Shout! Factory in collaboration with Candid Camera, Inc. has debuted the newly produced documentary feature MISTER CANDID CAMERA across major digital streaming platforms. Available for purchase and rental, this captivating movie traces the life and career of Allen Funt, often described as “the man who invented reality TV.” It was written and directed by Funt’s son Peter, and features Carol Burnett, Howie Mandel, Fannie Flagg, and others, with insight into the methods and machinations of the legendary television pioneer.
The August 2nd release coincided with the 75th anniversary of Allen Funt’s foray into hidden recordings with the Candid Microphone radio series, launched by ABC Radio in June 1947. The following year the program went to television and today stands as the only entertainment show in TV history to have produced new episodes in eight different decades.
“Our film has been well received in recent months by festival audiences,” said Peter Funt. “We tried to paint an honest picture of my dad, who was at times hard to work with but probably doesn’t get enough credit for his profound influence on nonfiction TV.”
MISTER CANDID CAMERA was produced by Brian Courrejou with editing by Bob Franco.
Available for Purchase or Rental in the U.S. and Canada: AppleTV, Amazon, GooglePlay, YouTube, Vudu, and other digital platforms