Cannes: Content Films President Jamie Carmichael on Selling Scientology Doc 'Going Clear' (Q&A) - 2015-05-18
The soft-spoken Jamie Carmichael has become an expert at selling controversial fare to international buyers — including Alex Gibney's documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, which has caused waves with its damning portrayal of Scientology and high-ranking members such as Tom Cruise.
The British-born foreign sales agent is president of L.A.-based Content Film, whose parent company, Content Media, has a 50 percent stake in Gibney's production company, Jigsaw Productions. Carmichael, who lives in Pacific Palisades, Calif., with his wife and two sons, has succeeded in selling Going Clear to buyers around the globe. He also handled Gibney's Catholic Church exposé Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God internationally.
The 49-year-old, who is in Cannes with a slate of films including a Maria Callas biopic starring Noomi Rapace, the doc Steve McQueen, The Man & Le Mans and The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, produced by and starring Jessica Biel with a score composed by her husband, Justin Timberlake, sat down with THR to discuss how the church won't be able to stop Going Clear from being seen, the challenges of selling films in Cannes, and how he once went on a global trek that included a tour of a weapons factory in Pakistan.