Netflix Acquires Edward Norton-Produced Doc 'My Own Man'

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Netflix announced that it will exclusively premiere My Own Man, a documentary from executive producer Edward Norton, on March 6. The film was written, produced and directed by David Sampliner (Dirty Work).

The description is as follows:

When director Sampliner learns he’s about to become a father to a baby boy, he fears he must “man up” and finally embrace the latent masculinity he’s rejected all his life. But as he immerses himself in a strange new world of masculine ideals, including vocal lessons, warrior weekends and hunting, he realizes all roads lead back to his own fraught relationship with his father. Intimate, funny and moving, My Own Man reveals the sometimes painful truths that are often left unspoken between fathers and sons. The film made its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2014.

“We’re proud to be working with Edward Norton and David Sampliner on this film,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix VP of Original Documentary and Comedy. “Intensely personal and yet universally relatable, My Own Man is both an exploration of the new masculinity and an examination of age-old differences between fathers and sons.”

“My Own Man is as deeply personal as filmmaking can get. You rarely see an artist document their own personal experience with such candor and simultaneously offer such deep insights into the very universal struggle to communicate within a family,” said Norton. “It’s a film that lies within the emotional spectrum of great drama.”

“When I started making this film, I wanted to document an experience I shared with a lot of my peers: becoming a husband and father in a time when the roles for men were changing so dramatically,” added Sampliner. “But in the course of shooting over seven years, I realized that discovering how to be a 21st century dad meant coming to terms with my own father. I’m hoping that by watching a portrait of my family, audiences will find new ways of understanding their own.”

The film is a Sixteen Tons Production in association with Class 5 Films.

It's been a fairly big day of announcements for Netflix, as the company also announced a release date for its next original series, and that it is launching a "Recommended TV" program for television manufacturers, which will give the Netflix stamp of approval on performance.

Also, you can see a list of newly added titles here.

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