Agamemnon Films, founded by Fraser C. Heston and his father Charlton, has announced that Netflix has acquired subscription VOD rights to its documentary, The Search For Michael Rockefeller.
The film is about the disappearance and ultimate fate of the Rockefeller scion in New Guinea, written, directed and produced by Fraser C. Heston. Airdate on Netflix is set for February 1, 2015.
The deal was brokered by Mark Kashden of Cinedigm, a leading independent content distributor in the U.S. The film is repped for all other rights by Paul Hudson of Outsider Pictures, an international sales and distribution company.
Says director Fraser Heston: “The disappearance of Michael Rockefeller is one of the enduring unsolved mysteries of the 20th Century. Until now. There has been a resurgence of interest in Michael Rockefeller and the timing is perfect.”
In 1961, Rockefeller’s trading canoe capsized off New Guinea. Rockefeller set out to swim for shore, with the fateful words: ‘I think I can make it…’ He was never seen again. Or was he?
In 2007, Heston discovered a lost cache of unedited, unseen 16mm footage shot by Milt Machlin, (author of the 1973 classic The Search for Michael Rockefeller) during his 1969 expedition to the New Guinea in search of Michael.
“This footage is extraordinary,” says Heston. “It’s a time capsule of the last days of stone-age New Guinea.”
The documentary includes interviews with missionaries who argue forcefully that Michael was killed and eaten by cannibals. However, Heston was shocked to discover a shot of a naked white man paddling in a canoe full of Asmat warriors, who looks disturbingly like Michael – taken 8 years after Michael disappeared.
The Search For Michael Rockefeller (79 minutes) was written, produced and directed by Fraser C. Heston. Alex Butler, Exec-producer; Heather J. McAdams, Co-producer; Ted Hughes, Editor and Co-producer. Original score by Jon Alexi.