Chris Smith’s (Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, American Movie) documentary “Sr.”, a tribute to maverick filmmaker Robert Downey Sr., will be released on Netflix later this year.
“Sr.” had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival, and is set to screen at the New York Film Festival.
The documentary is produced by Team Downey’s Susan Downey, Robert Downey Jr., Emily Barclay Ford and Kevin Ford.
Sr.” is described as a lovingly irreverent portrait of the life and career of maverick filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. that quickly devolves into a meditation on art, mortality, and healing generational dysfunction.
Producers Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey said, “We’re grateful to have Netflix partner with us on this highly personal project. They’re the ideal home for our unconventional, oft absurd, brutally in-depth homage.”
Director Chris Smith said, “On the first day of filming, Sr. said “trust anything, and anything can happen” – and that ended up being the guiding light for the project. What started as a straightforward documentary quickly devolved into anything but. Knowing what I know now, it’s really the only way you could attempt to make something on the two Downeys. Larger than life, but open and human as ever, it was such a pleasure and life affirming experience to try to capture some glimpses of the highs, lows, and everything in-between.”