Mark Hartley, director,
The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films"
If the 1980s belonged to any Hollywood studio, it was Cannon Films. Led by the Go-Go Boys, Israeli filmmakers and cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, the now-defunct mini-major made a name for itself by procuring existing franchises, making low-budget B-movies with Charles Bronson, Chuck Norris, and Michael Michael Dudikoff, and funding personal projects by John Cassavetes, Barbet Schroeder, and Franco Zeffirelli. In a bid to play with the big boys, Cannon made the disastrous decision to abandon its business model of producing films on the cheap. The bombs Masters of the Universe, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, and Over the Top contributed to Cannon declaring bankruptcy and Golan and Globus going their separate ways. Directed by Mark Hartley, the documentary Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films chronicles Golan and Globus’ failed attempt to go Hollywood. Hartley previously directed the documentaries Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! and Machete Maidens Unleashed! as well as the 2013 remake of Patrick. Electric Boogaloo, which premiered locally at this year’s Fantastic Fest with Hartley in attendance, does not currently have a theatrical release date.
Aired: Oct. 16, 2014
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