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September 18, 2018

DWAYNE JOHNSON AND DANY GARCIA’S SEVEN BUCKS PRODUCTIONS TO EXECUTIVE PRODUCE “STUNTMAN”

Indie Documentary Detailing Hollywood Stuntman Eddie Braun’s Extraordinary Journey to Redeem Childhood Hero Evel Knievel to Premiere at LA Film Festival

Los Angeles, Calif. – Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia’s Seven Bucks Productions announced today that they will executive produce the documentary film “Stuntman” alongside producers Steven Golebiowski, Eddie Braun and Kurt Mattila of Driven Pictures. Straddling the line between documentary and action film, “Stuntman” offers a rare look into the entertainment industry’s most dangerous and anonymous line of work through the eyes of one of its seasoned professionals. 

Directed by Kurt Mattila, “Stuntman” chronicles the highs and lows of veteran Hollywood stuntman, Eddie Braun as he attempts what many argue is the most dangerous stunt in cinematic history. Following in the footsteps of his childhood idol, Evel Knievel, Braun reflects on having survived multiple car crashes, explosions and death defying leaps over the course of his 30+ year career in film and television. Now, in his mid-50s and contemplating retirement, Braun decides to cap off an extraordinary career by recreating Evel Knievel’s infamous unsuccessful Snake River Canyon rocket jump. In 1974, Knievel narrowly escaped death as his rocket crashed within the canyon’s walls and famously vowed never to do the jump again because it was simply too dangerous. 

Without any industry backing, Braun pours his life savings into his dream of jumping the Snake River Canyon and enlists the help of Scott Truax, the son of the NASA rocket scientist who built Evel’s original steam-powered rocket. Together, the two embark on an emotional journey to clear the Snake River Canyon, redeem the Truax family name and honor the legacy of Evel Knievel.

Seven Bucks Productions’ Hiram Garcia and Brian Gerwitz will Executive Produce alongside Johnson and Dany Garcia.

 “I’ve been lucky to work with some amazing stunt performers over the course of my career, the entire stunt community is the backbone of our business,” said Executive Producer Dwayne Johnson. “Having the opportunity to showcase Eddie’s career and this often overlooked line of work is an honor for us.”

“Eddie Braun’s story is a powerful experience that exposes the level of passion and fearlessness required by these invaluable stunt actors,” said Executive Producer Dany Garcia. “We’re excited to partner with the Driven Pictures team. They deeply understand the nuance of storytelling that center on both redemption and surmounting obstacles. We all look forward to sharing such a powerful example of these themes through Eddie’s narrative.”

“Nobody creates such compelling and original IP on a global scale like Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Seven Bucks Productions. We are honored, humbled, and grateful to partner with their creative genius,” said producer Steven Golebiowski. “Stuntman is a redemption story. At some point in time, every person in the world is confronted with their own canyon to cross. It’s how we deal with our obstacles that define our character. Some people let obstacles stop them, while others figure out a way over them. We are thrilled to get to share this inspirational story with the world guided by the brilliance and surgical precision of Seven Bucks.”

“Stuntman” makes its world premeire at the LA Film Festival on Sunday, September 23at 6:00 p.m. at the Arclight Culver City. Due to demand, a second screening has been added on Thursday, September 27 at 9:15 p.m. with a filmmaker Q&A to follow. Tickets are on sale now at the Arclight box office or Film Independent’s website: tickets.lafilmfestival.com.

Johnson, Garcia and Seven Bucks Productions are repped by WME. Jonesworks and Rogers & Cowan are handling publicity.

About Seven Bucks Productions

Co-founded by Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia, Seven Bucks Productions is a multi-platform production company pioneering original content for television, film, emerging technologies, and digital networks. Crossing all entertainment verticals, Seven Bucks Productions creates innovative content rooted in authenticity, strong storytelling, and passion.

Seven Bucks Productions has an ever-expanding slate including tent-pole movies such as Disney’s Jungle Cruise, Universal’s Hobb’s & Shaw, Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Legendary’s Skyscraper, New Line’s Rampage, Universal’s Red Notice and Warner Brothers The King. The company also produces original television programming including HBO’s “Ballers,” NBC’s “The Titan Games,” BET’s “Finding Justice,” Paramount Network’s “Rock the Troops” and HBO Documentary Films’ “Rock and a Hard Place.”

About Driven Pictures

Driven Pictures is an independent production company co-founded by Steven Golebiowski, Eddie Braun and director Kurt Mattila. Their first film, Stuntman, is a documentary that follows Braun, a veteran stunt performer, on his journey to recreate the infamous Snake River Canyon rocket jump originally attempted by his childhood idol, Evel Knievel in the 1970s. Stuntman offers a rare glimpse into the entertainment industry’s most dangerous profession.

 

 

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