In 2009 Fredrik Gertten went to US with BANANAS!* and got disbelieved and had to face PR scare tactics, dirty tricks and lawsuit from Dole. Today the situation is reverse. WG Film won and this time around Fredrik got a lot of support, interest and love when he came to screen BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* for two weeks in New York City and Los Angeles. Fredrik Gertten also went togheter with lawyer Lincoln Bandlow and publicist David Magdael to Michael Moore's 8th annual Traverse City Film Festival where the film was second runner up to the Audience Award.
Directors Morgan Spurlock, Fredrik Gertten and Alex Rivera at Quad Cinema, New York.
We have had some wonderful people helping us out in the US and of course all of you that came to the screenings and gave us so much good energy and love. In both New York and Los Angeles we had Q & A:s with special guests together with Fredrik Gertten and lawyer Lincoln Bandlow. We like to thank our amazing guests that helped out by moderating Q&A:s and made our screenings something really special: Joe Berlinger, Morgan Spurlock, Ondi Timoner, Lucy Walker, Elise Pearlstein and Leslie Wayne from 100 Reporters where all so lovely and we are so grateful for your wonderful support!
“I am so grateful and honored to have my US filmmaking colleagues join me in these events where we can discuss freedom of speech, corporate intimidation and the future of making non-fiction films,” said Fredrik Gertten.
We also have to thank our wonderful publicist David Magdael and his assistant Eseel Borlasa for their tremendous work and last but not least Michael Moore for inviting us to his festival!
Reviews in the USA:
Sheri Linden at Los Angeles Times called the film "Eye opening" .
Jeanette Catsoulis at New York Times says "A provocative look at what can happen when corporate power takes aim at independent film".
Ed Rampell writes in Hollywood Progressive "The Summer’s Must-See Movie".
BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* will open wider through USA later this fall. After an intense but wonderful stay, BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* and Fredrik Gertten is in New Zealand and then off to Australia where the film has been officially selected to screen at Melbourne International Film Festival August 2-19.
Sydney Morning Herald rates Big Boys Gone Bananas!* top ten films not to miss at the Melbourne IFF: 1. 11 Flowers (China), 2. Big Boys Gone Bananas!* (Sweden), 3. Caesar Must Die (Italy). Fredrik Gertten will be at Melbourne IFF to present BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* and also to have world premiere of his short film The Invisible Bicycle Helmet.