Robert Drew

New streaming service to offer rare ’60s docs

SundanceNow Doc Club will stream 10 films from Drew Associates, the org founded by the late legendary filmmaker Robert Drew.
November 18, 2014

Streaming video service SundanceNow Doc Club is to offer a collection of 10 films from Drew Associates, the doc organization founded by the late Robert Drew (pictured).

The films cover topics ranging from capital punishment and the war in Vietnam, to actor Jane Fonda and racing driver Eddie Sachs.

From Dec. 1, the VOD service will offer its subscribers Jane (1960), Yanki No! (1960), The Children Were Watching (1961), Mooney vs. Fowle (1961), On the Pole: Eddie Sachs (1961), The Chair (1962), Susan Starr (1962), Mission To Malaya (1964), Letters from Vietnam (1965) and Storm Signal (1966).

Each was made under the Drew Associates banner, representing an ensemble that — in addition to Drew — featured contributions from notables such as DA Pennebaker, Richard Leacock, David Maysles and Al Maysles. Several of the titles have never before been available on DVD or via online streaming, according to SundanceNow Doc Club.

Thom Powers, the stream service’s curator, said: “For decades, it’s been difficult for audiences to see these films. It’s a cause for celebration that they’re finally being made available.”

The news comes after Drew passed away in July this year at the age of 90.

The acquisition of the Drew Associates titles marks the second major coup in recent months for the SundanceNow Doc Club, coming after Powers and his team last month secured the VOD rights for Claude Lanzmann’s nine-and-a-half-hour Holocaust epic Shoah.

As with several of the Drew Associates titles, the Doc Club states that the acquisition of Shoah is believed to be the first time the film has been licensed to a commercial VOD service.

  • The Chair can be watched for free online here all through this month.

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