Drafthouse Films is staying right on track with their goal of releasing about a half-dozen new films in 2012. They already have the wild and bizarre The FP, the hilarious Clown, the intense Bullhead, and the ambitious horror anthology The ABCs of Death slated for US distribution -- and now they've added another title to the already top-notch pile: Mark Hartley's Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films.
If you don't know Hartley's name, we strongly advise you take a trip over to Netflix and fire up his first feature documentary, Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation. Not only is it an incredible documentary about the rogue, borderline unbelievable history of filmmaking in Australia, but it's also just a wildly entertaining watch regardless if you're already interested in the subject matter (and if you aren't, we guarantee you will be by the time it ends; it's infectious). And when you're done with that, queue up Hartley's second documentary on exploitation cinema, this time focusing on the Philippines, Machete Maidens Unleashed.
It's only natural that Hartley would next turn his sights on the big pooh-bah of marginal filmmaking, Cannon Films, the studio that gave the world people like Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme and films like Runaway Train, Lifeforce, Breakin', Kickboxer, Masters of the Universe, and a whole, whole lot more. It's also only natural that Hartley team up with Drafthouse Films. Not only have both of his prior films played at Fantastic Fest, but the two just couldn't possibly be more ideologically simpatico and we're thrilled to hear that they (and the film's producers, XYZ Films,) are uniting to give film fans an unprecedented look into one of the most interesting film studios of all time.