Self-Proclaimed Entertainment was created to develop and produce compelling documentaries and unscripted television with a cinematic flair. Combining decades of experience in traditional journalism with a history in high-end commercial production, SPE has set out to redefine “reality” into something that aspires to a higher standard – both in terms of social responsibility and production value.
Founded in 2011 as the result of a development deal to create a documentary series titled Deadly Secrets of the Cold War, SPE quickly shifted its attention a feature-length music documentary, Duke & The King. The film premiered at the 2012 Nashville Film Festival and went on to play a number of festivals and special engagements throughout the Southeast, including the SoAL Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Feature.
Following the success of Duke & The King, SPE soon began developing a new music documentary about Newgrass pioneer Sam Bush. The film will premiere in 2015, along with a feature-length concert film and accompanying soundtrack albums.
Self-Proclaimed is currently developing feature documentaries, concert films, and docu-style commercial productions.
Why on earth would an entertainment company adopt the name “Self-Proclaimed?” Other than the fact that self-deprecation is funny in that post-modern, ironic kind of way, there is a story behind the name. You see a few years ago, one of our projects found itself where many entertainment properties do: in the middle of a frivolous lawsuit. In the suit, the disgruntled party referred to one of our executive producers derogatorily as a “self-proclaimed filmmaker.” Rather than get angry, we had a good laugh and realized that was the only name for our company.
Not only is the name a way of owning an attempted insult, but it says something about our philosophy. We won’t kowtow to the industry establishment, and simply believe what they tell us entertainment should be. We’re experienced, professional storytellers. We know what works and what doesn’t. Sometimes what works may fly in the face of popular wisdom – perhaps because no one else has dared to try it. In the end, all we can do is follow our instincts. If we think it’s entertainment, we’ll proclaim it as such.
By the way, the lawsuit failed … our guy prevailed … and the name is here to stay.