SlingShot: An Interview with Director Paul Lazarus

SlingShot is a feature documentary following famed inventor Dean Kamen’s journey into solving the world’s water crisis with his revolutionary water distillation machine. It was released in 2014 and is director Paul Lazarus’ first documentary feature.  Wheelhouse was thrilled to work with Paul on the trailer for this engaging documentary.

Paul Lazarus is a director, writer and producer based in Los Angeles.   He has directed a diverse range of projects in theater, television and film – his work in primetime TV series includes:  “Ugly Betty,”  “Pretty Little Liars,” “Melrose Place” and “Friends.”

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Wheelhouse Teams Up with Doc NYC

The fifth year of America’s largest documentary festival is about to start up this November 13th in Manhattan. This year over 100 different films are being played throughout the city at IFC Center, SVA Theatre, and Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas.

Wheelhouse partnered with the festival to create a trailer that would give insight to some of the most anticipated films and to showcase the variety of special guest and panels that will be taking place. We’re excited to be participating not only with the people of DOC NYC but also with the filmmakers in the festival.

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Trailer Spotlight: Finding Fela

From Academy Award winning director Alex Gibney, Kino Lorber‘s Finding Fela documents the story of Fela Kuti, an African visionary who used his Afrobeat music as a weapon to ignite a revolution against the repressive Nigerian military regime and illuminate his Pan Africanist political beliefs. The film weaves together footage of Fela from the 70’s and 80’s with numbers from the musical adaption of his life as well as interviews with his children, The Roots’ Questlove, choreographer Bill T. Jones, and Paul McCartney among others.

Cutting the trailer for a documentary about this monumental figure in music history was certainly a challenge – for any biographical documentary you need to find the right balance of educating and entertaining.  Read more for insight into the process of creating this trailer.

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Burt’s Buzz Trailer Review on /Film

/Film’s weekly column “This Week In Trailers” profiled our trailer for the FilmBuff documentary Burt’s Buzz and had some nice things to say about that familiar face and beard.  Read Christopher Stipp’s write up below:

I just felt calm watching this.

Director Jody Shapiro looks to have made a documentary that seems completely fascinating and utterly infused with a sense of good vibes. There is a sense of melancholy about Burt, a sadness almost, but the trailer feels like an old school, peppy VW bug that is being passed by far more modern pieces of automotive machinery. And they could care less. This guy Burt seems just tickled with where he is in life, even though he seems to display only one emotion, and the kind of fawning people make over his presence makes him the epitome of an unlikely celebrity. I’ve never used any of his products but I absolutely know that face and that beard. Why this looks like one of the most interesting documentaries I’ve seen this month baffles me but I do that this trailer is so evenly paced, scored and edited there isn’t any other answer to its request for your time other than to say yes, yes indeed.

Burt’s Buzz is available on in Theaters, on Demand and on iTunes.