The Tony Bennett documentary The Zen of Bennett is headed to Netflix, according to the singer’s son and manager Danny Bennett.
The film, which Danny Bennett directed, uses footage from 150 hours of recordings made during the studio sessions for his father’s “Duets II” album with other music stars including: Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, John Mayer and Michael Buble plus more.
Danny Bennett was quoted in an interview as saying: “The film was shot in the context of the making of “Duets II,” but “my vision was not a ‘making of.’ It really is Tony talking first-person about philosophies about family, art, music and how he has survived 60 years in this business – and no end in sight. And you will see the recording of Body And Soul with Amy Winehouse and his discussions with her about her troubles.”
TONY BENNETT DOC ‘THE ZEN OF BENNETT’ TO GET A RELEASE THROUGH ABRAMORAMA AND NETFLIX
Abramorama and Netflix have closed deals to acquire rights to “The Zen of Bennett,” a feature-length documentary about legendary crooner Tony Bennett. Abramorama will handle a limited theatrical release in select cities beginning October 24, while Netflix will stream the film exclusively starting November 12.
Directed by Unjoo Moon and produced by Benedetto Films’ Danny Bennett and Jennifer Lebeau, “The Zen of Bennett” shows the 85-year-old singer, author, painter and activist looking back over his 60-year career and explaining his philosophies of life and the creative process. The project, which had its premiere at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, is Benedetto’s first.
Bennett will put out a new record, “Tony Bennett: Viva Duets,” and a book, “Life Is A Gift: The Zen of Bennett,” this fall.
New York-based Abramorama has released the films “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” “Anvil! The Story of Anvil” and “Pearl Jam Twenty.”