Sundance Now, the AMC Networks streaming service, has announced that documentary Circus Kid will get an exclusive premiere on December 21.
The doco, produced by Jon Hamm, Jennifer Westfeldt and Eden Wurmfeld, directed by Lorenzo Pisoni and executive produced by Daniel Radcliffe and Karen Lehner, documents the spirit, the lunacy, the daring, the danger and the dynamics of growing up in a circus family. It captures Lorenzo Pisoni’s unique childhood and showcases Pisoni’s father, Larry, his mother Peggy, his sister Gypsy (who recently created the circus work in the Tony-winning Broadway smash Pippin), and original Pickle Family Circus member, Bill Irwin, Geoff Hoyle and many others in The Pickles.
“‘Circus Kid’ is a universal story of family and of growing up that will speak to the entire Sundance Now audience,” said Jan Diedrichsen, General Manager, SundanceTV and Sundance Now. “Both fantastic and fantastical, this documentary is a rare gem and we are so proud to be able to offer it to our members.”
“When I met, and worked with Lorenzo in 2013, I was floored that this dashing Clark Kent type grew up in the circus — performing from age 2 alongside his clown father, his juggler mother and his acrobat sister. A glimpse into a childhood of being locked in trunks, thrown stories high into the air and performing with men in gorilla suits felt like great fodder for a fun documentary,” said producer Jennifer Westfeldt. “But when I met Larry, Lorenzo’s magnetic and complicated father, a deeper story emerged. This film is, at its heart, a bittersweet portrait of Larry Pisoni— who was the best leader, coach, clown partner and boss a circus kid could hope to have — but struggled to be what his son perhaps needed most: a parent.”
“Lorenzo has made a film, ‘Circus Kid,’ about his life experience that is at once incredibly unique, touching, and engrossing while also inspiring anyone who sees it to unlock their own coming of age story,” said Daniel Radcliffe, Executive Producer.
A Points West Production, in association with Eden Wurmfeld Films and Pro Media, the film is executive produced by Karen Lehner and Daniel Radcliffe (“Harry Potter” film franchise); Sarah Dussealt, Jennifer Westfeldt, Eden Wurmfeld, Jon Hamm, William Rexer ll and Lorenzo Pisoni are producers; Pisoni also directed the film.