Star-Studded Documentary "Becoming Iconic: Jonathan Baker"

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Independent distributor Green Apple Entertainment is set to distribute the highly anticipated Digital HD, DVD and VOD debut of filmmaker Jonathan Baker's fascinating Hollywood documentary, BECOMING ICONIC:  JONATHAN BAKER, following academic distribution through the Fall of 2020.

Featuring some of the industry's most iconic directors, including Jodie Foster, Taylor Hackford, Adrian Lyne, Nicolas Cage, John Badham, and Warren Beatty, this one-of-a-kind film explores the process of directing a big-budget feature, from the ground up, through the eyes of top directors as they tell their own stories.

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A must-see for movie lovers and anyone who has ever dreamed helming a big-budget Hollywood feature, BECOMING ICONIC: JONATHAN BAKER was created in tandem with Baker's preparation for and production of his own directorial debut of INCONCEIVABLE, starring Nicolas Cage, Gina Gershon and Faye Dunaway.

The documentary is directed by Neal Thibedeau. Including fascinating, candid stories on topics ranging from the pressures of financing and  working with top talent to the ultimate challenge of making sure to stay true to the film's  vision, the documentary chronicles the inspirational "first time" stories of these celebrated  directors, combined with the very personal story of Baker's dream of making it big in Hollywood.

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Baker explains, "BECOMING ICONIC started out with studios asking me questions: 'Can you direct?', and 'Are you a producer?', and I used to go to Warren Beatty and say, 'What are they talking about? I do know how to write and direct!' They would say to me 'but can you do it?', and Warren said to get a good team around me and I wouldn't have to worry. So, to prepare myself, I then went to interview other directors and asked them the same questions and got their answers. That's why I thought, well, this was a million-dollar education. I went to film school. That taught me the basics, but a lot of what I really learned came from DVD commentaries. Seriously. Those commentaries taught me how to direct and what a vision was. How to hold the vision from script through production. I was lucky to get these directors to give ME a commentary, and now I can share that with everyone."

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Official Synopsis:

A unique feature-length documentary, BECOMING ICONIC: JONATHAN BAKER contains interviews with some of Hollywood's most iconic directors talking with Jonathan Baker. The film explores the process of filmmaking from the ground up through the eyes of top directors as they tell their story of their first time making a feature film in the director's chair.

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Then, after listening to their words of wisdom, Jonathan Baker distills the lessons learned from his experience making his first feature film, INCONCEIVABLE with Nicolas Cage, Gina Gershon and Faye Dunaway.

The Film as a Teaching Tool:

Jonathan Baker and the filmmaking team who created BECOMING ICONIC:  JONATHAN BAKER are hopeful that the documentary serves to showcase that success comes to those who are dedicated to their passion. With a vision that the film will be a tool to start a conversation for those in college, film school, high schools and anyone who loves or wants to be in the film industry, Baker has pledged to devote his time to speak to students of all ages, to help spread his advice on both independent and studio filmmaking. 


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