CHEYENNE — Academy-Award nominated filmmaker R.J. Cutler is turning his sights to Wyoming’s most famous — and controversial — politician for his next film, a biopic on former Vice President Dick Cheney.
And he’s looking for the state’s help to make it.
Starting in December, Cutler’s Hollywood-based production company, Actual Reality Pictures, placed ads in the Casper Star-Tribune asking for film footage or photographs of Cheney, who lived in Wyoming during his teenage years, attended the University of Wyoming, and represented the state in Congress from 1979 to 1989.
Ryan Gallagher, an associate producer at Actual Reality, said the company is looking for footage that they wouldn’t be able to find in government archives or purchase from stock film companies.
“You look for as much exclusive and unknown footage that you can,” Gallagher said. “Maybe somebody has a home video somewhere that we haven’t heard about and that we’d just like to see.”
So far, Gallagher said his company hasn’t gotten much response.
The Cheney documentary is scheduled to air on Showtime sometime next fall, Gallagher said. Gallagher said it’s “premature” to give details about what the documentary will be about, as they’re just now starting to work on the film.
Cutler is best-known for documentaries such as the Oscar-nominated “The War Room,” which chronicled Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, and “American High,” an Emmy-winning film about the lives of high school students in suburban Chicago.
Anyone interested in submitting pictures or film of Cheney can contact Actual Reality Pictures at 213-534-3970 or firstname.lastname@example.org.