The Remarkable And Hilarious True Story Of RED PENGUINS Comes To BBC Storyville & iPlayer From Monday December 7
"Forget Tiger King. I’m over Tiger King. I want to see a star-studded adaptation of Red Penguins.” "Polsky masterfully weaves in archival footage with present-day interviews." "Thanks to this superb film from director Polsky, we now have the definitive record of one of the craziest chapters in the history of ice hockey."
– Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
"REMARKABLE – AND FUNNY"
– Pete Hammond, Deadline
"The most fun I've had watching a motion picture of any type this year."
"Red Penguins… will appeal to you if you are a sports fan, a history buff, a follower of current events, or someone who just loves a good tale well told. This gets my highest recommendation."
– Teddy Durgin, Teddy’s Takes
Gabe Polsky's (Red Army) awards contender and acclaimed TIFF documentary Red Penguins
A wild tale of clashing cultures that gets to the heart of the U.S. & Russian cultural divide
Written, Directed, and Produced by Gabe Polsky
Official Selection - 2019 Toronto International Film Festival
An eccentric American marketeer journeys into the heart of “The Wild East” - Russia in the 90’s. From award-winning filmmaker, Gabe Polsky, comes a bizarre and absorbing story highlighting a pivotal moment in U.S.-Russian relations in a lawless era when Hollywood and advertisers meet oligarchs & gangsters and multiple murders went unsolved.
Detailing an incredible true story involving gangsters, strippers, and live bears serving beer on a hockey rink, Red Penguins tells the wild forgotten true story of capitalism and opportunism run amok in Moscow. Shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the famed Red Army hockey team formed a joint venture that redefined what was possible in the new Russia. Eccentric marketing whiz, Steve Warshaw, is sent to Moscow and tasked to transform the team into the greatest show in Russia, attracting some of the biggest names in Hollywood and advertising along the way. He takes the viewer on a bizarre journey highlighting a pivotal moment in U.S.-Russian relations during a lawless era when oligarchs made their fortunes and multiple murders went unsolved.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER - GABE POLSKY
Most recently, Gabe Polsky wrote, directed, and produced the feature documentary Red Penguins which premiered to acclaim at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Pete Hammond of Deadline called it, "a remarkable — and funny — docu that seems ripe for...entry into this year’s docu feature race.” Universal will release the film in the spring/summer of 2020.
In 2018 Polsky wrote, directed, and produced In Search of Greatness— a cinematic journey into the secrets of genius, as told through the greatest athletes of all time. It was released theatrically to critical acclaim and was nominated for several awards, including a WGA Award. In 2017, Gabe Executive Produced Genius, the 10 time Emmy® nominated TV show on National Geographic about Albert Einstein. He and his brother Alan acquired the rights to the Albert Einstein Estate and the best-selling Walter Isaacson biography, which became the bedrock of the series.
In 2015, Polsky wrote, directed, and produced the award-winning documentary Red Army which was released by Sony Pictures Classics. Executive Produced by Jerry Weintraub and Werner Herzog, the film premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival to universal acclaim. The story chronicled the epic rise and fall of the Soviet Union, through its famed Red Army hockey team.
Polsky co-directed and produced The Motel Life, a feature film starring Emile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning, and Steven Dorff. The film won numerous international awards and was described by IndieWire as “a perfectly formed indie with a heart of gold.” In 2016, The New Yorker commissioned Polsky to make a short documentary called The Blimp-Maker. Additional producing credits include: Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, which was named in over 40 top-ten lists of 2009 and His Way, an Emmy® nominated documentary released by HBO in 2011.
RED PENGUINS IS ON BBC STORYVILLE & IPLAYER FROM MONDAY DECEMBER 7