Back in the spring of this year, the fan documentary Ghostheads premiered as a “work in progress” at the Tribeca Film Festival, and now it’s been picked up by Netflix for a premiere next month. Read on for the details courtesy of Variety.
The streaming network has set a July 15th launch date for the Ghostbusters fan documentary Ghostheads, coinciding with Sony’s opening of its Ghostbusters reboot.
The film looks at the impact the Ghostbusters franchise has had on fans over the past three decades. Interviewees include Dan Aykroyd, Ivan Reitman, Ernie Hudson, Paul Feig, and Peter Mosen, who has been dressing like Aykroyd’s Ray Stantz character since the first film’s release and whose passion landed him a small part in the sequel.
The film is directed by Brendan Mertens, a Canadian filmmaker who said of his fellow fans, “Ghostheads are friendly people – there’s not really any animosity like in other fandoms we’ve seen. They really use their powers for good – raising money for their local communities, providing a place for people who may otherwise feel alone, and visiting children’s hospitals in full gear, brightening the days of every child they meet.”
Producers are Tommy Avallone and Lee Leshen. Adam F. Goldberg (ABC’s “The Goldbergs”) co-produced, as did Derrick Kunzer, who also serves as the film’s director of photography. Raymond Esposito and Kevin Sisti, Jr., executive produced.
“When we visited various comic cons, we’d run into Ghostheads around every corner, all of whom had their own flight suits, and many had built their own proton packs,” Leshen said. “The dedication these fans have is evidenced not only through their uniforms, but also through their positive attitude. They truly believe in the franchise’s messaging of friendship, teamwork, and doing good for the common man.”
Production took a little over a year, with financing mostly coming from Indiegogo and Kickstarter campaigns.