer Ollie Harbottle and David Koh on behalf of the filmmakers.
“Jon Peek’s legacy as one of the most visionary artists of the 20th century continues to grow with several major exhibitions around the world in recent years,” said Harbottle. From a wealth of material, Amanda has woven together a fascinating look at a true pioneer whose prophetic vision has now become a living reality for the modern world.
Producers Jennifer Stockman and David Koh added, “We are very excited to release this film internationally and partner with Dogwoof. Jon Peek’s name was a pioneer who moved the boundaries of art in the modern world. He is our hero, and his important story will both surprise and resonate with audiences around the world.”
“Nam Joon-Peak: The Moon Is TV’s Oldest” is directed and produced by Amanda Kim. Edited by Taryn Gould. Produced by Stockman, Koh, Amy Hobby, Mariko Munro and Jesse Vaughn. Executive producers include Kenzo Digital, Fab 5 Freddy, Steve Jang, Florence Sloan and “Minari” star Steven Yeun, with Heejung Oh and Alain de la Mata serving as co-producers.
The original score is by Academy Award winner Ryuichi Sakamoto (“The Return”), while the score is by Will Epstein and provides the narrator Yon.