MOLE MAN Documentary to World Premiere at DOC NYC Film Festival This November
Tongal, the world's largest independent creative network, along with White Horse Pictures and Archer Gray announce MOLE MAN, a full-length feature film developed end-to-end by Tongal's creative network. Mole Man will make its world premiere at the prestigious DOC NYC film festival in November.White Horse Pictures, the producing powerhouse behind the Emmy- and Grammy-winning The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years directed by Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese's Emmy-winning documentary No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, and the Grammy-winning Foo Fighters: Back and Forth, turned to Tongal to LEVERAGE its diverse network of more than 120,000 creators in search of a compelling documentary subject for its next film. Tongal's incredibly vast network and proprietary technology platform were integral to discovering the hidden gem at the center of Mole Man. As the winner of the Tongal campaign, filmmaker Guy Fiorita worked closely with White Horse Pictures and Tongal through the completion of the film. Archer Gray, the New York-based media and production company founded by Amy Nauiokas and most recently known for Academy Award-nominated film 20th Century Women and Independent Spirit Winner Diary of a Teenage Girl, also signed on as producer. Mole Man is one of the first films to be supported through Archer Gray's new documentary initiative, following Michael Moore's Where to Invade Next. "Tongal's ability to discover and share incredible stories like Mole Man is why we believe so strongly in our model and the passion of our community. Guy Fiorita dedicated years to making this film and we are proud to have helped develop it and GIVE him a platform to elevate diverse voices," said James DeJulio, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Tongal. "Our esteemed collaborators speak to the importance of this story and the power of embracing new ideas and talent, and we are so excited to sit alongside them at the world premiere at DOC NYC." Mole Man follows Ron Heist, a 66-year-old man on the autism spectrum who is part of the "Lost Generation" of older adults who were never officially diagnosed, as he faces losing the only home he's ever known: a remarkable maze-like structure he built in his backyard over five decades from materials he's found in the woods around his parents' house. It explores what a mind like his is capable of in the absence of therapy or a push to conform to mainstream tendencies. The film is directed by Tongaler and documentary series director, Guy Fiorita (American Restoration, Pawn Stars), who first met Ron on an episode of American Pickers, which Fiorita directed. "We were so excited to partner with Tongal and expand the way we discover and develop non-fiction content - and when we learned about Ron's story, we knew we had found a diamond in the rough," said Cassidy Hartmann, partner at White Horse Pictures. "To have a company of Archer Gray's caliber love the project and come on board only confirmed to us that we had something really special." "We were completely taken by the family's story and moved by Ron's BOUNDLESS ingenuity and creativity," said Vinay Singh, Partner at Archer Gray. "We're excited to share their unique story with audiences at DOC NYC." The world premiere of Mole Man will take place during this year's prestigious DOC NYC film festival in New York City, which aims to guide audiences toward inspiring documentary storytelling. The festival will show the world premiere of Mole Man on Friday, November 10th at 7:30pm at Cinepolis Chelsea.