Local Girl Done Good: Documentary By Baltimore Producer Finds Success at Sundance

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Becky Newhall with Brad Gorlecki and Kevin Pollak
Producer Becky Newhall with co-Producer Burton Ritchie and Director Kevin Pollak

The documentary “Misery Loves Comedy”, produced by local Becky Newhall, screened at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend to rave reviews and a deal with a major film company.

“What might have turned out to be a movie about comedy only for comedians is instead a funny and engaging look at the most twisted and naked branch of the entertainment world,” writes Jordan Riefe in his review for the Hollywood Reporter.  Tribeca Film acquired North American rights to “Misery Loves Comedy” last week, in advance of the film’s screening.

The documentary, directed by comedian Kevin Pollak, asks the question, “Do you have to be miserable to be funny?” It features interviews with American and Canadian comics like Amy Schumer, Larry David, Jim Gaffigan, Jimmy Fallon, Martin Short, Tom Hanks and more.

Misery Loves Comedy is a fascinating, unparalleled look inside the minds of some of the greatest and most beloved comedians of our time. Kevin Pollak has made a ‘must watch’ on the art of comedy, for casual enthusiasts, to connoisseurs, to aspiring comedians,” said Todd Green, general manager of Tribeca Film.

Newhall, who lives in the Greenspring Valley and is the mother of three, graduated from Towson University with a degree in film and television production.  She first worked in advertising, recruiting and medical sales before finally deciding to pursue her dream of becoming a filmmaker. Her production company, NewAley Pictures, co-produced “Misery Loves Comedy”.

A Kickstarter campaign that ended in September of 2013 raised over $50,000 to help fund the project. A second film that Newhall co-executive produced, Prophet’s Prey directed by Amy Berg, screens at Sundance today.

A series of soundbites from the film, like the one below with Jimmy Fallon, can be viewed here.

“Misery Loves Comedy” is Newhall’s first film.

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