Los Angeles CA (PRWEB) July 21, 2010
Bert Marcus Productions, the company behind the upcoming Adrian Grenier HBO documentary Teenage Paparazzo, has today announced its second documentary feature film How to Make Money Selling Drugs, which features participation from a slew of noteworthy figures from the political, entertainment and celebrity arenas.
Founded by filmmaker and entrepreneur Bert Marcus, the company is focused on producing documentary and feature films that explore issues of contemporary life in innovative and thought-provoking ways. How to Make Money Selling Drugs is the company's second film with Adrian Grenier and features a visually stunning chronicle of the adrenaline-fueled high-stakes world of drug dealing. The film is produced by Bert Marcus and Adrian Grenier. Matt Cooke directs.
In How to Make Money Selling Drugs, Marcus takes a decidedly unconventional documentary approach, presenting a provocative glimpse into the lives of those involved in the "war on drugs." Marcus gains a diverse and unique perspective on the subject by interviewing rappers 50 Cent and Eminem, as well as actors Adrian Grenier, Woody Harrelson, Susan Sarandon and infamous drug kingpin "Freeway" Rick Ross. Bert Marcus Productions was granted unprecedented access for the film from top-ranking Government officials including U.S. Drug Czar, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and former Senate Majority Leader and current Middle East envoy George Mitchell, all providing varied viewpoints on this controversial subject. Marcus only in his late twenty's, was both a writer and producer for the project, handling everything from development, day to day production, raising financing and talent attachment. The film's only producers are Bert Marcus and Adrian Grenier. Matt Cooke is directing.
Bert Marcus Productions is also announcing today the company's third high profile documentary film, a boxing documentary in a partnership with television personality and actor Mario Lopez. The untitled boxing documentary will shed a light on the increasingly popular world of boxing and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) through interviews with everyone from enthusiasts to underground fighters and industry professionals. The film uses boxing as a fine balance between life and work, between camaraderie, and solitude. It delves into why boxing is more than a sport, but a way of life for so many people. Narrated by Lopez, the film will document the worldwide appeal for the sport and will interview boxing champions Manny Pacquiao, Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya, as well as many A list celebrity boxing enthusiasts including Governor Schwarzenegger and media figures such as Donald Trump. Marcus is going to write, produce, and make his directorial debut.
"I'm thrilled to be working with so many talented people on these films" said Marcus in making today's announcement. "We are continually striving to bring the highest quality film and content to the screen. Content that will both educate and truly entertain an audience. We have been fortunate to have the support of wonderful people and to have been granted unprecedented access, which has helped us create some truly unique and inspiring documentaries that we are excited to bring to the market."
Marcus has actively produced all of the films he has worked on, participating in every aspect of the filmmaking process from the very conception of a project to developing material, raising funds to selecting key cast and crew members. He has a day-to-day presence throughout production, consistently on set and in the editing bay, ensuring that the final product will be of the highest quality. Bert Marcus Productions' uses a combination of cutting-edge cinematography, motion graphics and the latest cameras and technology to present high caliber, stylish documentaries in contrast to the more traditional documentary stock footage style.
In 2008, Marcus teamed up with Grenier to create Teenage Paparazzo, a feature-length documentary that examines our society's preoccupation with fame. As Grenier found himself being photographed by a 13-year-old paparazzo while out in Hollywood, Marcus realized who better to guide audiences through the complex relationships between celebrities, paparazzi and the voyeuristic need to see into the lives of the rich and famous than Grenier himself. The irony behind Grenier's recognition had come from his role playing a celebrity on television. Teenage Paparazzo, directed by Grenier and produced by Marcus, features revealing interviews with stars including Alec Baldwin, Paris Hilton, Matt Damon, and Lindsay Lohan, as well as intriguing perspectives from comedian Lewis Black and acclaimed anthropologist Thomas de Zengotita. An instant hit with audiences at its 2010 Sundance Film Festival premiere, Teenage Paparazzo was immediately picked up by HBO and will be airing this September.
Marcus is also developing an unnamed feature film project with Joel Zwick (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) attached to direct, as well as a fourth documentary which will focus on the media and how society receives news today.