Black-Produced Doc Finds Netflix Home
The politically themed documentary '60 Spins Around the Sun' premieres tomorrow
"The market is a little flooded now," Black admits. "There are so many great documentaries out there and with reality TV taking off so strong, it's kind of doubled that phenomenon of the documentary fever. But if it's something you believe in, you just keep on plugging away and looking for different ways to show your work."
In this particular case, salvation for the film has come from Netflix, which will begin distributing "60 Spins" exclusively starting on Tuesday (April 11). Directed by Black's former girlfriend Laura Kightlinger, the doc focuses on Randy Credico, a once-promising stand-up comic whose confrontational political jokes led him away from a career in entertainment and into work as an organizer for a variety of causes.
"I just find him inspirational in that he's a guy who wants to make a change and it just shows how anybody can get involved and make a difference politically, even if you're not politician, if you're just a regular citizen who sees injustice," Black notes. "He just shows you how to hit the ground running in terms of social protest and how you can really get involved and make a difference."
The hour-long film was funded through what the "King Kong" star calls the "Jack Black Fund," though he doesn't appear on camera (several other familiar comics include Larry David make appearances). Turned on the Credico's message, Black admits that he's not a "super-political" guy.
"I've been pretty self-obsessed in the last couple years, working nonstop from 'King Kong' to 'Nacho Libre' to the 'The Tenacious D Movie,' it's been back-to-back heart attack," says Black, who's also But when things calm down, yeah man, I want to jump back into the non-profitable money-straight-into-a-firepit-but-feel-good-about-it world."
Despite his denials, it isn't hard to get Black worked up when the conversation turns to the relationship between Washington and Hollywood.
"All the time you hear politicians dictating what filmmakers can and can't do and say and all kinds of censorship, but it doesn't go both ways. When a filmmaker has something to say about politics and what they should or shouldn't do, there's a huge outrage. It's like, 'Oh, shut up. You don't know anything about politics.' 'Well you don't stay out of entertainment. If you don't stay out of entertainment, why do I have to stay out of politics?'"
At least Black has a simple answer for why he's waiting to get more involved.
"I wish I was smarter, so that I could pose a better argument, but I feel in my gut when I sense injustice or something that I feel is wrong politically. I think I know in my heart what's right and wrong, but if you're not armed with the political vocabulary, then it's kind of just a feeling you have."
You can already add "60 Spins Around the Sun" to your Netflix queue.