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Downey’s Robert Downey Sr. Documentary ‘Sr.’ With Plans for Oscar Campaign

The portrait of a maverick indie filmmaker recently had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival and will next screen at the New York Film Festival.

Sr., a documentary feature about the maverick independent filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. that was directed by Chris Smith (Fyre) and counts Robert Downey Jr. among its producers, was acquired by Netflix and will receive full-fledged Oscar campaign.

Downey Jr., who attended the film’s world premiere earlier this month at the Telluride Film Fest intends to hit the campaign trail on behalf of the project about his father (who died at 85 in July 2021).

The feature will drop on the streamer before the end of the year.

It will next screen at the New York Film Festival on October 10 and 11.

Sr. is a co-production between Team Downey, the production company founded by Downey Jr. and Susan Downey, and Library Films.

Netflix and Team Downey previously collaborated on the fantasy series Sweet Tooth, which is heading into its second season. And Smith, a five-time Emmy nominee, previously directed the Netflix projects Fyre (a giant hit for the service), Bad VeganOperation Varsity Blues and Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond.

“We’re grateful to have Netflix partner with us on this highly personal project,” the Downeys, who produced the film with Emily Barclay Ford and Kevin Ford, said in a statement. “They’re the ideal home for our unconventional, oft absurd, brutally in-depth homage.”

Added Smith, “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.”