Freestyle Digital Media Picks Up Documentary ‘Hendrie’ About Talk Radio Comic Phil Hendrie

EXCLUSIVE: Bryon Allen’s Freestyle Digital Media has scooped up the North American VOD rights to Hendrie, the documentary about talk radio comic Phil Hendrie.

The Phil Hendrie Show aired from 1990 to 2006 in various radio markets. Docu from filmmaker Patrick Reynolds chronicles the life of a radio personality who dared to satirize the very medium he was part of, using a distinct and innovative method that hasn’t been attempted before or since. Of those weighing in on Hendrie in the docu are Bill Hader, Judd Apatow, Kevin Pollak, Henry Rollins, Derek Waters, Dana Gould and Wayne Federman. The film is narrated by them, as well as Hendrie himself as he drives through the streets of his hometown Oxnard, CA in a long black 1976 Cadillac Eldorado telling candid stories about his career as a radio nomad, and the difficulty of relentlessly pushing forward in a medium that didn’t always share his often-bizarre artistic vision.

The movie will be available to rent/own on all digital HD internet, cable, and satellite platforms worldwide, as well as on DVD, starting on March 15 through Freestyle Digital Media.

Reynolds produces with Jordan Brady.

“Hearing guys like Bill Hader and Judd Apatow speak with such reverence about Phil Hendrie is eye-opening,” said Brady, a former standup comic and documentary filmmaker himself. “For instance, when Simpsons writer Dana Gould talks about how everyone in the Simpsons writer’s room would speak in awe about Hendrie’s show, we understand what a massive talent he is.”

“What a gift it’s been to swim around in the insane mind of Phil Hendrie these past years,” said Reynolds. “He’s a one-of-a-kind creative force and I’m still floored that I got to run around talking to people about how cool Phil Hendrie is.”

Freestyle Digital Media hammered out the deal for Hendrie with Glen Reynolds of Circus Road Films.